Climate change and agriculture

Nutrient and water resources

Food security and development

Crop monitoring and yields

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 relvant 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.

Lab News

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.

3/2017 – Nathan's new paper on the spatial efficiency of global nitrogen use is featured in Nature News and Views! (Nature article, original research article in Global Biogeochemical Cycles)

2/2017 – Nathan is a co-author on a new Annual Reviews article examining the impacts of climate change on food security and undernutrition.


Prospective graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to get in touch to discuss possibilities for joining the lab.