B.S. Xavier University 2002
My research seeks to determine how environmental factors and land management influence the structure and function of rangeland ecosystems. To achieve these goals, I often study interactions between plants and other components of grassland ecosystems, including herbivores, soil, and the atmosphere. Areas of special interest include climate change and climate variability, plant production and community composition, and the cycling of water and nutrients.
Castellano, M.J., K. E. MUELLER, D. C. OLK, J. E. SAWYER and J. SIX. 2015. Integrating plant litter quality, soil organic matter stabilization, and the carbon saturation concept. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12982
Diefendorfa,A. F., K. H.Freeman, S. L.Wing, E. D. Currano, K. E. Mueller. 2015. Paleogene plants fractionated carbon isotopes similar to modern plants. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 429:33-44.
Mueller, K. E., S. E. Hobbie, J. Chorover, P. B. Reich, N. Eisenhauer, M. J. Castellano, O. A. Chadwick, T. Dobies, C. M. Hale, A. M. Jagodzinski, I. Kałucka, B. Kieliszewska-Rokicka, J. Modrzynski, A. Rozen, M. Skorupski, Ł. Sobczyk, M. Stasinska, L. K. Trocha, J. Weiner, A. Wierzbicka, J. Oleksyn. 2015. Effects of litter traits, soil biota, and soil chemistry on soil carbon stocks at a common garden with 14 tree species. Biogeochemistry DOI 10.1007/s10533-015-0083-6
Mueller, K. E., D. M. Eissenstat, C. W. Müller, J. Oleksyn, P. B. Reich, and K. H. Freeman. 2013. What controls the concentration of various aliphatic lipids in soil? Soil Biology & Biochemistry 63:14-17.
Mueller, K. E., D. Tilman, D. A. Fornara, and S. E. Hobbie. 2013. Root depth distribution and the diversity–productivity relationship in a long-term grassland experiment. Ecology 94:787–793. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-1399.1
Mueller, K. E., S. E. Hobbi, D. Tilman, and P. B. Reich. 2013. Effects of plant diversity, N fertilization, and elevated carbon dioxide on grassland soil N cycling in a long-term experiment. Global Change Biology 19:1249–1261, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12096
Reich, P. B., D. Tilman, F. Isbell, K. Mueller, S. E. Hobbie, D. F. B. Flynn, and N. Eisenhauer. 2012. Impacts of biodiversity loss escalate through time as redundancy fades. Science, 336:589-592.
Comas, L.H., K. E. Mueller, L. L. Taylor, P. E. Midford, H. S. Callahan, and D. J. Beerlingz. 2012. Evolutionary patterns and biogeochemical significance of angiosperm root traits. International Journal of Plant Science, 173:584-595
Mueller, K. E., P.J. Polissar, J. Oleksyn, K. H. Freeman. 2012. Differentiating temperate tree species and their organs using lipid biomarkers in leaves, roots and soil. Organic Geochemistry 52:130–141
Mueller, K. E., S. E. Hobbie, J. Oleksyn, P. B. Reich, and D. M. Eissenstat. 2012. Do evergreen and deciduous trees have different effects on net N mineralization in soil? Ecology, 93:1463–1472
Mueller, K. E., D. M. Eissenstat, S. E. Hobbie, J. Oleksyn, A. M. Jagodzinski, P. B. Reich, O. A. Chadwick, and J. Chorover. 2012. Tree species effects on coupled cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and acidity in mineral soils at a common garden experiment. Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9695-7
Freeman, K.H., K. E. Mueller, A. F. Diefendorf, S. L. Wing, and P. L. Koch. 2011. Clarifying the influence of water availability and plant types on carbon isotope discrimination by C3 plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108:E59–E60
Mueller,K.E., A. F. Diefendorf, K. H. Freeman, and D. M. Eissenstat. 2010. Appraising the roles of nutrient availability, global change, and functional traits during the angiosperm rise to dominance. Ecology Letters, 13:E1–E6, doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01455.x
Diefendorf, A.F., K. E. Mueller, S. L. Wing, P. L. Koch, and K. H. Freeman. 2010. Global patterns in leaf 13C discrimination and implications for studies of past and future climate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107:5738-5743.
Vonderheide, A.P., K. E. Mueller, J. Meija, and G.L. Welsh. 2008. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers: Causes for concern and knowledge gaps regarding environmental distribution, fate and toxicity. Science of the Total Environment 400:425-436.
Mueller, K. E., and J. R. Shann. 2007. Effects of Tree Root-Derived Substrates and Inorganic Nutrients on Pyrene Mineralization in Rhizosphere and Bulk Soil. Journal of Environmental Quality 36:120–127.
Mueller, K. E., S. R. Muueller-Spitz, H. F. Henry, A.P. Vonderheide, R. S. Soman, B. K. Kinkle, and J. R. Shann. 2006. Fate of Pentabrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Soil: Abiotic Sorption, Plant Uptake, and the Impact of Interspecific Plant Interactions. Environmental Science & Technology 40:6662-6667.
Mueller, K. E., and J. R. Shann. 2005. PAH dissipation in spiked soil: Impacts of bioavailability, microbial activity, and trees. Chemosphere 64:1006–1014.