Dr Raeanne Miller

Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI
PA37 1QA

tel: 01631 559 276
mob: 07726 724102

Available to talk to the media about

  • Marine energy (renewables and oil and gas)
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Artificial reefs

In these languages

English, French


I am a marine ecologist with expertise in marine invertebrate larvae and the environmental consequences of deploying man-made structures in the sea. I joined the Bryden Centre in September 2018 as a researcher at the University of the Highlands and Islands based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI in Oban, Scotland.

My research aims to shed light on the organisms which grow on marine renewable energy infrastructure, to 1) understand the cues which attract larvae to marine renewable energy infrastructure, 2) enable prediction of biofouling pressure across a variety of marine environments, in order to 3) improve strategies for biofouling mitigation.

More fundamentally, I seek to understand the cues which influence the dispersal and settlement patterns of biofouling organisms and other marine invertebrates, including crustaceans, molluscs, and polychaete worms.

I am also experienced in knowledge exchange in both the marine renewable energy and climate science sectors. I am a member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas working group on marine renewable energy and I am co-lead of the ocean systems research area at SAMS UHI.

I also enjoy spending time running and mountain biking in the Scottish Highlands, and compete in off-road races and triathlons

Current research

My current research focuses on how underwater sound and vibration emitted from man-made structures influences the type and diversity of creatures which live on them.

Research groups and interests

I co-lead the ocean systems research area at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, and am a member of the marine, environmental science, and engineering cluster at the university. I am also a member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas working group on marine renewable energy.

I am also interested in women in STEM and increasing diversity in the workplace and am happy to discuss these topics as well! I participated in the inaugural Homeward Bound Leadership programme for women in STEM in 2016, as well as in the 2018-2019 Aurora Programme through the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Selected publications

Kirk, E. and Miller, R.G. (2018). Offshore Oil and Gas Installations in the Arctic: responding to uncertainty through science and law. Arctic Yearbook 2018, 256-274.

Fox, C.J., Benjamins, S., Masden, E., and Miller, R.G. (2018). Challenges and opportunities in monitoring the impacts of tidal stream devices on marine vertebrates. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 81, 1926-1938.

Billing, S.L., Tett, P., Brennan, R., and Miller, R.G. (2018). Societal, Policy and Academic ‘Visions’ for the Future of the Marine Environment and Its Management, Exemplified in the Western and Northern Isles of Scotland. Humanities for the Environment. 6(4), 81.

J Loxton, AK Macleod, CR Nall, T McCollin, I Machado, T Simas, T Vance, C Kenny, A Want, R.G. Miller (2017). Setting an agenda for biofouling research for the marine renewable energy industry. International Journal for Marine Energy. 19, 292-303.

Adams, T. P., Miller, R.G., Aleynik, D., Burrows, M.T. (2014). Offshore renewable energy devices as stepping stones across biogeographic boundaries. Journal of Applied Ecology. 51:2, 330-338.

Miller, R.G., Hutchison, Z.L., Macleod, A.M., Burrows, M.T., Cook, E.J., Last, K.S., and Wilson, B. (2013). Marine renewable energy development: assessing the Benthic Footprint at multiple scales. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11:8, 433-440