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Joyce E. Miller, M.S., C.H.

Director of Seafloor Data Services, Hawaii Mapping Research Group
Research Corporation University of Hawaii


B.S. and M.S., German/mathematics education, Indiana University, 1969
Master’s research in Marine Geology, University of Hawaii, 1974-1980

Professional Affiliations

Certified Hydrographer, American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) No. 199

Member, The Hydrographic Society of America and American Geophysical Union

Qualification Highlights

Forty years of experience conducting geophysical and oceanographic surveys, specializing in multibeam mapping for charting, benthic habitat mapping, and deep sea geologic research.

Has developed and taught multibeam and hydrographic training courses for Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), Philippine Navy, and NOAA.

Total Years of Experience: 40
Over  the past four decades, Ms. Miller has worked commercially as well as for government and academic institutions and therefore has a broad understanding of requirements for effective hydrographic surveying. In 2015 she retired from her position as Director of Seafloor Data Services, Hawaii Mapping Research Group, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Univ. of Hawaii. In this and previous positions, she has led numerous mapping projects for the University of Hawaii, the State of Hawaii, the Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center (PIBHMC), and for NOAA partners, including the Office of Coast Survey and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. During the past 15 years she has led or participated in the acquisition and processing of multibeam data for 10,000 sq. km. of shallow coral habitats (0-150 m) and over 120,000 sq. km. in deeper Pacific waters, developing techniques for application of multibeam data to coral reef ecosystem benthic habitat mapping. She also participated in nautical charting surveys of Honolulu, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota (CNMI) harbors and cable surveys around Oahu and Maui counties. From 2001 to 2011 Ms. Miller worked with NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division. From 1990 to 2000 she worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and helped to develop applications for hydrographic charting surveys during the first commercial multibeam surveys in Long Island Sound and Martha’s Vineyard. While with SAIC she also helped to design, implement, and test the ISS-2000 survey system for NAVOCEANO and led numerous ISS-2000 system training courses aboard NAVOCEANO ships and launches. In 1997/1998 she served as lead trainer for new survey systems for 2 Philippine Navy Hydrographic vessels. In the 1980’s she worked as a geophysicist, surveyor, data manager, and operations director for NOAA, NAVOCEANO, and the University of Rhode Island’s multibeam mapping group. She has spent over 16 years at sea on government, commercial and academic vessels, including four years of cruising aboard her 50’ sailboat in the Caribbean, Central America, the Galapagos, and Hawaii.

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