Nathan D. Mueller, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science

Nathan Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research analyzes the interactions between climate, water resources, and agricultural management to promote global food security and more sustainable agricultural landscapes. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and his B.A. from St. Olaf College in 2007. Nathan was an Environmental Fellow at Harvard University from 2013-2015.
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Lindsey Sloat, Postdoctoral Scholar

Lindsey's research focuses on issues at the intersection of climate, agriculture, land-use change, and conservation. Lindsey received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona in 2015. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral researcher with the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota, where she studied the effects of climate variability on global pasture health and identified degraded agricultural lands as part of a science advisory team for The Nature Conservancy.

Yue Qin, Postdoctoral Scholar

Yue Qin 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. Yue earned her Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2017. She received her M.S. from Peking University in 2012 and her B.E. from Beijing Normal University in 2009.
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Maria Gisbert-Queral, Junior Specialist

Maria's research analyzes how extreme weather conditions are affecting the dairy sector in the USA. She is conducting this analysis as part of her masters thesis, which she is completing at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Maria received her B.Ec. in 2016 from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain.

Tarun Patel, Visiting Student

Tarun is researching strategies to improve nitrogen use efficiency in the European Union. Tarun is currently a M.S. student at the Technical University of Munich in environmental engineering. His focus is on the water-food-energy nexus and governance regarding environmental issues. Tarun received his B.S. from UC Irvine in 2014.

Research Opportunities

Enthusiastic prospective graduate students and postdocs are welcome to get in touch. Please include your CV and description of your research interests. Research in the lab is cross-disciplinary, so academic training in ecology, climate science, statistics / econometrics, and spatial analysis / remote sensing are all valued. Prospective graduate students should look at application requirements for the Earth System Science graduate program. Funding opportunities for postdocs and graduate students are listed below: