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Associate Professor Ute Mueller

Associate Dean (Research)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5272
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5811
Email: u.mueller@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.343  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8670-2120

Ute is an Associate Professor in Mathematics in the School of Science and a member of the Natural Resources Modelling and Simulation Research Group.

Background

  • Since 2008: Associate Professor in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 2003-2008: Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 1998-2002: Lecturer B in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 1994-1997: Lecturer A in Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
  • 1989-1990: Temporary Lecturer in Mathematics, Murdoch University
  • 1986-1988: Tutor/Senior Tutor in Mathematics, Murdoch University, Australia
  • 1983-1985: Part-time Lecturer in Mathematics, Concordia University, Canada
  • 1982-1983: Tutor in Theoretical Physics, Technical University of Clausthal
  • 1977-1981: Part-time Tutor in Mathematics, Technical University of Clausthal

Professional Associations

  • Australian Mathematical Society
  • International Association of Mathematical Geology
  • Geostatistical Association of Australasia
  • Australian Society for Operations Research
  • Institution of Engineers, Australia (Companion)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Geostatistics, Multivariate Methods,Technology in Mathematics Education
  • Applications of geostatistics to health and natural resources data

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Edith Cowan University, 2012.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Germany, 1987.
  • Master of Science, Canada, 1985.
  • Master of Science, Germany, 1983.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 3: dual frame sampling of boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2020 - 2029,  $3,193,960.
  • Build an integrated geometallurgical block model from all data sets for Koodaideri K58,  RIO Tinto (Technological Resources Pty Ltd),  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $156,324.
  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 2: boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2015 - 2020,  $3,761,142.
  • CodaBlockCoEstimation,  Edith Cowan University,  Australia-Germany JRC Scheme (UA-DAAD),  2016 - 2018,  $19,000.
  • Machine Learning Approaches for Exploration Prospectivity Analysis,  BHP Billiton Group Operations Pty Ltd,  AMSI Intern Program Grant,  2017,  $20,500.
  • Boat -based recreational boat fishing activity in Western Australia: a long term profile,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $2,407,195.
  • Foundational aspects for a research consortium on health, water and landscapes: a database and a learning network,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Development Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $80,624.
  • The use of Geostatistical Simulation in Mine Planning,  RIO Tinto (Technological Resources Pty Ltd),  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $24,319.
  • Space-time analysis of western king prawns, brown tiger prawns and saucer scallops in Shark Bay for improved fisheries management,  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation,  Fisheries R&D Corporation - Grant,  2005 - 2009,  $196,895.
  • Spatiotemporal modelling of the prawn and scallop catch and fishing effort in the Shark Bay fishery in Western Australia,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2003 - 2005,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Talebi, H., Lo, J., Mueller, U., (2017), A Hybrid Model for Joint Simulation of High-Dimensional Continuous and Categorical Variables. Geostatistics Valencia 2016, Quantitative Geology and Geostatistics 19, 19(67), 415-430, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46819-8_28.
  • Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., Tolosana Delgado, R., (2017), A Truly Multivariate Normal Score Transform Based on Lagrangian Flow. Geostatistics Valencia 2016, Quantitative Geology and Geostatistics 19, 19(67), 107-118, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46819-8_7.

Journal Articles

  • Lai, E., Ryan, K., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., (2021), Corroborating effort and catch from an integrated survey design for a boat-based recreational fishery in Western Australia. Fisheries Research, 236(4), 105865, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105865.
  • Afrifa-Yamoah, E., Taylor, SM., Mueller, U., (2021), Trade-off assessments between reading cost and accuracy measures for digital camera monitoring of recreational boating effort. Fisheries Research, 233(1), 105757, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105757.
  • Afrifa-Yamoah, E., Mueller, U., Taylor, SM., Fisher, A., (2020), Missing data imputation of high-resolution temporal climate time series data. Meteorological Applications, 27(1), Article number e1873, DOI: 10.1002/met.1873.
  • Afrifa-Yamoah, E., Taylor, SM., Fisher, A., Mueller, U., (2020), Imputation of missing data from time-lapse cameras used in recreational fishing surveys. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, 77(7-8), 2984-2994, DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa180.
  • Mueller, U., Tolosana Delgado, R., Grunsky, EC., McKinley, JM., (2020), Biplots for compositional data derived from generalized joint diagonalization methods. Applied Computing and Geosciences, 8(12), 100044, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acags.2020.100044.
  • Prior, A., Benndorf, J., Mueller, U., (2020), Resource and Grade Control Model Updating for Underground Mining Production Settings. Mathematical Geosciences, 2020(Article in press), 1-23, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11004-020-09881-2.
  • McKinley, JM., Mueller, U., Atkinson, PM., Ofterdinger, U., Jackson, C., Cox, S., Doherty, R., Fogarty, D., Egozcue, JJ., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V., (2020), Investigating the influence of environmental factors on the incidence of renal disease with compositional data analysis using balances. Applied Computing and Geosciences, 6(June 2020), Article number 100024, DOI: 10.1016/j.acags.2020.100024.
  • Sowden, M., Blake, D., Cohen, D., Atanacio, A., Mueller, U., (2020), Development of an infrared pollution index to identify ground-level compositional, particle size, and humidity changes using Himawari-8. Atmospheric Environment, 229(15 May 2020),  Article number 117435, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117435.
  • McKinley, JM., Mueller, U., Atkinson, PM., Ofterdinger, U., Cox, S., Doherty, R., Fogarty, D., Egozcue, JJ., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V., (2020), Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin is associated with environmental urbanisation in Belfast, UK. Environmental Geochemistry and Health: official journal of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 2020(Article in press), 1-18, DOI: 10.1007/s10653-020-00618-y.
  • Talebi, H., Peeters, LJ., Mueller, U., Tolosana-Delgado, R., Van Den Boogaart, KG., (2020), Towards Geostatistical Learning for the Geosciences: A Case Study in Improving the Spatial Awareness of Spectral Clustering. Mathematical Geosciences, 52(8), 1035–1048, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11004-020-09867-0.
  • Tate, A., Lo, J., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., Taylor, S., (2020), Standardizing harvest rates of finfish caught by shore-based recreational fishers. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, 77(6), 2207–2215, Oxford, DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz228.
  • Talebi, H., Mueller, U., Tolosana Delgado, R., Van Den Boogaart, KG., (2019), Geostatistical Simulation of Geochemical Compositions in the Presence of Multiple Geological Units: Application to Mineral Resource Evaluation. Mathematical Geosciences, 51(2), 129–153, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11004-018-9763-9.
  • Talebi, H., Mueller, U., Tolosana Delgado, R., Grunsky, EC., McKinley, JM., Caritat, Pd., (2019), Surficial and deep earth material prediction from geochemical compositions. Natural Resources Research, 28(3), 869-891, DOI: 10.1007/s11053-018-9423-2.
  • Talebi, H., Mueller, U., Tolosana Delgado, R., (2019), Joint simulation of compositional and categorical data via direct sampling technique–Application to improve mineral resource confidence. Computers and Geosciences, 122(January 2019), 87-102, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2018.10.013.
  • Sowden, M., Mueller, U., Blake, D., (2019), What temporal resolution is required for remote sensing of regional aerosol concentrations using the Himawari-8 geostationary satellite. Atmospheric Environment, 2016(1), Article number 116914, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.116914.
  • Tolosana Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., (2019), Geostatistics for Compositional Data: An Overview. Mathematical Geosciences, 51(4), 485–526, DOI: 10.1007/s11004-018-9769-3.
  • Lai, E., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, KL., (2019), Comparing estimates of catch and effort for boat-based recreational fishing from aperiodic access-point surveys. Fisheries Research, 219(November 2019), Article no.105305, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2019.06.003.
  • Arias-Ortiz, A., Serrano Gras, O., Masque Barri, P., Lavery, P., Mueller, U., Kendrick, G., Rozaimi, M., Esteban Pacheco, A., Fourqurean, J., Marba, N., Mateo, M., Murray, K., Rule, MJ., Duarte, C., (2018), A marine heatwave drives massive losses from the world’s largest seagrass carbon stocks. Nature Climate Change, 8(4), 338-344, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0096-y.
  • Kavazos, C., Huggett, M., Mueller, U., Horwitz, P., (2018), Bacterial and ciliate biofilm community structure at different spatial levels of a salt lake meta-community. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 94(10), article no. fiy148, DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiy148.
  • Sowden, M., Mueller, U., Blake, D., (2018), Review of surface particulate monitoring of dust events using geostationary satellite remote sensing. Atmospheric Environment, 183(June 2018), 154-164, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.04.020.
  • McKinley, J., Grunsky, E., Mueller, U., (2018), Environmental Monitoring and Peat Assessment Using Multivariate Analysis of Regional-Scale Geochemical Data. Mathematical Geosciences, 50(2), 235-246, DOI: 10.1007/s11004-017-9686-x.
  • Van Den Boogaart, KG., Mueller, U., Tolosana Delgado, R., (2017), An Affine Equivariant Multivariate Normal Score Transform for Compositional Data. Mathematical Geosciences, 49(2), 231-251, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11004-016-9645-y.
  • Aboagye-Sarfo, P., Cross, J., Mueller, U., (2017), Intervention time series analysis of voluntary, counselling and testing on HIV infections in West African sub-region: the case of Ghana. Journal of Applied Statistics, 44(4), 571-582, DOI: 10.1080/02664763.2016.1177501.
  • Kavazos, C., Huggett, M., Mueller, U., Horwitz, P., (2017), Biogenic processes or terrigenous inputs? Permanent water bodies of the Northern Ponds in the Lake MacLeod basin of Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 68(7), 1366-1376, Victoria, Australia, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/MF16233.
  • Grunsky, E., Caritat, Pd., Mueller, U., (2017), Using surface regolith geochemistry to map the major crustal blocks of the Australian continent. Gondwana Research, 46(2), 227-239, DOI: 10.1016/j.gr.2017.02.011.
  • Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Mueller, U., Jenney, A., Vosaki, G., Rosa, V., Naucukidi, A., Mulholland, K., Strugnell, R., Kama, M., Horwitz, P., (2016), Health at the sub-catchment scale: Typhoid & its environmental determinants in Central Division, Fiji. Ecohealth, 13(4), 633-651, New York, USA, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10393-016-1152-6.
  • Mueller, U., Grunsky, E., (2016), Multivariate spatial analysis of lake sediment geochemical data; Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. Applied Geochemistry, 75(2016), 247–262, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.02.007.
  • Aidoo, E., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., (2016), The effects of measurement uncertainty on spatial characterisation of recreational fishing catch rates. Fisheries Research, 181(1), 1-13, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2016.03.022.

Conference Publications

  • Talebi, H., Peeters, L., Mueller, U., Tolosana-Delgado, R., Van Den Boogaart, K., (2019), Spectral-spatial clustering of regionalized mixed data. Proceedings of IAMG 2019 - 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, 143-147, online, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences.
  • Van Den Boogaart, KG., Tolosana Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Matos Camacho, S., (2016), How details of the geometallurgical optimisation influence overall value. GeoMet 2016 Proceedings, 303-314, Carlton, Victoria, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Recoverable resources calculation using non-linear methods: A comparative study
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  On the spatial modelling of mixed and constrained geospatial data
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Space-time statistical analysis of malaria morbidity incidence cases in Ghana: A geostatistical modelling approach
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Plurigaussian simulation of rocktypes using data from a gold mine in Western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Goestatistical methods for estimating iron, silica and alumina grades within the hardcap of the section seven iron deposit, tom price
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Geostatistical spatiotemporal modelling with application to the shark Bay managed prawn fishery.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Geostatistical modelling of recreational fishing data: A fine-scale spatial analysis
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Epidemiological model of the transmission and spread of hepatitis B pandemic in Ghana
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Linear transformation methods for multivariate geostatistical simulation
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Determining ground-level composition and concentration of particulate matter across regional areas using the Hinawari-8 satellite
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Imputation, modelling and optimal sampling design for digital camera data in recreational fisheries monitoring
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Compositions, logratios and geostatistics: An application to iron ore
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  The simulation of material types in a Western Australian iron deposit.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Approaches to the spatial modeling of cancer incidence and mortality in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia, 1990- 2005

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Assessing variability in standardised harvest rates from shore-based recreational fishing surveys
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  The Western Australian charter industry: Working towards long term sustainability

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Time series analysis of HIV incidence cases in Ghana: Trends, predictions and impact of interventions
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Small-scale biogeographic patterns of benthic bacterial and ciliate communities in the saline ponds of lake macleod, North-Western Australia
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