Rebecca MuellerOffice: 309 Barnard Hall
Specialty: Microbial Ecology


Professional Preparation

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Thermal Biology Institute, MSU
  • Director's Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Oregon

Research Focus

  • Microbial community assembly and response to abiotic changes 
  • Global change and ecosystem function
  • Phenotypic and metabolic plasticity
  • Microbes in extreme environments

Research Website

Selected Publications

Mueller RC, Rodrigues JLM, Nusslein K, Bohannan BJM. 2016. Land use change in the Amazon rainforest favors generalist fungi. Functional Ecology 30:1845-1853.

Mueller RC, Gallegos-Graves LV, Kuske CR. 2016. A new fungal large subunit ribosomal RNA primer for high throughput sequencing surveys. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92:2.

Mueller RC, Belnap J, Kuske CR. 2015. Soil bacterial and fungal community responses to nitrogen addition across soil depths and microhabitat in an arid shrubland. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:821.

Mueller RC, Gallegos-Graves LV, Zak DR, Kuske CR. 2015. Assembly of active bacterial and fungal communities along a natural environmental gradient. Microbial Ecology 71:57-67.

Mueller RCand Bohannan BJM. 2015. Shifts in the phylogenetic structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in response to experimental nitrogen and CO2additions. Oecologia 179:175-185.

Hesse CN, Mueller RC, Vuyisich M, Gallegos-Graves LV, Gleasner CD, Zak DR, Kuske CR. 2015. Forest floor community metatranscriptomes identify fungal and bacterial responses to N deposition in two maple forests. Frontiers in Microbiology 6.

Mueller RC, Rodrigues JLM, Paula FS, Mirza B, Pellizari VH, Nüsslein K and Bohannan BJM. 2014. Links between plant and fungal communities across a deforestation chronosequence in the Amazon rainforest. ISME Journal 8:1548-1550.

Mueller RCand Kembel SW. 2014. Plant traits and taxonomy drive host associations in tropical phyllosphere fungal communities (Invited Submission). Botany 92:303-311.

Rodrigues JLM, Pellizari V, Mueller R, Baek K, Ederson JC, Paula FS, Mirza B, Hamauoi G, Tsai SM, Feigl B, Tiedje JM, Bohannan BJMB, Nüsslein K. 2013. Conversion of the Amazon Rainforest to agriculture results in biotic homogenization of soil bacterial communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:988-993.

Mueller RC, Gehring CA. 2006. Interactions between an above-ground parasite and below-ground ectomycorrhizal fungal communities on pinyon pine. Journal of Ecology 94:276-284.

Mueller RC, Scudder CM, Porter ME, Trotter RT, Gehring CA, Whitham TG. 2005. Differential tree mortality in response to severe drought: evidence for long-term vegetation shifts. Journal of Ecology 93:1085-1093.