Liza Miller

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Liza Miller


Liza Miller was awarded her doctorate in 1999 from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her dissertation topic was "Identification and Evolution of Melolonthini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Australian Canefields," and her doctorate encompassed entomology, systematics, phylogenetics and population genetics.

The objectives of her doctoral research were: (1) describe the morphology of 19 species of Australian canegrubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthini); (2) develop a molecular identification key for morphologically similar canegrubs; (3) investigate the population genetics of a canegrub species to explain its population dynamics and gene flow.


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2. Miller LJ, Graham GC, Allsopp PG, Yeates DK. 1997. Use of DNA sequencing for species identification and phylogeography: canegrub examples (Scarabaeidae: Melolonthini). In 'Soil Invertebrates 1997.' (Eds. Allsopp PG, Rogers DJ and Robertson LN). Pp. 31-34. Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Brisbane.

3. Cribb BW, Hull CD, Moore CJ, Miller LJ, Yeates DK. 1998. Structure and function of raster in Melolonthine larvae. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 91: 202-210.

4. Miller LJ, Allsopp PG, Graham GC, Yeates DK. 1998. Complementary morphological and molecular approaches to pest identification in the Australian sugarcane industry. Proceedings of the Sixth Australasian Applied Entomological Research Conference. Pp. 463-470. University of
Queensland, Australia.

5. Miller LJ, Graham GC, Allsopp PG, Yeates DK. 1999. Identification of morphologically similar canegrubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthini) using a molecular diagnostic technique. Australian Journal of Entomology 38: 189-196.

6. Miller LJ, Allsopp PG.2000. Identification of Australian Canegrubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthini) Invertebrate Taxonomy 14: 377-409.

7. Miller, L. and P. Allsopp. 2005. Phylogeography of the scarab beetle Antitrogus parvulus Britton (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology 44: 29-36.


Allsopp PG, Miller LJ (1999) grubID version 1.0 Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Brisbane Q. Australia.


2. Miller LJ (1999) Identification and Evolution of Melolonthini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Australian Canefields. PhD Thesis. Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Queensland. St Lucia, Queensland, Australia.


4. Allsopp PG, Miller LJ (1999) Final report - S97S. Methods for accurate identification of canegrubs. SRDC Final Report SD99011. Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations Queensland, Australia.

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