Home Page of Keith B. Miller
Department of Geology
108 Thompson Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
office phone: (785) 532-2250
fax: (785) 532-5159
- Short-term cyclicity within cyclothems of the mid-continent
Pennsylvanian and Permian
- Environmental and climatic significance of Permian
- Models for sea level and climate change in the mid-continent
Pennsylvanian and Permian
- Impact of sedimentation events and short-term sea
level fluctuations on the development and morphology of chaetetid
- High resolution cyclic and event stratigraphy
- Taphonomy and paleoecology of benthic faunas
Recent Courses Taught
- Geol 100: Earth
- Geol 120: Age of Dinosaurs
- Geol 125: Natural
- DAS 333: Origins: Earth, Life, and Humanity
For a description of the development of this course see:
Miller, K.B. and Totten, I., 2009, Developing and implementing an inerdisciplinary origins course at a state university, Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 38, no. 4, p. 24-29.
- Miller, K.B. and West, R.R., 1993, A reevaluation of Wolfcampian cyclothems in northeastern Kansas: significance of subaerial exposure and flooding surfaces, Kansas Geological Survey Bulletin 235, p. 1-26.
- Miller, K.B., McCahon, T.J., and West, R.R., 1996, Lower Permian (Wolfcampian) paleosol-bearing cycles of the U.S. midcontinent: evidence of climatic cyclicity, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.66, p.71-84.
- Miller, K.B. and West, R.R., 1996, Growth interruption surfaces within chaetetid skeletons: records of physical disturbance and depositional dynamics, Lethaia, v.29, p. 289-299.
- McCahon, T.J. and Miller, K.B., 1997, Climatic significance of natric horizons within Permian (Asselian) palaeosols of north-central Kansas, U.S.A., Sedimentology, v.44, p.113-125.
- West, R.R., Archer, A.W., and Miller, K.B., 1997, The role of climate in stratigraphic patterns exhibited by Late Palaeozoic rocks exposed in Kansas, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v.128, p.1-16.
- Miller, K.B. and West, R.R., 1998, Identification of sequence boundaries within cyclic strata of the Lower Permian of Kansas, USA: Problems and Alternatives, Journal of Geology, v. 106, p.119-132.
- Miller, K.B. (ed.), 2003, Perspectives on an Evolving Creation: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 528 p.
- Miller, K.B., 2005, Countering public misconceptions about the nature of evolutionary science, Southeastern Biology, v.52, p.415-427. Simultaneously published in: Georgia Journal of Science, v.63, p.175-189.
- Miller, K.B., 2009, The misguided attack on methodological naturalism. IN, J.S. Schneiderman and W.D. Allman (eds.), For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design: University of California Press, p. 117-140.
- West, R.R., Miller, K.B., and Watney, W.L., 2010, The Permian System in Kansas, Kansas Geological Survey Bulletin 257, 82 p.
Web Resources on Kansas Geology
The Permian System of Kansas pdf of a Kansas Geological Survey publication that has an up-to-date and in-depth discussion of Kansas geology.
Public Science Education and the Science/Faith Dialogue
I am very involved at both the state and national levels
in the advocacy for quality public science education and public science
literacy. Much of my efforts have focused on the historical
sciences and particularly evolutionary science. The public "Creation/Evolution"
debate has been destructive to both the public understanding of science
and to the discussion of important theological issues within the Christian
community. The widespread perception of a "warfare of science and
faith" is an historically false caricature. Christian theologians
and scientists, including evangelicals, since the time of Darwin have seen
no necessary conflict between orthodox theology and an evolutionary understanding
of the history of life. Modern science is not a threat to Christian
faith, and people need not feel forced into a choice between evolution
Challenges to modern evolutionary science are often rooted
in fundamental misperceptions of the nature of science itself. There
is a widespread perception that the focus of science on natural cause-and-effect
explanations is a thinly disguised effort to promote a godless worldview,
rather than an inherent methodological limitation. Furthermore,
many people view "theories" as merely unsubstantiated guesses, rather
than as the unifying concepts that give our observations coherence and
meaning. Science for many is simply an encyclopedic accumulation
of unchanging observational "facts." But science is a dynamic
process with the continual construction and revision of theories based
on new discoveries. It is that dynamic process which makes science
so inherently exciting. Lastly, much of the popular critique of evolutionary
theory is based on completely false views of its theoretical content and
observational foundation. As educators we need to improve how we
teach both the content and methodological foundation of science.
I believe that it is critical that the science/faith dialogue
be based on a solid and accurate grasp of the conclusions of the historical
sciences and of the best theological scholarship.
Personal Web Resources
Other Links and Resources
For a wide range of other inforamtion and web links please see my other website "Scifaithkansas."
This site has extensive resources on public science literacy, and the relationship of Christian theology and contenporary science.