University of Miami Rosenstiel School geochemist Millero named AAAS Fellow

February 23, 2010

The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that it has elected Frank J. Millero as a Fellow of the AAAS. A Fellow is defined as "a member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."

A thought leader in the application of physical chemistry to natural waters, Millero's work has helped to define this field of endeavor for the last four decades. His scientific output is notable for its depth and quality. Millero's earliest and most widely cited works include those that feature the measurement and parameterization of molar volumes and compressibility of electrolytes, and the equation of state for seawater. His research on the carbonate system in the world's oceans has contributed to our understanding of changes in the global flux of CO2 across the air‑sea interface, and the oceanic uptake of this greenhouse gas.

His publications span the physical chemistry of natural systems work on molar volumes and compressibility to thermochemical measurements; physical and chemical properties of water and seawater; models of ionic interactions and physical properties of electrolytes; effects of pressure on ionic equilibria; kinetics; bacteria interactions with metals and surfaces; and particle metal interactions. He has published more than 413 publications in refereed journals, 32 book chapters, five books, as well as numerous reports and abstracts. Particularly noteworthy publications include his three editions of Chemical Oceanography (1991, 1996, and 2006), and his book Physical Chemistry of Natural Waters (2000).

"Dr. Frank Millero has been at the forefront of marine chemistry for the last four decades, helping to establish the equation of state for seawater and publishing hundreds of papers that have shaped our knowledge of geochemistry," said Dr. Roni Avissar, Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. "We are very fortunate to have his vast expertise on our faculty, and are exceptionally proud of his being named a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy for the Advancement of Science."

Millero has been recognized with numerous awards and honors that include Sigma Xi Professor of the Year (1989), ONR Ocean Educator Award (1990), Chairman of Geochemical Section of American Chemical Society, Gold Medal from Florida Academy of Science for Contributions to Science (1994), University of Miami Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award (1996), University of Miami Provost Scholarly Activity Award (1998-1999), Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (1999), Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association for Geochemistry (2000), American Chemistry Society Geochemistry Division Medal (2001) and the Carnegie Mellon 2003 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award.

Millero received his B.S. (1961) from The Ohio State University and his M.S. (1964) and Ph.D. (1965) from Carnegie-Mellon University in physical chemistry. After a brief interval in industry, he joined the faculty of the University of Miami in 1966. From 1986 to 2006 he was associate dean of Academic Studies at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. He currently serves as associate editor for a number of journals, and since 1993 has been editor-in-chief of Marine Chemistry.
About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to