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Associate Professor Ute Mueller

Associate Dean (Research)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5272, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.343
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5272
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5811
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.343  


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


  • 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


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


Recent Research Grants

  • 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

  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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(2019), 105305, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2019.06.003.
  • 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), 116914, DOI:
  • Tate, A., Lo, J., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., Taylor, S., (2019), Standardizing harvest rates of finfish caught by shore-based recreational fishers. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, fsz228(1), 1-16, Oxford, DOI:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/
  • 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.
  • Van Den Boogaart, KG., Mueller, U., Tolosana Delgado, R., (2017), An Affine Equivariant Multivariate Normal Score Transform for Compositional Data. Mathematical Geosciences, 49(2), 232-251, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., Van Den Boogaart, KG., Ward, C., Gutzmer, J., (2015), Improving processing by adaption to conditional geostatistical simulation of block compositions. The Journal of The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 115(1), 13-26, Johannesburg, South Africa, Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Aboagye-Sarfo, P., Mueller, U., Cross, J., (2015), The impact of the activities of Ghana AIDS Commission on new HIV infections in Ghana: An intervention time series analysis. HIV & AIDS Review, 14(4), 97-103, Warsaw, Poland, Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o., DOI: 10.1016/j.hivar.2015.03.003.
  • Aidoo, E., Mueller, U., Goovaerts, P., Hyndes, G., (2015), Evaluation of geostatistical estimators and their applicability to characterise the spatial patterns of recreational fishing catch rates. Fisheries Research, 168(2015), 20-32, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2015.03.013.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • Van Den Boogaart, K., Tolosana-Delgado, R., Mueller, U., (2015), An affine equivariant anamorphosis for compositional data. Proceedings of IAMG 2015 - 17th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, 1302-1311, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences.
  • Aidoo, E., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., (2015), Propagation of measurement uncertainty in spatial characterisation of recreational fishing catch rates using logistic transform indicator kriging. MODSIM2015, 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 145-151, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Geostatistical modelling of recreational fishing data: A fine-scale spatial analysis
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Space-time statistical analysis of malaria morbidity incidence cases in Ghana: A geostatistical modelling approach
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Compositions, logratios and geostatistics: An application to iron ore
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Geostatistical spatiotemporal modelling with application to the shark Bay managed prawn fishery.
  • 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
  • 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),  Recoverable resources calculation using non-linear methods: A comparative study
  • 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,  On the spatial modelling of mixed and constrained geospatial data

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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