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Photo of Ulrich Mueller ULRICH G. MUELLER

An assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Maryland, Ulrich Mueller's research interests include coevolution and behavioral evolution. His research aims to understand microevolutionary forces and macroevolutionary patterns that govern the evolution of organismal interactions, particularly the evolution of mutualisms and the evolution of social conflict and cooperation.

While Mueller's research on Expedition Panama focuses on the coevolution between fungus-growing ants and their fungi, he also studies the evolutionary ecology of halictine bees and admits to an inordinate fondness for social insects in general. He conducts his field research throughout the neotropics, but primarily in Panama and Costa Rica. For more about Mueller's research and a list of his representative publications, go the University of Maryland's Department of Zoology.

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Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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