Dylan  Miller

PhD candidate


Email: dylan.miller@dal.ca

Why Dal?

I chose Dal primarily for the opportunity to work under Dr. Shelley Adamo.  Her research interests and way of viewing the natural world dovetailed nicely with my aspirations, and I would have gone anywhere for the chance to work with her. Fortunately I’ve since discovered how supportive, generous, and cooperative the Dalhousie community is, only further confirming my choice to study here.

Research Interests

I’m interested in how nervous system physiology and behaviour are intertwined, particularly at a mechanistic level.  I examine how nervous system can cause specific behaviour changes, and currently I’m looking at this through the lens of behaviour-manipulating parasites.


  • Systems Neuroscience (PSYO/NESC 2470)
  • Neuroethology (PSYO/NESC 3165)
  • Methods and Principles in Neuroscience (NESC 2007)

Affiliations w/ Research Groups

  • Adamo Lab-Invertebrate Behavioural Physiology
  • Backyard Brains


Miller, D. W., Jones, A. D., Goldston, J. S., Rowe, M. P., & Rowe, A. H. (2016). Sex differences in defensive behavior and venom of the striped bark scorpion Centruroides vittatus (Scorpiones: Buthidae).


Miller, D. “Gender differences in stinging behavior, venom composition, and venom function in the striped bark scorpion (Centruroides vittatus).” Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Portland, OR. 5 Jan 2016. Talk

Miller, D. “To sting or not to sting? Intersexual comparison in stinging behavior and venom effects in the scorpion species Centruroides vittatus.” JB Johnston Club. Chicago, IL. 16 Oct 2015. Talk

Miller D, Gage G. “The RoboScorpion-a method for inducing defensive behavior in Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions (Hadrurus Arizonensis).” Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, IL. 20 Oct 2015. Poster

Mohebi A, Mansy M, Purcell EK, Miller D, Oweiss KG. “Medial prefrontal cortex is differentially engaged in multiple aspects of sensorimotor integration in a delayed choice task.” Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, IL. 19 Oct 2015. Poster

PhD Candidate