Ethnobotany, Socio-ecological systems, Participatory research, Citizen science, West Africa, Resilient Food systems, Community-based conservation, Local ecological knowledge, Environmental Justice
Ph.D. Biology [Interdisciplinary, Ethnobotany] Tufts UniversityMay, 2009
Committee: Astier M. Almedom (Anthropology), Michael Reed (Conservation Biology); George Ellmore (Botany), Pearl T. Robinson (Policy); Lance Gunderson (Ecology)
Selected Courses: Advanced Statistics, Qualitative Research Methods, Biostatistics, African Politics
Coursework Geobotany and Anthropology Universität Freiburg (Germany) 1999-2000
Selected Courses: Anthropological Methods, E.U. Environmental Policy, Biology Teaching Methods
B. A. German and Biology Hiram College 1999
GPA: 3.88/4.0, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinguished Student Leader
Adjunct Professor Portland State University 2012-Current
Taught Environmental Management, Environmental Sustainability and General Education Classes.
Grant Writer Portland State University 2009-2011
Worked with Dr. M. Dresner on environmental stewardship and informal science education grant.
Research Affiliate Tufts University 2009-2011
Conducted independent ecological research, analysis and writing.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow Tufts University 2006-2009
Designed and conducted an independent applied-ethnobotanical community-based research in Niger.
Laboratory Academic Coordinator Tufts Biology Department 2006
Led graduate and undergraduate lab instructor training and curriculum development for intro biology lab.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Tufts Biology Department 2004-2006
Taught three sections of introductory biology laboratory sequence.
Natural Resource Management U.S. Peace Corps Niger 2001-2004
Directed environmental education and community-level conservation programs and led technical training.
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards (Awarded to date: $164,600)
2006-2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (PI) Title: Participatory Conservation: A Community Based Ethnobotanical Evaluation of Useful Plants and their Conservation Status in Parc du “W”, Niger
2016 Universal Design for Learning: Access and Equity towards Increased Retention in FRINQ
2013 Provost Challenge
Competitive Fellowships and Awards
2013 Best Poster Award for Society of Economic Botany
2010 Best Poster Award for Society of Ethnobiology
2006-07 Switzer Environmental Fellowship
2006 EPA Star Fellowship (awarded but declined to accept NSF GRFP)
2006 Sigma Delta Epsilon Fellowship for Graduate Women in Science
2006 Annie's Homegrown Environmental Studies Scholarship
2006 Graduate Student Research Grants-in-Aid
2005 Graduate Environmental Research Fellowship(TIE)
2005-08 Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) Travel Awards
2005 Anne S. Chatham Fellowship for Medicinal Botany (GCA)
2004 Graduate Student Research Grants-in-Aid
2005-08 Graduate Council Travel Award
1999 Student Leadership Award (Hiram College)
1999 The Dwight H. and Trudy R. Berg Scholarship in Biology
1998 The Eastman Kodak Company Award in Biology
Peer- Reviewed Publications Alternate name spellings: Muller and Mueller
12. Mueller, J.G., R. Boubacar‡* and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2014). The “How” and “Why” of Including Gender and Age in Ethnobotanical Research and Community-Based Resource Management. Ambio EPUB 05: 1-12.
11. Paulson Priebe, M and Müller, J. G. (2013) Extant Forest Plantations as a Potential Bridge Between Social Needs and Ecological Management: A Comparative Case Study Analysis. Journal of Environmental Management. 129: 608-614
10. Dan Guimbo*, I., J. G. Mueller and M. Larwanou*. (2011) Ethnobotanical Knowledge of Men, Women and Children in Rural Niger: A Mixed-Methods Approach. Ethnobotany Research and Applications.1:40-50
9. Mueller, J. G. and I. Dan Guimbo*. (2011). Letting Wood Rot: A Case Study in Local Perceptions of Global Conservation Initiatives (Boumba, Niger).Ethnobiology Letters 9: www.ethnobotanyjournal.org/vol9/i1547-3465-09-00X.pdf.
8. Mueller, J. G., Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger, S. Lloyd‡, and J.M. Reed. (2010) Predicting Pre-historic Taro (C. esculenta) Lo`i Distribution in Hawai’i. Economic Botany 64(1):22-33.
7. Mueller, J. G., H.B. Issoufou*, I. Dan Guimbo.* and A. M. Almedom. (2010) Evaluating Rapid Assessment of Ethnoecological Knowledge: Comparisons of Three Management Areas Through Vascular Plant Surveys and Rapid Participatory Rural Appraisal. Conservation Biology 24:140-150.
6. Glandon, D., J. Muller, A. M. Almedom. (2008) Post-Katrina New Orleans: Redevelopment with Resilience. African Health Sciences 8: S28-S32
5. Strauch, A., J. Muller, A. M. Almedom. (2008) Exploring the Dynamics of Social-Ecological Resilience in East and West Africa: Preliminary Evidence from Tanzania and Niger. African Health Sciences 8: S28-S32
4. Muller, J. and A. M. Almedom. (2008) What is “Famine Food”? Distinguishing Between Traditional Vegetables and Special Foods for Times of Hunger/Scarcity (Niger). Human Ecology 36(4): 599-607.
3. Muller, J. (2007) Seeking Female Participation in Ethnoecological Fieldwork: Field Notes. Journal of Ecological Anthropology. 11(1): 64-68.
2. Almedom, A. M., B. Tesfamichael, Z. S. Mohammed, J. Muller, N. Mascie-Taylor, Z. Alemu. (2005) ‘Hope’ Makes Sense in Eritrean Sense of Coherence (SOC), but ‘Loser’ Does Not. Journal of Loss and Trauma. 10:433–451.
1. Almedom, A. M., B. Tesfamichael, Z. S. Mohammed, J. Muller, N. Mascie-Taylor, Z. Alemu. (2005) Prolonged Displacement May Compromise Resilience in Eritrean Mothers. African Health Sciences. 5(4):310-314.
Manuscripts in Revision, Review or Preparation
4. Mueller, J. G. and Paulson Priebe, M (In Prep) Community Forestry in America: A Systematic Review
3. Mueller, J. G. , I. Dan Guimbo* and A.M. Almedom (In Revision) Applying Folk Taxonomic Knowledge to Conservation Through Participatory Research (Boumba, Niger) Submitted to Ecology and Society
2. Mueller, J.G. and H.Y. Hassane.*‡ (In Prep) History and Politics of Conservation Policy: A Case Study of Fire Management.
1. Dan Guimbo*, I., J.G. Mueller and M. Larwanou*. (In Prep) “Patterns of Botanical Resource Use and Conservation in Three Rural Villages in Southwest Niger”
Academic Theses and other Publications
3. Müller, J. G. (2009) Including Local Voices in Global Discourse in Biodiversity Conservation: An Ethnobotanical Study in Boumba, Niger (Park W). Tufts University, Medford, MA pp. 281
2. Muller, J. and I. Dan Guimbo*. (2008). Eats Shoots and Leaves: Adding Local Understanding to the Discussion of Famine Food Resources in Niger. Practicing Anthropology 30(4): 29-32.
1. Muller, J. (1999) Effects of Type and Timing of Nutrient Perturbation on Old-Field Plant Communities.
Conference Papersand Posters
21. Mueller, J. G. and Paulson Priebe, M (2015) Extant Forest Plantations as a Potential Bridge Between Social Needs and Ecological Management Paper presented at the 56th Meeting of the Society of Economic Botany South Africa
20. Mueller, J. G., and I. Dan Guimbo* (2014) Socio-ecological resilience in traditional farming systems of Niger. In Symposia: Ecosystem Stewardship Through Traditional Resource and Environmental Management: Indigenous Management Models from Around the Globe Paper presented at From Oceans to Mountains the 99th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
19. Mueller, J. G., and I. Dan Guimbo* (2013) Escaping the Expert trap: Applying Folk Taxonomic Knowledge to Conservation Through Participatory Research. Poster presented at What is our Message? Poster presented at the 54th Meeting of the Society of Economic Botany. Winner of Best Poster Award
18. Mueller, J. G. (2012) Including Local Voices in Global Discourse: Case Studies from Boumba, Niger. Poster presented at Bays, Boundaries and Borders the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
17. Mueller, J. G. and H.Y. Hassane*‡. (2011) History and Politics of Conservation Policy: A Case Study of Fire Management in the Niger Park W Complex. Paper presented at the 34rd Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology.
16. Mueller, J. G. R. Boubacar,‡* and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2011) Examining Community Consensus: Including Gender and Age Diversity in Rural African Ethnobotanical Research and Action. Paper presented at Expanding the Influence of Applied Social Science the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Session Chair)
15. Mueller, J. G. PhD (2010) Including Local Voices in Global Discourse: Case Studies from Boumba, Niger. Poster presented at the 33rd Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology. Winner of Best Poster Award
14. Mueller, J. G. and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2010) The Role of Primary and Secondary Crops in Species and Cultural Conservation in Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at the 51st Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany
13. Mueller, J. G., R. Boubacar,‡* and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2009) Examining Community Consensus: Including Gender and Age Diversity in Rural African Ethnobotanical Research and Action (Boumba, Niger). Paper presented at the 50th Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany.
12. Muller J.* (2009) Including Local Voices in Global Discourse: Case Studies from Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at Global Challenge, Local Action: Ethical Engagement, Partnerships, and Practice the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
11. Mueller, J. G. and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2009) Risk and Resilience: The Role of Primary and Secondary Crops in Species and Cultural Conservation in Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at the 32nd Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology.
10. Mueller, J. G. and H.Y. Hassane*‡. (2009) History and Politics of Conservation Policy: A case study of Fire Management in the Niger Park W complex. Paper presented at Creating Consciousness: Emerging Themes in African Studies: 17th Annual Boston University African Studies Center Graduate Research Conference.
9. Muller, J. and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2008) The Conservation Field: Secondary Crops Helping Conserve Genetic, Species and Cultural Diversity in Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at 50th Meeting of the African Studies Association.
8. Muller, J., H. Y. Hassane,*‡ and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2008) Love or Life: Local preference and species survival in Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at the 49th Society for Economic Botany Meeting.
7. Muller, J., H. Y. Hassane,*‡ and I. Dan Guimbo.* (2008) A Local Eye to the Conservation Telescope in Boumba, Niger on Park W. Paper presented at The Public Sphere and Engaged Scholarship: 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
6. Muller, J., H. B. Issoufou* and I Dan Guimbo.* (2007) Local Knowledge of the Biodiversity of Three Land Management Regions Surrounding Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at the 48th Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany.
5. Muller, J. (2007) Letting Wood Rot: The Role of Consumptive Use in Conservation-Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at Global Insecurities and Global Solutions: 67th Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting.
4. Muller, J. (2006) Traditional Botanical Knowledge and Use of Anza (Boscia senegalensis) in Boumba, Niger. Paper presented at Folk Botanical Wisdom: Towards Global Markets: 47th Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany.
3. Muller, J. and A. M. Almedom. (2006) From Anza to Zinsan: Concepts of Famine Foods in Niger. Paper presented at World on the Edge: 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
2. Muller, J. and J.M. Reed. (2005) The Potential for Historic Taro Lo’i to Support Viable Populations of Endangered Hawaiian Waterbirds. Paper presented at The Economics of Ethnobotany: 46th Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany.
1. Benninger-Truax, M., L. Palmer.‡, J. Muller,‡ G. Sturgill‡, and H. Mc Clure‡. (1999) Effects of Type and Timing of Nutrient Perturbation on Old-Field Plant Communities. Paper presented at the 84th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, pg 52.
Invited Presentations and GuestLectures
2015 Teaching Through the NEPA process. Open Science Network, Clanwilliam, South Africa.
2012 Including Local Knowledge in Global Initiatives in Niger, African Studies Lecture Series, Oregon State University, http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/2012/02/17/dr-jocelyn-mueller-including-local-knowledge-in-global-initiatves-in-niger/
2007 Local knowledge of the Biodiversity of three land management regions surrounding Boumba, Niger Graduate Women and Science, Northwestern University, Boston
2012 Environmental Sustainability (Portland State University)
2011 Environmental Anthropology (Oregon State University)
2008 Plants and Humanity (Tufts)
2007 Introductory Biology (Tufts)
2007 Bibliographic Research Techniques (Abdou Moumouni University, Niger)
Environmental Sustainability (ESM588) Portland State University
Freshman Inquiry (UNST 117) Human / Nature
Understanding Environmental Sustainability (ESM356) Portland State University
Environmental Sustainability (UNST 224) Portland State University
Intro to Environmental Management (ESM335- Hybrid Online Format) Portland State University
Intro to Environmental Management (ESM335) Portland State University
Intro Biology Lab Sequence Tufts University
Technical Trainer for Natural Resource Management (Peace Corps Niger)
Early Childhood Education
German Teacher (Grades 1-8) Shining Star Waldorf School
German Language Instruction (Age 3-4)
Undergraduate Research Mentoring
Université Abdou Moumouni
2008 Riyana Boubacar (Ministère de l’Hydraulique et del'Environnement)
Abdou Moussa (Ministère de Plan)
2007 HamaHassane (Ministère de l’Hydraulique et del'Environnement)
Near-Native Proficiency: German and Zarma (Djerma – a national language of Niger)
Working Proficiency: French
SPSS, SAS, Systat, Nvivo, Desire to Learn (D2L)
Participatory research methods,
Vascular plant survey tools
Qualitative and quantitative social science research methods
Special experience in non-literate communities
Society & Natural Resources
Ethnobotany Research and Applications
Graduate Student Council
Non-Academic Committee Chair
Dean Search Committee
African Studies Association Student Steering Committee
Ecological Society of America
Society of Economic Botany
Society of Ethnobiology
Society for Applied Anthropology
Open Science Network
Switzer Environmental Fellows Network