Associate Professor Russell Brian Millar

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Associate Professor


Russell did his undergraduate and MSc study at Auckland and graduated Ph.D from the University of Washington in 1989. Involvement with a salmon management problem in Washington led to an interest in fisheries and he took a research scientist position with the Canadian Dept of Fisheries and Oceans (St John's, Newfoundland).

In 1992 he returned to New Zealand as a lecturer at the University of Otago. He joined The University of Auckland in 1996.

Research | Current

Quantitative methods in ecology and marine resource management, including biomass estimation, stock assessment, spatial analysis (using Gaussian Markov random fields), multivariate community analysis.

I frequently consult with the marine industry, especially concerning stock assessment and fishing gear technology.

Please see my personal webpage for more details.

Teaching | Current

STATS 20x (2015-2020)

STATS 20x at Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing(2020)

STATS 330 at Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing(2018-2019)

Postgraduate supervision

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PBRF A-ranked researcher.


Faculty Research Committee

Chair, Deptl research Committee

Deptl PhD Committee

PhD Oral Chair


Areas of expertise

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Pouladi, M., Paighambari, S. Y., Millar, R. B., & Babanezhad, M. (2020). Length-weight relationships and condition factor of five marine fish species from Bushehr Province, Persian Gulf, Iran. THALASSAS, 36 (2), 457-461. 10.1007/s41208-020-00208-w
  • McHugh, M. J., Broadhurst, M. K., Sterling, D. J., & Millar, R. B. (2020). Relative benthic disturbances of conventional and novel otter boards and ground gears. FISHERIES SCIENCE, 86 (2), 245-254. 10.1007/s12562-019-01392-2
  • Broadhurst, M. K., & Millar, R. B. (2020). Effects of twine material on the marine debris and relative ghost fishing of portunid hoop (tangle) nets. Aquaculture and Fisheries, 5 (2), 99-104. 10.1016/j.aaf.2019.07.003
  • Broadhurst, M. K., & Millar, R. B. (2019). Mono- vs multifilament baited conical hoop (tangle) nets: Effects on portunid catches and marine debris. FISHERIES RESEARCH, 22010.1016/j.fishres.2019.105356
  • Millar, R. B., Barros, L., Fonseca, P., Santos, P. T., & Campos, A. (2019). Further improvements in sorting grids for the crustacean trawl fishery off the Southern coast of Portugal. FISHERIES RESEARCH, 21910.1016/j.fishres.2019.105329
  • Millar, R. B., & Nottingham, C. D. (2019). Improved approximations for estimation of size-transition probabilities within size-structured models. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES, 76 (8), 1305-1313. 10.1139/cjfas-2017-0444
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christopher Nottingham
  • Broadhurst, M. K., Smith, T. M., Millar, R. B., Hughes, B., Raoult, V., & Gaston, T. F. (2019). Cumulative selectivity benefits of increasing mesh size and using escape gaps in Australian Portunus armatus traps. FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND ECOLOGY, 26 (4), 319-326. 10.1111/fme.12351
  • Broadhurst, M. K., Domit, C., Trevizani, T. H., Raoult, V., & Millar, R. B. (2019). Mother-embryo isotope fractionation in the pygmy devilray Mobula kuhlii cf. eregoodootenkee. Journal of fish biology, 95 (2), 589-593. 10.1111/jfb.14010

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 333
New Zealand

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