- Undergraduate Education
- B.A. Anthropology, Biology Minor, Texas A&M University
- Graduate Education
- M.A. Middle East Studies, University of Texas-Austin
- Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
Dr. Muhl lectures in courses on aquatic ecology and wildlife and fisheries management. She is interested in factors that influence competitive interactions, such as predator-prey relationships and resource availability. Dr. Muhl graduated in 2018 with a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and her dissertation research on harmful algal blooms (HABs) showed the importance of phytoplankton interspecific competition on harmful algal bloom dynamics. Her early interest in cultural anthropology and political systems led to an MA in Middle East Studies in 2000, leading to work at an advocacy NGO in Washington, DC. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Muhl serves as the RWFM Internship Coordinator.
Research Interests and Specializations
Aquatic sciences, plankton ecology, harmful algal blooms
Roelke, D.L., Cagle, S.E., Muhl, R.M.W., Sakavara, A. and Tsirtsis, G. 2019. Resource
fluctuation patterns influence emergent properties of phytoplankton assemblages
and their resistance to harmful algal blooms. Marine Fisheries Reivew Journal.
Muhl, R.M.W., Daniel L. Roelke, Tamar Zohary, Maria Moustaka-Gouni, Ulrich
Sommer, Gábor Borics, Ursula Gaedke, Frances G. Withrow, Joydeb
Bhattacharyya. 2018. Resisting annihilation: Relationships between functional
trait dissimilarity, assemblage competitive power and allelopathy. Ecology
Letters, 21:1390-1400. doi: 10.1111/ele.13109.
Cagle, S. E., Roelke, D.L. and Muhl, R.M.W. 2018. Compounding effects of co-occurring disturbances on populations of a harmful bloom-forming mixotrophic protist. Hydrobiologia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3732-7.
Bhattacharyya, J., Roelke, D.L., Muhl, R.M.W. and Withrow, F.G. 2018. Exploitative competition of invaders differentially influences the diversity of lumpy and intransitive phytoplankton assemblages in spatially heterogeneous environments. Ecological Modelling, 370, 59-66.
Withrow, F.G. Roelke, D. L., Muhl, R. M.W. and Bhattacharyya, J. 2018. Water column
processes differentially influence richness and diversity of neutral, lumpy and
intransitive phytoplankton assemblages. Ecological Modelling, 370:C, 22-32.