Independent research scientist
Friday Harbor Laboratories and Department of Biology
University of Washington
email: cemills"at"

I am a scientist who works on the gelatinous zooplankton, especially jellyfishes and ctenophores. After more than three decades of research and field experience, I am very concerned about changes in both the ocean and terrestrial ecosystems and what they portend for all of us. I have written on a variety of subjects here that are particularly dear to me.

List of my scientific publications and texts of their Abstracts and pdfs

Hydromedusae - some tidbits about these small jellyfish, including advice for young professionals about how to get started making identifications of these animals. Several classic books and monographs are available online now at no cost.

Jellyfish stamp - how Crossota millsae kinda made it onto a Canadian stamp.

Aequorea - a discussion of the bioluminescence of the jellyfish Aequorea, with the explicit goal of trying to get the story straight for the general public. If you are a scientist using aequorin or GFP or you are in the process of writing something about Aequorea and its light-emitting capabilities, this webpage has been written specifically for you.

Ctenophora - an introduction to this group of unusual marine animals.
I have also compiled a list of all valid species names in the phylum Ctenophora, including a variety of rare and little known species not listed by other ctenophore species lists on the web. This electronic publication is not published elsewhere - it is a continuously updated list of what I believe to be all the valid scientific names for ctenophores. I have set up links to the best Web photographic image of each species (not all) that is available.

Stauromedusae - jellyfish that are attached to the bottom, leading a life more like a polyp. In addition to this introduction, I have also made a list of what I believe to be all the valid scientific names for Stauromedusae.- see also the growing Encyclopedia of Life entries for the Staurozoa that I've been putting together in 2011-2012 with a small group of colleagues for all 50 species of Stauromedusae.

Historical Timeline of the Friday Harbor Labs from 1904 to 2010

University of Washington San Juan Archipelago Biological Preserves

Friday Harbor Laboratories Terrestrial Preserve and plant inventory

Marine Research Study Sites in the San Juan Islands, Washington

Nuttallia obscurata, an asian mid- to high intertidal clam, newly established in Puget Sound.

San Francisco Bay Expeditions 1993-1997

The Puget Sound Expeditions, 1998 and 2000

The Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary Expedition 2001

Acta Errata - errors from a couple of my published papers and Wrobel and Mills, 1998. Corrections and additions can be seen on this page and are linked to the papers' abstracts.

Papers I have been working on but haven't finished

Annotated list of a few favorite books and papers on gelatinous zooplankton

Annotated list of some videos on gelatinous zooplankton

Excellent apple cake recipe

What's Happening?

Some links to other gelatinous zooplankton websites:

Jellywatch - report the jellyfish you see anywhere in the world and see others' sightings

Dave Wrobel's Jellies Zone

Wyatt's Jellyfish Aquarist blog

Casey Dunn's very informative Web Page about Siphonophores

Kevin Raskoff's Web Page with nice photos of mid-water medusae

Steve Haddock's Bioluminescence Web Page

Mike Dawson's Scyphozoan Web page

Terry Peard's Freshwater Jellyfish Page

Lisa Gershwin's Medusozoa Web page

Erik Thuesen's Chaetognath Page

Mike Latz' Bioluminescence Page

Masaya Toyokawa's Jellyfish Web Page - includes cooking and processing jellyfish info

The Cephalopod Page - so nice; maintained by James Wood

Some links to some other primary cnidarian websites:

Peter Schuchert's Hydrozoa Directory - includes lots of information about Hydrozoa and even has portraits of many hydrozoan researchers

Tree of Life - Cnidaria

Cnidaria Homepage

Database of hexacorals -including sea anemones, corals and their allies

The Hydrozoan Society Facebook Page -

Perhaps you are interested in the forests of San Juan Island ...

Electric bicycles. In early 1998 I bought an (already defunct and discounted) EV Warrior from a great bunch of Seattle electric vehicle enthusiasts, who have gone on to run a wonderful electric and folding bike store. The EV Warrior was very heavy (but beautifully balanced) and had its problems, but I liked it a lot while it lasted - I went through a couple of motors and a set of batteries before the gravel part of my ride apparently got the best of it, ultimately doing in the proprietary circuit board. Rather than throwing more money into that now-hopeless technology, a few years later I bought a Giant LaFree Sport e-bike. Like the EV Warrior, this was a specially-designed electric bike with an unusual, stylish, but slightly heavy frame. It wasn't the only good choice out there, but I liked it. There are now more interesting new designs and a couple of years ago I switched to an eZee folding electic bike, as something with different good (and bad) points. Now my favorite e-bike is the best-yet, but no-longer produced, Dahon Boost.



Mills Home | Hydromedusae | Aequorea | Stauromedusae | Ctenophores
List of Stauromedusae | List of Ctenophores
San Francisco Bay Expeditions | Puget Sound Expeditions | Olympic Coast Expeditions
Marine Conservation | Mills Publications | What's Happening
Marine Research Study Sites in the San Juan Islands
University of Washington San Juan Archipelago Biological Preserves
Centennial Historical Timeline of the Friday Harbor Labs

This website created and maintained by Claudia E. Mills
- established March 1998; last updated 12 June 2017