Rachael D. Mueller is a research scientist focusing on Salish Sea oceanography and how ocean circulation may affect change in the system. She is currently assisting a project to evaluate how nutrients alter the quality of the marine environment. Areas of research interest include oil spill fate, tides, thermohaline circulation and small-scale mixing.
Prior to joining PSI, Rachael was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia working under the supervision of Susan Allen to develop a model of impacts of Dilbit and oil spills in the Salish Sea. She also wrote a successful proposal to learn how to best communicate this research to indigenous communities and to work toward developing more equity and inclusion of indigenous communities in leading oceanographic research in the Salish Sea. She has a Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.