Mailea Miller-Pierce EO

Mailea Miller-Pierce is an ecologist at Washington State University. Her research investigates the influence of anthropogenic sources of nutrients on the health and functioning of ecosystems. She is interested in how humans impact species interactions, community composition, and biodiversity.

She is also affiliated with the National Science Foundations’ IGERT program called NSPIRE
(Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education). This program encourages scientists to develop their research to be interdisciplinary and to better inform policy and management recommendations.


PhD Candidate Biology, Washington State University, Present

Master of Science, Biology,  University of Rhode Island, 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Concentration: Zoology, Sonoma State University, 2007

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, Conc: Conservation and Restoration, Sonoma State University, 2007



Miller-Pierce, M. and J. Bishop. Nitrogen deposition: A synthesis of effects on plant-insect interactions. In prep for Ecosystems.

Miller-Pierce, M and N. Rhoads. The influence of wastewater discharge on water quality in Hawai’i: A comparative study for Lahaina and Kihei, Maui. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 103(1-2): 54-62. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.12.047

Miller-Pierce, M. and R. Knox. 2014. Why the Clean Water Act Nutrient Water Quality Criteria Have Failed to Protect Hawaii’s Coral Reefs. Water Environment Federation Technical Conference proceedings. September, 2014.

Miller-Pierce, M. 2015. NextGen’s Voices: Tools for the Future. Science, 348(6230): 32-35. DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6230.32.

Miller-Pierce, M., D. Shaw, A. DeMarco, and P. Oester. 2015. Introduced and native parasitoid wasps associated with Larch Casebearer (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae) in Western Larch. Environmental Entomology. DOI: 10.1093/ee/nvu016.

Ingwell, L., M. Miller-Pierce, T. Trotter, and E. Preisser. 2012. Vegetation and invertebrate community response to Eastern hemlock decline in southern New England. Northeastern Naturalist, 19(4): 541-558.

Miller-Pierce, M. R. and Preisser, E. L. 2012. Asymmetric priority effects influence the success of invasive forest insects. Ecological Entomology, 37: 350–358.

Preisser, E., M. Miller-Pierce, J. Vansant, and D. Orwig. 2011. Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) regeneration in the presence of hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) and elongate hemlock scale. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41(12): 2433-2439.

Miller-Pierce, M., E. Preisser, and D. Orwig. 2010. Effects of hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale on Eastern hemlock growth and foliar chemistry. Environmental Entomology, 39(2): 513-519.