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Robert Mueller

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Bob is a senior research scientist and his research focuses on fish passage evaluations with juvenile and adult anadromous Pacific salmonids. Current and recent research includes studies to evaluate and describe habitat variables associated with fall Chinook salmon and steelhead spawning areas within the Lower Snake River, Hanford Reach and the Lower Columbia River. Mr. Mueller has been involved in conducting hydroacoustic/acoustic camera evaluations at several mainstem Snake and Columbia hydroelectric facilities to evaluate fish passage bypass systems and evaluate fish behavior near these structures. He has expertise in conducting laboratory tests to determine the effects of turbulence, shear stress and pressure on juvenile salmonids. Other research interests/expertise include; juvenile lamprey tagging studies, fish behavior studies, water quality assessments and macroinvertebrate assessments.

Research Interests

  • Chinook salmon spawning habitat studies
  • Acoustic/video camera evaluations
  • Juvenile lamprey passage studies
  • Macroinvertebrate assessments

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Aquatic Biology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, 1987

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Fisheries Society

PNNL Publications

2017

  • Arntzen EV, and RP Mueller. 2017. "Video-Based Electroshocking Platform to Identify Lamprey Ammocoete Habitat: Field Validation and New Discoveries in the Columbia River Basin." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37(3):676-681.  doi:10.1080/02755947.2017.1310152
  • Deng Z, JP Duncan, JL Arnold, T Fu, JJ Martinez, J Lu, PS Titzler, D Zhou, and RP Mueller. 2017. "Evaluation of Boundary Dam Spillway Using an Autonomous Sensor Fish Device." Journal of Hydro-Environment Research 14:85-92.  doi:10.1016/j.jher.2016.10.004
  • Mueller RP, JM Janak, SA Liss, RS Brown, Z Deng, and RA Harnish. 2017. "Retention and Effects of Miniature Transmitters in Juvenile American Eels." Fisheries Research 195:52-58.  doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2017.06.017

2016

  • Linley TJ, EJ Krogstad, RP Mueller, GA Gill, and BK Lasorsa. 2016. "Mercury concentrations in Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) and sediments in the Columbia River Basin." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35(10):2571-2576.  doi:10.1002/etc.3423

2015

2014

  • Hayes DB, BJ Bellgraph, BM Roth, DD Dauble, and RP Mueller. 2014. "Timing of Redd Construction by Fall Chinook Salmon in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River." River Research and Applications 30(9):1110-1119.  doi:10.1002/rra.2719
  • Ingraham JM, Z Deng, JJ Martinez, BA Trumbo, RP Mueller, and MA Weiland. 2014. "Feasibility of Tracking Fish with Acoustic Transmitters in the Ice Harbor Dam Tailrace." Scientific Reports 4:Article Number 4090.  doi:10.1038/srep04090

2012

  • Johnson GE, WH Pearson, SL Southard, and RP Mueller. 2012. "Upstream Movement of Juvenile Coho Salmon in Relation to Environmental Conditions in a Culvert Test Bed." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141(6):1520-1531.  doi:10.1080/00028487.2012.699013
  • Colotelo AHA, BD Pflugrath, RS Brown, CJ Brauner, RP Mueller, TJ Carlson, Z Deng, ML Ahmann, and BA Trumbo. 2012. "The effect of rapid and sustained decompression on barotrauma in juvenile brook lamprey and Pacific lamprey: implications for passage at hydroelectric facilities." Fisheries Research 129-130:17-20.  doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2012.06.001
  • Deng Z, JJ Martinez, AHA Colotelo, TK Abel, AP LeBarge, RS Brown, BD Pflugrath, RP Mueller, TJ Carlson, A Seaburg, RL Johnson, and ML Ahmann. 2012. "Development of External and Neutrally Buoyant Acoustic Transmitters for Juvenile Salmon Turbine Passage Evaluation." Fisheries Research 113(1):94-105.  doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2011.08.018
  • Mueller RP, EV Arntzen, MA Nabelek, BL Miller, KJ Klett, and RA Harnish. 2012. "Laboratory testing of a modified electroshocking system designed for deepwater juvenile lamprey sampling ." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141(3):841-845.  doi:10.1080/00028487.2012.675908

2011

  • Deng Z, TJ Carlson, J Xu, JJ Martinez, MA Weiland, RP Mueller, JR Myers, and ME Jones. 2011. "Design and operation specifications of an active monitoring system for detecting southern resident killer whales." In OCEANS 2011, September 19-22, 2011, Kona, Hawaii.  IEEE , Piscataway, NJ. 
  • Geist DR, Z Deng, RP Mueller, VI Cullinan, SR Brink, and JA Chandler. 2011. "The effect of fluctuating temperatures and ration levels on the growth of juvenile Snake River fall Chinook salmon." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140(1):190-200. 
  • Mueller RP, BL Tiller, MD Bleich, G Turner, and ID Welch. 2011. Assessment of the Species Composition, Densities, and Distribution of Native Freshwater Mussels along the Benton County Shoreline of the Hanford Reach, Columbia River, 2004PNNL-19933, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

2010

  • Brown RS, CR Duguay, RP Mueller, L Moulton, PJ Doucette, and JD Tagestad. 2010. "Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to Identify and Characterize Overwintering Areas of Fish in Ice-Covered Arctic RIvers: A Demonstration with Broad Whitefish and their Habitats in the Sagavanirktok River, Alaska." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:1711-1722. 
  • Deng Z, RP Mueller, MC Richmond, and GE Johnson. 2010. "Injury and mortality of juvenile salmon entrained in a submerged jet entering still water." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30(3):623-628. 
  • Bellgraph BJ, GA McMichael, RP Mueller, and JL Monroe. 2010. "Behavioural response of juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha during a sudden temperature increase and implications for survival." Journal of Thermal Biology 35(1):6-10. 
  • Geist DR, Z Deng, RP Mueller, SR Brink, and JA Chandler. 2010. "Survival and growth of juvenile Snake River fall Chinook salmon exposed to constant and fluctuating temperatures." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139(1):92-107 .  doi:10.1577/T09-003.1

2009

  • Deng Z, RP Mueller, and MC Richmond. 2009. "Measuring water velocity using DIDSON and image cross-correlation techniques." In Waterpower XVI: New Roles for Hydro in a Changing World, July 27-30, 2009, Spokane, Washington, p. Paper No. 130.  US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC. 
  • Johnson GE, MC Richmond, JB Hedgepeth, GR Ploskey, MG Anderson, Z Deng, F Khan, RP Mueller, CL Rakowski, NK Sather, JA Serkowski, and JR Steinbeck. 2009. Smolt Responses to Hydrodynamic Conditions in Forebay Flow Nets of Surface Flow Outlets, 2007PNNL-17387, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Richmond MC, Z Deng, CA McKinstry, RP Mueller, TJ Carlson, and DD Dauble. 2009. "Response Relationship Between Juvenile Salmon and an Autonomous Sensor in Turbulent Flows." Fisheries Research 97(1-2):134-139.  doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2009.01.011

2008

  • Johnson GE, GR Ploskey, J Hedgepeth, F Khan, RP Mueller, WT Nagy, MC Richmond, and MA Weiland. 2008. "Reducing the Impacts of Hydroelectric Dams on Juvenile Anadromous Fishes: Bioengineering Evaluations Using Acoustic Imaging in the Columbia River, USA." In Dams: Impacts, Stability and Design, ed. WP Hayes & MC Barnes, pp. 1-48.  Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY. 
  • Mueller RP, SS Southard, CW May, WH Pearson, and VI Cullinan. 2008. "Juvenile Coho Salmon Leaping Ability and Behavior in an Experimental Culvert Test Bed." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137(4):941-950.  doi:10.1577/T06-244.1

2007

2006

  • Johnson GE, F Khan, J Hedgepeth, RP Mueller, CL Rakowski, MC Richmond, JA Serkowski, and JR Skalski. 2006. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam Sluiceway, 2005PNNL-15540, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Mueller RP, RS Brown, HH Hop, and L Moulton. 2006. "Video and acoustic camera techniques for studying fish under ice: a review and comparison." Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 16(2):213-226.  doi:10.1007/s11160-006-9011-0
  • Mueller RP, RS Brown, HH Hop, and L Moulton. 2006. "Video and acoustic camera techniques for studying fish under ice: a review and comparison." Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 16(2):213-226. 
  • Mueller RP, RA Moursund, and MD Bleich. 2006. "Tagging Juvenile Pacific Lamprey with Passive Integrated Transponders: Methodology, Short-Term Mortality, and Influence on Swimming Performance." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26(2):361-366.  doi:10.1577/M05-017.1
  • Mueller RP, RA Moursund, and MD Bleich. 2006. "Tagging Juvenile Pacific Lamprey with Passive Integrated Transponders: Methodology, Short-Term Mortality, and Influence on Swimming Performance." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:361-366.  doi:10.1577/M05-017.1
  • Ploskey GR, GE Johnson, MA Weiland, F Khan, RP Mueller, JA Serkowski, CL Rakowski, J Hedgepeth, JR Skalski, BD Ebberts, and BA Klatte. 2006. "Acoustic Camera Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Approach and Fate at Surface Flow Outlets of Two Hydropower Dams ." In HydroVision 2006, p. 13 pages.  HCI Publications, Kansas City, MO. 

2005

  • Deng Z, MC Richmond, RP Mueller, JP Duncan, and TJ Carlson. 2005. "Laboratory study of biological response of juvenile salmon subjected to turbulent shear flows." In Proceedings of Waterpower XIV, Advancing Technology for Sustainable Energy, Austin, Texas, July 18-22, 2005, p. 15 pp.  HCI Publications, Kansas City, MO. 
  • Deng Z, GR Guensch, CA McKinstry, RP Mueller, DD Dauble, and MC Richmond. 2005. "Evaluation of Fish-Injury Mechanisms During Exposure to Turbulent Shear Flow." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62(7):1513-1522. 
  • Johnson GE, ME Hanks, F Khan, CB Cook, J Hedgepeth, RP Mueller, CL Rakowski, MC Richmond, SL Sargeant, JA Serkowski, and JR Skalski. 2005. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam in 2004PNNL-15180, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Weiland MA, RP Mueller, TJ Carlson, Z Deng, and CA McKinstry. 2005. Characterization of Bead Trajectories Through the Draft Tube of a Turbine Physical Model. PNNL-14879, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

2004

  • Deng Z, MC Richmond, GR Guensch, and RP Mueller. 2004. Study of Fish Response Using Particle Image Velocimetry and High-Speed, High-Resolution Imaging PNNL-14819, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Neitzel DA, DD Dauble, GF Cada, MC Richmond, GR Guensch, RP Mueller, CS Abernethy, and BG Amidan. 2004. "Survival Estimates for Juvenile Fish Subjected to a Laboratory-Generated Shear Environment ." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133:447-454. 

2003

  • Guensch GR, RP Mueller, CA McKinstry, and DD Dauble. 2003. Evaluation of Fish-Injury Mechanisms During Exposure to a High-Velocity Jet PNNL-14173, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Johnson GE, BD Ebberts, DD Dauble, AE Giorgi, PG Heisey, RP Mueller, and DA Neitzel. 2003. "Effects of Jet Entry at High-Flow Outfalls on Juvenile Pacific Salmon." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23(2):441-449. 
  • Johnson GE, BD Ebberts, DD Dauble, AE Giorgi, PG Heisey, RP Mueller, and DA Neitzel. 2003. "Effects of Jet Entry at High Flow Outfalls on Juvenile Pacific Salmon." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23(2):441-449. 

2001

2000

  • Dauble DD, and RP Mueller. 2000. "Difficulties in estimating survival for adult chinook salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers." Fisheries 25(8):24-34. 
  • Neitzel DA, MC Richmond, DD Dauble, RP Mueller, RA Moursund, CS Abernethy, and GR Guensch. 2000. Laboratory Studies on the Effects of Shear on FishPNNL-13323, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

1999

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