Jeremy Miller

jeremy Miller

I am an advocate for the free and open exchange of scientific data. I take this position not only because (through public financial support) vast quantities of data rightly belong in the public domain, but because scientific power depends on independent verifiability. Evolving technologies, data standards, and norms of scientific practice are encouraging open access publishing practices and the aggregation of primary data formatted according to community standards. These trends have exciting potential benefits for science and society.


Biodiversity, Cybertaxonomy, spiders

Dr. Jeremy Miller

Understanding evolution
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My research program studies patterns of biodiversity in spiders and other megadiverse taxa, cybertaxonomy and evolution of spiders, and the mobilization of data from taxonomic literature.

I  use a combination of morphology and DNA sequence data to investigate patterns of biodiversity in spider communities. My work in spider taxonomy follows an open access cybertaxonomic model. In addition to traditional publications, elements of my taxonomic work are distributed online to an assortment of databases and resources. With primary data aggregated according to community standards, it becomes possible to reuse and recombine data without restrictions. I use an XML-based semantic enhancement approach to visualize and aggregate primary data from legacy taxonomic publications, suggesting new possibilities for legacy biodiversity data.

Students and researchers conducting an inventory of the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius.


  • Caribbean Biodiversity. 
  • Mobilizing data from taxonomic literature. 
  • Cybertaxonomy and evolution of spiders. 


  • Egloff W., Agosti D., Kishor P., Patterson D., Miller, J.A. 2017. Copyright and the Use of Images as Biodiversity Data. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e12502.
  • Miller J.A., Agosti D., Penev L., Sautter G., Georgiev T., Catapano T., Patterson D., King D., Pereira S., Vos R.A., Sierra S. 2015. Integrating and visualizing primary data from prospective and legacy taxonomic literature. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e5063.
  • Miller J.A., MillerJ.H., Pham D-S., Beentjes K.K. 2014. Cyberdiversity: improving the informatic value of diverse tropical arthropod inventories. PLOS ONE 9: e115750.
  • Miller J.A., Griswold C.E., Scharff N., Rezac M., Szuts T., Marhabaie M. 2012. The velvet spiders: an atlas of the Eresidae (Arachnida, Araneae). ZooKeys195: 1-144.
  • Miller J., Dikow T., Agosti D., Sautter G., Catapano T., Penev L., Zhang Z.-Q., Pentcheff D., Pyle R., Blum S., Parr C., Freeland C., Garnett T., Ford L.S., Muller B., Smith L., Strader G., Georgiev T., Benichou L. 2012. From taxonomic literature to cybertaxonomic content. BMC Biology 10: 87.
  • Miller J.A., Carmichael A., Ramirez M.J., Spagna J.C., Haddad C.R., Rezac M., Johannesen J., Kral J., Wang X.-P., Griswold C.E. 2010. Phylogeny of entelegyne spiders: Affinities of the family Penestomidae (NEW RANK), generic phylogeny of Eresidae, and asymmetric rates of change in spinning organ evolution (Araneae, Araneoidea, Entelegynae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55: 786-804.
  • Miller J.A., Griswold C.E., Haddad C.R. 2010. Taxonomic revision of the spider family Penestomidae (Araneae, Entelegynae). Zootaxa 2534: 1-36.
  • Coddington J.A., Agnarsson I., Miller J.A., Kuntner M., Hormiga G. 2009. Undersampling bias: the null hypothesis for singleton species in tropical arthropod surveys. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 573-584.
  • Miller J.A., Griswold C.E., Yin C.M. 2009. The symphytognathoid spiders of the Gaoligongshan, Yunnan, China (Araneae, Araneoidea): Systematics and diversity of micro-orbweavers. ZooKeys 11: 9-195.
  • Miller J.A. 2007. Repeated evolution of male sacrifice behavior in spiders correlated with genital mutilation. Evolution 61: 1301-1315.

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Naturalis aims to be a breeding ground for international scientific talent. Therefore, PhD's have a special position in our organisation.

    • F. Andres Rivera Quiroz
    • Hector Ortega Salas 
    PhD student F. Andrés Rivera Quiroz hard at work on his research.


    • Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods. Leiden University with field practice in Borneo. 
    • Integrative Taxonomy, unit on Cybertaxonomy. Leiden University. 
    • Methods in Biodiversity Analysis, unit on Functional Traits. Leiden University.