Laurence D. Mueller

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Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

PH.D., University of California, Davis, 1979

B.S., A.M., Stanford University, 1974

Phone: (949) 824-4744, 5179
Fax: (949) 824-2181, 4744

University of California, Irvine
401 SH
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Theoretical and empirical studies of density-dependent natural selection, population stability and dynamics, DNA typing in forensic science
Academic Distinctions
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Research Abstract
My recent research has focused on the evolution of demography. With my colleague, Michael Rose, we have used both theoretical and experimental research to study late-life mortality and fecundity plateaus. We believe that evolution provides an explanation for why aging stops in late-life as well as why we age in the first place.
Mueller, L.D., P. Shahrestani, and C.L. Rauser. 2009. Predicting death in female Drosophila. Experimental Gerontology 44:766-772.
Mueller, L.D. 2008. Can simple population genetic models reconcile partial match frequencies observed in large forensic databases? Journal of Genetics 87:101-108.
Rose, M.R. and L.D. Mueller, 2006. Evolution and Ecology of the Organism. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Mueller, L. D. and A. Joshi, 2000. Stability in Model Populations. Monographs in Population Biology No. 31, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J.
Mueller, L.D. 1997. Theoretical and empirical examination of density-dependent selection. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 28: 269-288.
Mueller, L. D. and M. R. Rose. 1996. Evolutionary theory predicts late-life mortality plateaus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 93:15249-15253.
Mueller, L. D., P. Z. Guo and F. J. Ayala. 1991. Density-dependent natural selection and trade-offs in life history traits. Science 253: 433-435.
Professional Societies
Society for the Study of Evolution
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