Victoria Miller

Research Fellow – Volcanology (MVO)

Contact

Email
victoria@mvo.ms

Telephone
1-664-491-5647

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Geology, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (1998)

M.Sc. Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2000)

Grad. Dip. Emergency Services Management, Massey University, New Zealand (2002)

Ph.D. Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, United States (2011)

Research Profile

Expertise

  • Hazard Assessment (Volcanic, Earthquake, Tsunami)
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Volcano Monitoring (including technique development and assessment)
  • Capacity Building

Bio

Following her B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Geology at Plymouth University, UK (volcano deformation analysis), Victoria moved to New Zealand to complete a Masters in Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, focusing on the development and implementation of new volcano monitoring techniques (seismic and deformation). Victoria then worked as an Emergency Management Officer for Upper Hutt City, developing and maintaining the city’s emergency response capability for natural hazard events. During this time, she obtained a Graduate Diploma in applied natural hazard management that included working with government officials in Vanuatu to develop a provincial disaster plan for Penama province. Victoria’s Ph.D. research at the Pennsylvania State University, US, focused on developing and implementing seismic methods to examine volcanic and crustal processes at Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Upon completing her Ph.D., Victoria spent six years working at Geoscience Australia, the national geoscience agency in Australia, as a volcanologist and specialist in natural hazard and risk. This role included the development and application of hazard and risk analysis tools for volcano, earthquake and tsunami, together with knowledge transfer to colleagues at partner government agencies (Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines) to support capacity building in natural hazard monitoring and modelling in these countries.

Research Interests

Victoria’s interest in natural hazards focuses on the applied use of scientific knowledge to facilitate effective decision making in order to reduce loss of life and detrimental impacts from volcanoes. From developing and applying volcano monitoring techniques and disaster plans through to effective communication, capability building and training encompassing a range of natural hazards to enable international agencies, national / local governments, community leaders, educational centres and members of the community to better inform and prepare for natural hazard events.

Including:

  • Development and application of natural hazard and risk assessment methods to inform hazard management planning
  • Effective planning and communication of natural hazard analysis to facilitate the uptake of science into evidence-based decision making
  • Use of contextual learning and innovative delivery methods for mainstreaming hazard and risk education in both educational and professional settings
  • Disaster risk reduction for sustainable development
  • Development and use of geophysical volcano monitoring techniques; evaluation of volcano-monitoring methods and networks; innovative volcano monitoring instrumentation and data processing for a resource-constrained context
  • Applying geophysical techniques to better understand magma-crustal interactions and the interplay between local and regional stress response

Major Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Garthwaite, M.C., Miller, V.L., Saunders, S., Hu, G., Parks, M. (2019). A simplified approach to operational InSAR monitoring of volcano deformation in low- and middle-income countries: Case study of Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea. Frontiers in Earth Science 6:240, doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00240
  • Griffin, J.D., Pranantyo, I.R., Kongko, W., Haunan, A., Rahayu, R., Miller, V., Davies, G., Horspool, N., Maemunah, I., Widjaja, W.B., Natawidjaja, D.H., and Latief, H. (2017) Assessing tsunami hazard using heterogeneous slip models in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Geological Society of London Special Publication: Geohazards in Indonesia, 441, doi:10.1144/SP441.3
  • Miller, V., Bear-Crozier, A.N., Newey, V., Horspool, N., Weber, R., (2016) Probabilistic Volcanic Ash Hazard Analysis (PVAHA) II: Assessment of the Asia-Pacific region using VAPAHR. Journal of Applied Volcanology, 5:4. doi: 10.1186/s13617-016-0044-3
  • Bear-Crozier, A.N., Miller, V., Newey, V., Horspool, N., Weber, R., (2016) Probabilistic Volcanic Ash Hazard Analysis (PVAHA) I: Development of the VAPAHR tool for emulating multi-scale volcanic ash fall analysis. Journal of Applied Volcanology, 5: 3, doi:10.1186/s13617-016-0043-4
  • Davies, G., Horspool, N., Miller, V., (2015), Tsunami inundation from heterogeneous earthquake slip distributions: Evaluation of synthetic source models, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, 6431–6451, doi:10.1002/2015JB012272
  • Miller, V., Voight, B., Ammon, C.J., Shalev, E., Thompson, G., (2010), Seismic expression of magma-induced crustal strains and localized fluid pressures during initial eruptive stages, Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L00E21, doi:10.1029/2010GL043997
  • Shalev, E., Kenedi, C.L., Malin, P., Voight, B., Miller, V., Hidayat, D., Sparks, R.S.J., Minshull, T., Paulatto, M., Brown, L., Mattioli, G., (2010), Three-dimensional seismic velocity tomography of Montserrat from the SEA-CALIPSO offshore/onshore experiment, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L00E17, doi:10.1029/2010GL042498
  • Byerly, K., Brown, L., Voight, B., Miller, V., (2010), Reflection imaging of deep structure beneath Montserrat using microearthquake sources, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L00E20, doi:10.1029/2009GL041995
  • Miller, V., Hurst, T., Beavan, J., (2003), Feasibility study for geodetic monitoring of Mt Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand using GPS. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 46, 1
  • Miller, V., Savage, M., (2001), Changes in seismic anisotropy after volcanic eruptions: evidence from Mount Ruapehu. Science, 293, 5538, p2231-2233

Book chapters

  • Jenkins, S., Wilson, T.M., Magill, C.R., Miller, V., Stewart, C., Blong, R., Marzocchi, W., Boulton, M., Bonadonna, C., Costa, A., (2015) Volcanic ash fall hazard and risk, in Global Volcanic Hazards and Risk, edited by S.C. Loughlin, S. Sparks, S.K. Brown, S.F. Jenkins, C. Vye-Brown, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Voight, B., Sparks, R.S.J., Shalev, E., Minshull, T., Paulatto, M., Annen, C., Kenedi, C., Hammond, J., Henstock, T., Brown, L., Kiddle, E., Malin, P., Mattioli, G., Carothers, L., Belousov, A., Clarke, A., Ellett, L., Elsworth, D., Hidayat, D., Herd, R., Johnson, M., Lee, A., Miller, V., Murphy, B., Pierce, C., Ryan, G., Saldana, S., Snelson, C., Stewart, R., Syers, R., Widiwijayanti, C., Young, S.R., Zamora, W., (2014), The SEA-CALIPSO volcano imaging experiment 1 at Montserrat: plans, campaigns at sea and on land, scientific results, and lessons learned, in The Eruption of Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat from 2000 to 2010, edited by G. Wadge, R. Robertson, and B. Voight, Geological Society Memoirs, London

Technical reports

  • Stinton, A., Bass, V., Christopher, T., Fergus, M., Hatter, S., Miller, V., Pascal, K., Smith, P., Stewart, R., Syers, R. and Williams, P., (2019). MVO Scientific Report for Volcanic Activity between 1 October 2018 and 31 March 2019. Open-file Report 19/01, Montserrat Volcano Observatory, 2019
  • Smith, P., Bass, V., Christopher, T., Edgecombe, N., Hatter, S., Miller, V., Pascal, K., Stewart, R. and Syers, R. (2018). MVO Scientific Report for Volcanic Activity between 1 April and 30 September 2018. Open-file Report 18/02, Montserrat Volcano Observatory, 2018
  • Smith, P., Bass, V., Christopher, T., Edgecombe, N., Hatter, S., Miller, V., Pascal, K., Stewart, R. and Syers, R. (2018). MVO Scientific Report for Volcanic Activity between 1 October 2017 and 31 March 2018. Open-file Report 18/01, Montserrat Volcano Observatory, 2018.
  • Miller, V., Woolf, M. (2016). Strengthening natural hazard risk assessment capacity in Papua New Guinea: Completion Report for Australian Aid Program. Activity Schedule No. 15 of ROU No. 51172. Geoscience Australia Professional Opinion 2016/02. Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 30pp
  • Weber, R., Miller, V. (2016). Remote Sensing and Geospatial Support to PNG: Activity Schedule No. 38 of ROU No. 51172. Completion Report for Australian Aid Program. Geoscience Australia Professional Opinion 2016/02. Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 15pp
  • Cox, G.M., Griffin, J., Miller, V., Garthwaite, M.C. (2016). Tsunamigenic potential of the Kerguelen Plateau. Geoscience Australia Record 2016/09, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 57pp
  • Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Ryu, H., Edwards, M., Dale, K., Miller, V. (2014). GAR15 Vulnerability Functions. Geoscience Australia Record 2014/38, Geoscience Australia, Canberra – Technical Background Paper for the UN-ISDR 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, 614pp
  • Jenkins, S., Wilson, T.M., Magill, C.R., Miller, V., Stewart, C., Marzocchi, W., Boulton, M. (2014). Volcanic ash fall hazard and risk – Technical Background Paper for the UN-ISDR 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, 43pp
  • Bear-Crozier, A. N., Miller, V., Newey, V, Horspool, N., Weber, R. (2014). Emulating volcanic ash fall for multi-scale analysis: Development of the VAPAHR tool and application to the Asia- Pacific region. Geoscience Australia Record 2014/36, Geoscience Australia, Canberra – Technical Background Paper for the UN-ISDR 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, 75pp
  • Bear-Crozier, A. N., Davies, G., Dunford, M., Ghasemi, H., Horspool, N., Jakab, M., Metz, L., Miller, V., Moihoi, M., Mulina, K., Patia, H., Pirit, L., Power, L., Robinson, D., Taranau, F. (2013). Integrating Hazard and Exposure for East New Britain. Geoscience Australia Professional Opinion 2013/07, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 264pp
  • Miller, V., Weber, R.D. (2012). Multi-hazard exposure of Asia – Rapid Analysis for Prime Minister and Cabinet White Paper. Geoscience Australia Professional Opinion 2012/07. Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 10pp
  • Cronin, S.J., Alloway, B.V., Miller, V.L., Charley, D., Esau, J. (2002). Development of a risk management framework for volcanic hazards in the South Pacific, Vanuatu pilot project, part 2. Report to the New Zealand Office of Overseas Development Assistance (NZODA), Department of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand, 11pp and appendices

Conference abstracts

  • Miller, V.L., Garthwaite, M.C., Saunders, S., (2019). Breaking down barriers to operational InSAR monitoring of volcanoes in resource-constrained settings. IUGG General Assembly, Montreal, Canada
  • Miller, V.L., Peters, L.E., Ammon, C.J., Smith, P., Stewart, R., Voight, B., (2018). Optimising the focal mechanism solution uncertainties from volcano-tectonic earthquakes recorded on small-aperture seismic networks: A case study from the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Cities on Volcanoes 10, Naples, Italy
  • Miller, V., Garthwaite, M., Weber, R., Griffin, J., Cox, G. (2017). Volcanic-tsunami hazard assessment – a case study from Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australia. IAVCEI Congress, Portland, United States
  • Weber, R., Miller, V., Garthwaite, M., Griffin, J., Cox, G. (2017). Tsunami caused by submarine mass failure – case study of Heard Island and McDonald Island, Australia. International Tsunami Symposium, Bali-Flores, Indonesia
  • Miller, V., Garthwaite, M., Weber, R., Cox, G., Griffin, J. (2017). Assessing the Level of Volcanic Hazard and Risk from Volcanoes in Remote Localities. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Meteorological Society of New Zealand Conference, Canberra, Australia
  • Miller, V., Garthwaite, M., Weber, R., Cox, G., Griffin, J. (2017). Assessing the Level of Volcanic Hazard and Risk from Volcanoes in Remote Localities. AGU Chapman Conference on Submarine Volcanism: New Approaches and Research Frontiers, Hobart, Australia
  • Miller, V., Itikarai, I., Nancarrow, S., McKee, C., Johnson, R. W., Bear-Crozier, A.N. (2014). Understanding volcanic risk takes time: working towards effective risk management through cross-organisational partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Miller, V., Bear-Crozier, A.N., Newey, V., Horspool, N., Weber, R. (2014). Probabilistic Volcanic Ash Hazard Analysis (PVAHA): Asia-Pacific case-study of application at the regional level. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Bear-Crozier, A.N., Miller, V., Newey, V., Horspool, N., Weber, R. (2014). Probabilistic Volcanic Ash Hazard Analysis (PVAHA): Development of a methodology for global scale probabilistic volcanic ash hazard assessments. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Bear-Crozier, A.N., Kartadinata, N., Heriwaseso, A., Firmansyah, N., Prambada, O., Nielsen, O., Van Putten, K., Miller, V. (2014). The Indonesia-Australia collaboration towards open source volcanic ash dispersal modeling: A 5-year capacity building partnership focused on preparedness and forecasting capability. Cities on Volcanoes 8, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Bear-Crozier, A.N., Patia, H., Mulina, K., Miller, V. (2013). Strengthening volcanic ash hazard and risk assessment capacity in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea: A three year journey from volcano science to community planning and preparedness. IAVCEI Congress, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Bear-Crozier, A.N., Kartadinata, N., Heriwaseso, A., Miller, V. (2013). Probabilistic volcanic ash dispersal modelling using PF3D: An example from Gunung Ciremai, West Java, Indonesia. IAVCEI Congress, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Miller, V., Ammon, C.J., Voight, B., De Angelis, S. (2011). Analysis of Some Recent VT Swarm Activity on the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia
  • Voight, B., Sparks, R.S.J., Hammond, J., Annen, C., Minshull, T.A., Paulatto, M., Shalev, E., Malin, P., Kenedi, C., Miller, V. (2011). SEA-CALIPSO active-source seismic experiment successfully images magma chamber and crustal structure under Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia
  • Miller, V.L., Voight, B., Ammon, C.J., Shalev, E., Thompson, G. (2010). Seismic expression of magma-induced crustal strains and localized fluid pressures during initial eruptive stages, Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 91, no. 52, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V21E-2378
  • Young, A.J., Miller, V., Ammon, C.J., Voight, B., Bass, V. (2009). Poissons Ratio of the Upper Crust Beneath Montserrat. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 90, no. 52, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract S41C-1947
  • Modrak, R., Ammon, C.J., Miller, V., Voight, B. (2008). Seismic Event Locations Beneath Montserrat. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 89, no. 53, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V51C-2039
  • Sevilla, W., Ammon, C.J., Miller, V., Voight, B. (2008). Teleseismic Imaging of Crustal Structure and Magma Storage Regions Beneath Montserrat. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 89, no. 53, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V51C-2040
  • Miller, V.L., Ammon, C., Voight, B., De Angelis, S. (2008). Source mechanisms of high-frequency-onset earthquakes recorded beneath Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat during SEA-CALIPSO deployment Oct-Dec 2007. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 89, no. 53, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V51C-2041
  • Shalev, E., Kenedi, C.L., Malin, P., Voight, B., Miller, V., Hidayat, D., Brown, L., Minshull, T., Sparks, S., Lee, A., Mattioli, G., Stewart, R., Herd, R., Saldana, S. and Paulatto, M. (2008). 3-D seismic velocity tomography of Montserrat from the SEA-CALIPSO Offshore/onshore experiment, Eos Trans. AGU, 89, no. 53, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V53C-03
  • Miller, V.L., Ammon, C., Voight, B., De Angelis, S. (2008). Source mechanisms of high-frequency-onset earthquakes recorded beneath Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat during October-December 2007. IAVCEI Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Voight, B., Shalev, E., Hidayat, D., Kenedi, K.L., Brown, L., Minshull, T., Sparks, R.S.J., Snelson, C., Mattioli, G.S., Miller, V., Widiwijayanti, C., Stewart, R., Carothers, L., Johnson, M., Zamora, W., Herd, R., Malin, P.E., Ammon, C., Elsworth, D., Saldana, S., Paulatto, M., De Angelis, S., Byerly, K., Kiddle, E., Bass, V., Bellousov, A., Chen, C., Clarke, A.B., Christensen, B., Christopher, T., Custance-Baker, A. (2008). The SEA-CALIPSO volcano imaging experiment on Montserrat: Part 1. Onshore deployments, tomography, and images from onshore stations. IAVCEI Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Miller, V.L., Ammon, C., Voight, B., Thompson, G. (2006). Precise hypocenter location of high-frequency-onset earthquakes during the initial stages of activity at Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 87, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V11B-0586
  • Miller, V.L., Ammon, C., Voight, B., Thompson, G. (2006). Precise hypocenter location of high-frequency-onset earthquakes and changing stress conditions beneath Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Cities on Volcanoes 4, Quito, Ecuador
  • Voight, B., Malin, P.E., Brown, L., Sparks, R.S.J., Shalev, E., Ammon, C., Clarke, A.B., Elsworth, D., Hidayat, D., Linde, A.T., Mattioli, G.S., Miller, V., Neuberg, J., Sacks, I.S., Widiwijayanti, C., Young, S.R., Loughlin, S., Bass, V., Syers, T., Williams, P. (2006). SEA-CALIPSO ‘Onshore-Offshore’ Seismic Experiment to image Magma Reservoir on Montserrat. Cities on Volcanoes 4, Quito, Ecuador
  • Voight, B., Mattioli, G.S., Linde, A.T., Sacks, I.S., Watts, P., Hidayat, D., Young, S.R., Widiwijayanti, C., Shalev, E., Malin, P.E., Elsworth, D., Williams, P., van Boskirk, E., Thompson, G., Syers, T., Sparks, R., Schleigh, B., Norton, G., Neuberg, J., Miller, V., McWhorter, N., Johnston, W., Dunkley, P., Clarke, A.B., Bass, V. (2005). The CALIPSO borehole project at Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, BWI: Status and scientific overview of prodigious dome collapse of July 2003. EOS Trans. AGU, vol. 86, no. 18, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V34A-05
  • Miller, V.L., Ammon, C., Voight, B., Thompson, G. (2005). Precise hypocenter location of high-frequency-onset earthquakes and changing stress conditions beneath Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Soufrière Hills, Ten Years On Workshop, Montserrat, W.I.
  • Voight, B., Malin, P.E., Brown, L., Sparks, R.S.J., Shalev, E., Ammon, C., Clarke, A.B., Elsworth, D., Hidayat, D., Linde, A.T., Mattioli, G.S., Miller, V., Neuberg, J., Sacks, I.S., Widiwijayanti, C., Young, S.R., Loughlin, S., Bass, V., Syers, T., Williams, P. (2005). SEA-CALIPSO ‘Onshore- Offshore’ Seismic Experiment to image Magma Reservoir on Montserrat. Soufrière Hills, Ten Years On Workshop, Montserrat, W.I.
  • Miller, V.L., Thompson, G., Voight, B., Ammon, C. (2004). Precise hypocenter location of high-frequency-onset earthquakes, tomography, and changing stress conditions beneath Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. Eos Trans. AGU, vol. 85, no. 47, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V14B-05
  • Voight, B., Mattioli, G.S., Linde, A.T., Sacks, I.S., G.S., Young, Malin, P.E., Shalev, E., Hidayat, D., Elsworth, D., Widiwijayanti, C., Miller, V., McWhorter, N., Schleigh, B., Johnston, W., Sparks, R., Neuberg, J., Bass, V., Dunkley, P., Herd, R., Jolly, A., Norton, G., Syers, T., Thompson, G., Williams, C., Williams, D., Clarke, A.B. (2004). CALIPSO Borehole Monitoring Project at Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, BWI: Overview and response of magma reservoir to prodigious dome collapse, EOS Trans. AGU, vol. 85, no. 47, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract G43C-03
  • Miller, V.L., Thompson, G., Voight, B., Ammon, C. (2004). Precise hypocenter location of high-frequency-onset earthquakes, tomography, and changing stress conditions beneath Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat. IAVCEI Congress, Pucon, Chile
  • Voight, B., Malin, P.E., Brown, L., Sparks, R.S.J., Shalev, E., Ammon, C., Clarke, A.B., Elsworth, D., Hidayat, D., Linde, A.T., Mattioli, G.S., Miller, V., Neuberg, J., Sacks, I.S., Widiwijayanti, C., Young, S.R., Loughlin, S., Bass, V., Syers, T., Williams, P. (2004). SEA-CALIPSO ‘Onshore-Offshore’ Seismic Experiment to image Magma Reservoir on Montserrat. IAVCEI Congress, Pucon, Chile
  • Cronin, S., Alloway, B., Miller, V., Charley, D., Esau, J. (2003). Development of a risk management framework for volcanic hazards in Vanuatu. Pacific Public Safety and Risk Management Conference, (SOPAC) Fiji
  • Cronin, S., Alloway, B., Miller, V., Charley, D., Esau, J. (2002). Development of a risk management framework for hazards in Vanuatu. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Information series 51: pp 83. Johnston, D.M., Tilyard, D. (compilers), Proceedings of the 5th Natural Hazards Management Conference, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Miller, V., Hurst, T., Beavan, J. (2001). GPS strategies for detecting signs of a new eruption site within the Auckland volcanic field. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Information Series 49. 158pp. Stewart, C., (editor), Proceedings of the Cities On Volcanoes 2 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Miller, V.L., Savage, M.K. (2000). Changes in anisotropy after an eruption. IAVCEI Congress, Bali, Indonesia
  • Miller, V., Savage, M. (1999). Seismic anisotropy as an indication of the localised stress regime on Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand, EOS, vol. 80, no. 46, F978
  • Miller, V., Savage, M. (1999). Seismic anisotropy as an indication of the localised stress regime on Ruapehu volcano. Abstract in New Zealand Geophysical Society General Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Hurst, T., Beavan, J., Miller, V., Vandemeulebrouck, J. (1999). GPS monitoring of Ruapehu volcano. Abstract in New Zealand Geophysical Society General Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand