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Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Bob Mueller is a senior research scientist and his research focuses on fish passage evaluations in association with hydropower facilities and irrigation diversions across the Pacific Northwest. He has focused his research on working with juvenile and adult Pacific salmonids as well as Pacific lamprey. Past and recent projects include 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, conducting hydroacoustic/acoustic camera evaluations at mainstem hydroelectric facilities to evaluate fish passage systems and evaluate fish behavior near these structures, laboratory and field tests to determine the effects of turbulence, shear stress and pressure on juvenile salmonids, using acoustic in association with fish survival studies, use of optical cameras to quantify fish habitat and behavior observations, and water quality assessments.

Research Interests

  • Chinook salmon spawning habitat studies
  • Acoustic/video camera evaluations
  • Juvenile lamprey passage studies
  • Fish survival via the use of passive and active transmitters

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 E.V., and R.P. 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, no. 3:676-681. PNNL-SA-122277. doi:10.1080/02755947.2017.1310152
  • Deng Z., J.P. Duncan, J.L. Arnold, T. Fu, J.J. Martinez, J. Lu, and P.S. Titzler, et al. 2017. "Evaluation of Boundary Dam Spillway Using an Autonomous Sensor Fish Device." Journal of Hydro-Environment Research 14. PNNL-SA-113125. doi:10.1016/j.jher.2016.10.004
  • Mueller R.P., J.M. Janak, S.A. Liss, R.S. Brown, Z. Deng, and R.A. Harnish. 2017. "Retention and Effects of Miniature Transmitters in Juvenile American Eels." Fisheries Research 195. PNNL-SA-120628. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2017.06.017

2016

  • Linley T.J., E.J. Krogstad, R.P. Mueller, G.A. Gill, and B.K. Lasorsa. 2016. "Mercury concentrations in Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) and sediments in the Columbia River Basin." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35, no. 10:2571-2576. PNNL-SA-116607. doi:10.1002/etc.3423

2015

  • Moser M.L., A.D. Jackson, M.C. Lucas, and R.P. Mueller. 2015. "Behavior and potential threats to survival of migrating lamprey ammocoetes and macrophthalmia." Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 25, no. 2:103-116. PNNL-SA-105528. doi:10.1007/s11160-014-9372-8
  • Mueller R.P., C.L. Rakowski, W.A. Perkins, and M.C. Richmond. 2015. Assessment of Fluctuating Reservoir Elevations Using Hydraulic Models and Impacts to Larval Pacific Lamprey Rearing Habitat in the Bonneville Pool. PNNL-23876. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2014

  • Hayes D.B., B.J. Bellgraph, B.M. Roth, D.D. Dauble, and R.P. Mueller. 2014. "Timing of Redd Construction by Fall Chinook Salmon in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River." River Research and Applications 30, no. 9:1110-1119. PNWD-SA-10098. doi:10.1002/rra.2719
  • Ingraham J.M., Z. Deng, J.J. Martinez, B.A. Trumbo, R.P. Mueller, and M.A. Weiland. 2014. "Feasibility of Tracking Fish with Acoustic Transmitters in the Ice Harbor Dam Tailrace." Scientific Reports 4. PNWD-SA-10239. doi:10.1038/srep04090

2012

  • Colotelo A.H., B.D. Pflugrath, R.S. Brown, C.J. Brauner, R.P. Mueller, T.J. Carlson, and Z. Deng, et al. 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. PNNL-SA-85601. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2012.06.001
  • Deng Z., J.J. Martinez, A.H. Colotelo, T.K. Abel, A.P. LeBarge, R.S. Brown, and B.D. Pflugrath, et al. 2012. "Development of External and Neutrally Buoyant Acoustic Transmitters for Juvenile Salmon Turbine Passage Evaluation." Fisheries Research 113, no. 1:94-105. PNNL-SA-79155. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2011.08.018
  • Johnson G.E., W.H. Pearson, S.L. Southard, and R.P. 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, no. 6:1520-1531. PNWD-SA-8455. doi:10.1080/00028487.2012.699013
  • Mueller R.P., E.V. Arntzen, M.A. Nabelek, B.L. Miller, K.J. Klett, and R.A. Harnish. 2012. "Laboratory testing of a modified electroshocking system designed for deepwater juvenile lamprey sampling." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141, no. 3:841-845. PNWD-SA-9512. doi:10.1080/00028487.2012.675908

2011

  • Deng Z., T.J. Carlson, J. Xu, J.J. Martinez, M.A. Weiland, R.P. Mueller, and J.R. Myers, et al. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-81594.
  • Geist D.R., Z. Deng, R.P. Mueller, V.I. Cullinan, S.R. Brink, and J.A. 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, no. 1:190-200. PNWD-SA-8841.
  • Mueller R.P., B.L. Tiller, M.D. Bleich, G. Turner, and I.D. 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, 2004. PNNL-19933. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2010

  • Bellgraph B.J., G.A. McMichael, R.P. Mueller, and J.L. Monroe. 2010. "Behavioural response of juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha during a sudden temperature increase and implications for survival." Journal of Thermal Biology 35, no. 1:6-10. PNNL-SA-65005.
  • Brown R.S., C.R. Duguay, R.P. Mueller, L. Moulton, P.J. Doucette, and J.D. 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. PNNL-SA-74135.
  • Deng Z., R.P. Mueller, M.C. Richmond, and G.E. Johnson. 2010. "Injury and mortality of juvenile salmon entrained in a submerged jet entering still water." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30, no. 3:623-628. PNNL-SA-63135.
  • Geist D.R., Z. Deng, R.P. Mueller, S.R. Brink, and J.A. 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, no. 1:92-107. PNWD-SA-8458. doi:10.1577/T09-003.1

2009

  • Deng Z., R.P. Mueller, and M.C. 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, Paper No. 130. Washington Dc:US Army Corps of Engineers. PNNL-SA-64821.
  • Johnson G.E., M.C. Richmond, J.B. Hedgepeth, G.R. Ploskey, M.G. Anderson, Z. Deng, and F. Khan, et al. 2009. Smolt Responses to Hydrodynamic Conditions in Forebay Flow Nets of Surface Flow Outlets, 2007. PNNL-17387. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Richmond M.C., Z. Deng, C.A. McKinstry, R.P. Mueller, T.J. Carlson, and D.D. Dauble. 2009. "Response Relationship Between Juvenile Salmon and an Autonomous Sensor in Turbulent Flows." Fisheries Research 97, no. 1-2:134-139. PNNL-SA-51955. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2009.01.011

2008

  • Johnson G.E., G.R. Ploskey, J. Hedgepeth, F. Khan, R.P. Mueller, W.T. Nagy, and M.C. Richmond, et al. 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, edited by WP Hayes & MC Barnes. 1-48. Hauppauge, New York:Nova Science Publishers. PNNL-SA-61525.
  • Mueller R.P., S.S. Southard, C.W. May, W.H. Pearson, and V.I. Cullinan. 2008. "Juvenile Coho Salmon Leaping Ability and Behavior in an Experimental Culvert Test Bed." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137, no. 4:941-950. PNWD-SA-7768. doi:10.1577/T06-244.1

2007

  • Mueller R.P., and M. Simmons. 2007. Characterization of Gatewell Orifice Lighting at the Bonneville Dam Second Powerhouse and Compendium of Research on Light Guidance with Juvenile Salmonids. PNNL-17210. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2006

  • Johnson G.E., F. Khan, J. Hedgepeth, R.P. Mueller, C.L. Rakowski, M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski, et al. 2006. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam Sluiceway, 2005. PNNL-15540. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Mueller R.P., R.A. Moursund, and M.D. 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, no. 2:361-366. PNNL-SA-54928. doi:10.1577/M05-017.1
  • Mueller R.P., R.A. Moursund, and M.D. 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. PNNL-SA-45887. doi:10.1577/M05-017.1
  • Mueller R.P., R.S. Brown, H.H. 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, no. 2:213-226. PNNL-SA-48542. doi:10.1007/s11160-006-9011-0
  • Mueller R.P., R.S. Brown, H.H. 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, no. 2:213-226. PNWD-SA-6821.
  • Ploskey G.R., G.E. Johnson, M.A. Weiland, F. Khan, R.P. Mueller, J.A. Serkowski, and C.L. Rakowski, et al. 2006. "Acoustic Camera Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Approach and Fate at Surface Flow Outlets of Two Hydropower Dams." In HydroVision 2006, 13 pages. Kansas City, Missouri:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-48572.

2005

  • Deng Z., G.R. Guensch, C.A. McKinstry, R.P. Mueller, D.D. Dauble, and M.C. Richmond. 2005. "Evaluation of Fish-Injury Mechanisms During Exposure to Turbulent Shear Flow." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62, no. 7:1513-1522. PNNL-SA-42142.
  • Deng Z., M.C. Richmond, R.P. Mueller, J.P. Duncan, and T.J. 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, 15 pp. Kansas City, Missouri:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-44206.
  • Johnson G.E., M.E. Hanks, F. Khan, C.B. Cook, J. Hedgepeth, R.P. Mueller, and C.L. Rakowski, et al. 2005. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam in 2004. PNNL-15180. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Weiland M.A., R.P. Mueller, T.J. Carlson, Z. Deng, and C.A. McKinstry. 2005. Characterization of Bead Trajectories Through the Draft Tube of a Turbine Physical Model. PNNL-14879. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2004

  • Deng Z., M.C. Richmond, G.R. Guensch, and R.P. Mueller. 2004. Study of Fish Response Using Particle Image Velocimetry and High-Speed, High-Resolution Imaging. PNNL-14819. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Neitzel D.A., D.D. Dauble, G.F. Cada, M.C. Richmond, G.R. Guensch, R.P. Mueller, and C.S. Abernethy, et al. 2004. "Survival Estimates for Juvenile Fish Subjected to a Laboratory-Generated Shear Environment." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133. PNNL-SA-35935.

2003

  • Guensch G.R., R.P. Mueller, C.A. McKinstry, and D.D. Dauble. 2003. Evaluation of Fish-Injury Mechanisms During Exposure to a High-Velocity Jet. PNNL-14173. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Johnson G.E., B.D. Ebberts, D.D. Dauble, A.E. Giorgi, P.G. Heisey, R.P. Mueller, and D.A. Neitzel. 2003. "Effects of Jet Entry at High Flow Outfalls on Juvenile Pacific Salmon." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23, no. 2:441-449. PNNL-SA-35569.

2001

  • Carlson T.J., G.R. Ploskey, R.L. Johnson, R.P. Mueller, M.A. Weiland, and P.N. Johnson. 2001. Observations of the Behavior and Distribution of Fish in Relation to the Columbia River Navigation Channel and Channel Maintenance Activities. PNNL-13595. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Mueller R.P., D.A. Neitzel, and B.G. Amidan. 2001. "Evaluation of Infrasound and Strobe Lights for Eliciting Avoidance Behavior in Juvenile Salmon and Char." In Behavorial Technologies for Fish Guidance, American Fisheries Society Symposium, 26, 79-90. Bethesda, Maryland:Amer Fisheries Soc. PNNL-SA-31653.

2000

  • Dauble D.D., and R.P. Mueller. 2000. "Difficulties in estimating survival for adult chinook salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers." Fisheries 25, no. 8:24-34. PNNL-SA-31602.
  • Neitzel D.A., M.C. Richmond, D.D. Dauble, R.P. Mueller, R.A. Moursund, C.S. Abernethy, and G.R. Guensch. 2000. Laboratory Studies on the Effects of Shear on Fish. PNNL-13323. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

1999

  • Mueller R.P., and D.R. Geist. 1999. Steelhead Spawning Surveys Near Locke Island, Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. PNNL-13055. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

1998

  • Mueller R.P., and D.R. Geist. 1998. Evaluation of Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning Adjacent to the In-Situ Redox Manipulation Treatability Test Site, Hanford Site, Washington. PNNL-12025. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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