Research in the Mueller Lab is focused on agriculture in the Earth System. We study both how agriculture drives global environmental change and how environmental change influences agricultural systems. Our work characterizes relevant biophysical processes, explores the environmental impacts of land management strategies, and reveals linkages between agricultural systems and food security. Ultimately, our goal is to produce science that informs a more sustainable and food secure world.
6/2019 - Our new paper in Nature Sustainability, led by postdoctoral scholar Yue Qin, reconstructs the global history of major water uses to map global water stress and reveal targeted opportunities to reduce global water use intensities.
8/2018 – Welcome to postdoctoral scholar Lindsey Sloat! Lindsey is researching global cropland expansion in the context of climate change. Check out Lindsey's recent paper on precipitation variability across global pasturelands.
1/2018 – Welcome to postdoctoral scholar Yue Qin! Yue is researching the inertia of global water demand and the vulnerability of agriculture to future changes in snowfall, co-advised by Profs. Mueller and Davis.
8/2017 – New analysis on the global relationships between agricultural land use change and extreme temperatures is out in Journal of Climate.