Dr. Mueller's research aims at understanding the evolution of organismal interactions, particularly the evolution of mutualisms and the evolution of social conflict and cooperation. Current research focuses largely on the coevolution between fungus-growing ants and their fungi. Students are encouraged to develop their own independent research projects.
The Mueller Lab offers several undergraduate research opportunities each semester:
(1) ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Behavioral observation and experimentation with ants.
(2) MICROBIOLOGY: Culturing of fungi; preparation of fungal cultures for DNA work; sterile vouchering of live fungal collections; preparation of microbiological growth media.
(3) GENETICS: DNA extraction; PCR amplification of genes; DNA sequencing; microsatellite DNA genotyping.
(4) PLANT SYMBIOSES: Microbial communities of the rhizosphere.
Affiliated Research Units
International Research: Regions of Academic Interest
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