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Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

Academic & Research Interest

The transport and transformation of organic and inorganic compounds is the focus of my research. Our laboratory has a long-term interest in the environmental photochemistry of organic compounds, and recently is focusing on the photolysis of pesticides on soil surfaces and in the gas phase. We have developed a heated gas-phase photoreactor which has been very useful in establishing concentrations of pesticides in the gas-phase which can be irradiated with solar simulators. We are also working on a variety of projects related to contamination from mining sites, both from current precious metals mining sites and historic mines. We have developed an anaerobic bioreactor that uses sulfate-reducing bacteria to raise the pH of wastewater and also to remove metals and sulfate from effluent streams. We are also studying the geochemistry of precious metals mining pit lakes, which will be created once many of the large mines close. The long-term impact of these pit lakes on the environment is unknown, and we are investigating methods to predict the eventual water quality in these lakes.

B.S. 1972, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. 1977, University of California, Davis

Areas of Study

Contaminant transport,   Geochemistry,   Water quality,  

Current Students:

John Steude (PhD)
Bruce Warden (MS)

Past Students:

Ronald Hershey (PhD)

Representative Publications

Neupane, B., Shintani, D., Coronella, C., Lin, H., Miller, G. C. 2016, Grindelia squarrosa: A Potential Arid Lands Biofuel Plant., Journal of Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5(1), 995–1001
Woodrow, J., Lepage, J., Miller, G. C., Hebert, V. 2014, Determination of Methyl Isocyanate in Outdoor Residential Air Near Metam-sodium Soil Fumigations., Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62, 8921-8927.  
Suzuki N, Miller G, Sejima H, Harper J, Mittler R. 2013, Enhanced seed production under prolonged heat stress conditions in Arabidopsis thaliana plants deficient in cytosolic ascorbate peroxidase 2., Journal of Experimental Botany 64: 253-63  
Lin, H., Strull, J., Liu, Y., Karmiol, Z., Plank, K., Miller, G. C., Guo, Z. 2012, High yield production of levulinic acid by catalytic partial oxidation of cellulose in aqueous media., Energy and Environmental Science, 5, 9773-9777.  
Woodrow, J., Seiber, J., Miller, G. C. 2010, Correlation to Estimate Emission Rates for Soil-Applied Fumigants., J. Agricultural and Food Chemistry  
Woodrow, J. E., Seiber, J. N., Miller, G. C. 2008, Acrylamide release resulting from sunlight irradiation of aqueous polyacrylamide/iron mixtures., Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 56(8), 2773-2779.  
Luo, Q., Tsukamoto, T., Zamzow, K., Miller, G. C. 2008, Arsenic, Selenium, and Sulfate Removal using an Ethanol-enhanced Sulfate-Reducing Bioreactor., International Mine Water Association, 26(2), 1-12.  
Hebert, V.R, C. Hoonhout and G.C. Miller 2000, Reactivity of Certain Organophosphorus Insecticides Toward Hydroxyl Radicals at Elevated Air Temperatures, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 48:1922-1928  
Tsukamoto, T.K., and G.C. Miller 1999, Methanol as a Carbon Source for Bioremediation of Acid Mine Drainage, Water Research, 33:1365-1370  
V. R. Hebert and G.C. Miller 1998, Gas Phase Photolysis of Phorate, Chemosphere 36:2057-2066  
Book Chapter(s)
Masaitis, A., Miller, G. C. 2015, Development of the stakeholders’ engagement plan as a mining social responsibility practice., Conflict Resolution in the Mining Industry (pp. 14). American Chemical Society: American Geophysical Union.  
Masaitis, A., Miller, G. C. 2013, Reduction of Conflicts in Mining Development Using “Good Neighbor Agreements., In J.L. Drake, Y.Y Kontar and G.S. Rife (Ed.), New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement: The Nature of Communication (vol. 38, pp. 73-81). New York: Springer.  
Miller, G.C., C. Hoonhout, W.W. Miller, M.M. Miller 1999, Geochemistry of Closed Heaps: A Rationale for Drainage Water Quality, D. Kosich and G.C. Miller, eds, "Closure, Remediation and Management of Precious Metals Heap Leach Facilities", University of Nevada, (1999)  
J. Geddes and G. C. Miller 1998, Photolysis of Organics in the Environment, D.L Macalady, ed. -Perspectives in Environmental Chemistry, Oxford University Press (1998) p 195-209.  
J. Geddes and G. C. Miller 1998, Photolysis of Organics in the Environment, D.L Macalady, ed. -Perspectives in Environmental Chemistry, Oxford University Press (1998) p 195-209.  
Miller, G. C. 2011, A Grand Challenge: sustainable Natural Resources Development on a Small Planet, Non-Academic, Long Term Management Challenges at Hard Rock Mining Sites, National Academy of Science  
Lu, Z., Miller, G. C., Hebert, V. 2017, Laboratory Measured Emission Losses of Methyl Isothiocyanate at Paciic Northwest Soil Surface Fumigation Temperatures., Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 5.  
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Contact Info

1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557
Office: (775) 784-4108
Lab: 784-6654

Fax: 784-1142