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Professor Dr. Moritz Müller

Professor & Head, AquES (Aquatic and Environmental Research Sciences) Research Group
PhD (Southampton, UK)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 651
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E605, Building E
Email: mmueller@swinburne.edu.my
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Upon graduation at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, Moritz accepted a lectureship position at Swinburne Sarawak where he initially established the BSc (Biotechnology) program and later set up the Aquatic and Environmental Sciences (AquES) Research Group. He has been teaching ten years in the undergraduate program and supervised over 20 MSc and PhD students to completion.

Moritz’s research focuses on biogeochemical cycles in the Anthropocene, mainly greenhouse gases, dissolved organic and inorganic carbon, environmental microbiology, trace metals, and microplastics. His collaborative work has been published in Nature Communications, as well as other A* journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, Environmental Pollution, Global Change Biology, and Science Advances.

Over the past five years, Moritz secured national and international grants totalling over six million AUD as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator.

Moritz has represented Malaysia at international meetings such as the multilateral Coral Triangle Initiative or the IMBeR Continental Margins Working Group, a core project of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Future Earth. He is a founding member of the Malaysian Microplastics Network and has been appointed the Sarawak node of the Malaysian Society of Marine Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Greenhouse gases;
  • Carbon cycle and Blue Carbon;
  • Environmental microbiology;
  • Microplastics;
  • Remote sensing

Professional Memberships

  • HRDF-certified trainer
  • MBOT Graduate Technologist
  • Certified Scientific Diver, Germany

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire directly with A/P Moritz Müller about postgraduate opportunities. All students are expected to spend part of their studies at partner institutions and must be willing to travel. Please also visit www.aques.org for more information.

Research Grants

Awarded in 2021
CoI; ASEAN-PLASTIC: A South-East Asian Network for Plastics Monitoring -Synergistic linking of recently-established initiatives to maximise regional impact. ‘Science, Technology and Action’ Nexus for Development (STAND)
CoI; Integrated network-based management for SEA coastal zone (InMSEA) project. ‘Science, Technology and Action’ Nexus for Development (STAND)
PI; Microplastic Contamination in Malaysian Drinking Water – Does it Pose a Threat?; UEA GCRF QR; 5K AUD /UK

Awarded in 2020
PI; Reducing plastic waste in Sarawak by creating a recycling space; UEA GCRF QR; 5K AUD /UK

Awarded in 2019
coI; Sources, impacts and solutions for plastics in South East Asia coastal environments. NERC/NRF South East Asia Plastics (SEAP); 2.5M AUD /UK+Singapore
Meeting the SDGs: creating innovative infrastructures and policy solutions to support sustainable development in Global South communities (GS-DEV); GCRF Global Research Translation Awards; 2.4M AUD /UK
coI; Life after Oil Palm: is Agroforestry a Possible Solution?; Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 1, 240K AUD /Singapore
Awarded in 2018

coI; Life after Oil Palm: is Agroforestry a Possible Solution?; Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 1, 240K AUD /Singapore
coI; Digital earth observation-based solution to improve monitoring and management actions for coastal water quality; Australian Academy of Sciences, Regional Collaboration Programme; 535K AUD /Australia


Gold medal at INTEX2019 Expo for Shrimp Probiotics