Ian Miller

Coastal Hazard Specialist, Olympic Peninsula

Curriculum Vitae


  • Sea level rise
  • Ocean acidification
  • Marine debris
  • Tsunamis
  • Beach erosion and other changes
  • Washington coastal ecology
  • Coastal sediment transport and geomorphology

A skilled science communicator and media spokesperson as well as a trained scientist, Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles and the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. Ian works with coastal communities and public agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to strengthen their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunamis, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and other hazards associated with climate change. He brings a suite of tools to this challenge, including outreach, coordination, applied research, a synthesis of existing science and assistance in securing whatever funding and additional expertise communities may need.

Ian led the development of a comprehensive climate change assessment for the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, the first such assessment in the national marine sanctuary system. He also helped the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe draft its Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. He has advised the Puget Sound Pilots and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, both based on Ediz Hook, on tsunami hazards and evacuation strategies.

Before joining Washington Sea Grant, Ian served as the education director of the Olympic Park Institute and as Washington field coordinator for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Ecology from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His graduate research focused on the transport and fate of sediment in the coastal zone adjacent to the Elwha River delta. Follow him online at the Coast Nerd Gazette blog.