Marc Miller is internationally renowned for his work on marine natural resources, their use, and the search for ways that they can be sustainable developed. As a cultural anthropologist, he looks not only at how people build their lives around the coasts and oceans through direct exploitation, but also at the other ways they value them—aesthetically, ethically, even spiritually. As such, he delights in taking the work of thinkers perhaps not known for their work in sustainable development and applying their work in unorthodox ways—using the writings of French philosopher Michel Foucault to look at coastal tourism in Seattle, for example.