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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: G502, Building G
Email: mmueller@swinburne.edu.my
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Upon graduation [PhD (Biogeochemistry) at the UK 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. The focus of our current research projects lies on tropical peat-draining rivers in Sarawak, Borneo; in particular the production, transport and burial of organic material from the rivers to the coast. We apply multidisciplinary techniques (i.e. field observations, laboratory experiments; analysis of trace gases (CO2, CH4), their stable C isotopes and radiocarbon content (14C-AMS), as well as high-throughput sequencing of microbial diversity) in collaboration with colleagues from China, Singapore, UK, Germany, and Australia. Collaboration with international colleagues is of great importance to us and has allowed us to publish in Nature Communications, as well as other A* category and leading journals in the respective fields such as Global Change Biology, Biogeosciences, and Geobiology.

Research Interests

  • Coastal and Estuarine Biogeochemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • GHGs

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Malaysian Nature Society
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), USA
  • 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.

Current RHD Supervision

NameDegreeArea of ResearchStart yearRole
Ang Chung HuapPhDMicrobial Ecology in corals2014Coordinating Supervisor
Nastassia DenisPhDMicrobial Ecology in peat2014Coordinating Supervisor
Edwin SiaPhDMicrobial Ecology and primary production in peat2016Coordinating Supervisor
Changi WongPhDEcology of Nepenthes2016Coordinating Supervisor
Jessica SongPhDMicrobial Ecology of microplastics2016Coordinating Supervisor
Faddrine Holt PhDMicroplastics and trace metals2016Coordinating Supervisor
Sim Chun HockPhDMicrobial Ecology and GHGs in peat2016Coordinating Supervisor
Revadi ThyartanMScGeochemistry of coral cores2016Coordinating Supervisor
Fiona ChungMScEndophytic fungi2016Coordinating Supervisor
Natalia anak UyubMSc (UNIMAS)Microbial Ecology2016Joint supervisor
Fakharuddin MuhamadMSc (UNIMAS)Geohydrology2016Joint supervisor
  • Publications


  • Journal paper Jędrzej M. Majewski, Adam D. Switzer, Peter R. Parham, Jeremy Pile, Benjamin P. Horton, Aron J. Meltzner, Wang Xianfeng, Chiang Hong Wei, Chiew Tyiin Ng, Moritz Müller, and Aazani Mujahid ‘Relative sea level proxy records from fossil coral microatolls in Western Borneo, South China Sea: Sea-level stability around 7 ka and possible Holocene faulting’ The Holocene (2018; in press)
  • Journal paper Jessica Song, Sen-Lin Tang, Elena Ivanova, Aazani Mujahid, and Moritz Müller (2017) ‘Shotgun metagenomic analysis of microbial communities in the surface waters of the Eastern South China Sea’ Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, Vol 13(4), pp. 350- 362.
  • Journal paper MohdShahrulMohdNadzir,MatthewAshfold,MhdFirozKhan,AndrewD.Robinson, Conor Bolas, Mohd Talib Latif, Ben M. Wallis, Mohammed Iqbal Mead, Haris Hasrizal, Neil R. P. Harris, ZamZam Tuah, Goh Thian Lai, Juneng Liew, Fatimah Ahamad, Royston Uning, Azizan Abu Samah, , Khairul Nizam Maulud, Wayan Supatera, Sabirin Abdullah Muhammad Ikhram Abd. Wahab, Mazrurar Sahani, Moritz Müller, Aazani Mujahid and Nicholas Dal Sasso (2017) ‘The temporal and spatial distribution of surface ozone in the marine boundary layer of Ushuaia, Drake Passage and Peninsular Antarctic’ Environmental Science and Pollution Research, pp. 1-17.
  • Journal paper Shirley Bong Wuan Lii, Jameel R. Al-Obaidi, Norasfaliza Rahmad, Aazani Mujahid, and Moritz Müller (2017) ‘Polyurethane Degradation using Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Nepenthes ampullaria in Sarawak’ Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, Vol 13(3), pp. 172-179.
  • Journal paper Edwin Sia, Joanne Yeo, Julie Wong, Jenny Choo, Changi Wong, Aazani Mujahid, and Moritz Müller (2017) ‘Screening of Endophytic Fungi for Biofuel Feedstock Production using Palm Oil Mill Effluent as a Carbon Source’ Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, Vol 13(3), pp. 203-209.
  • Journal paper Wijedasa et al.‘ (2017) Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences’ Global Change Biology DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13516
  • Journal paper Thomas Höhener, Ang Chung Huap, and Moritz Müller (2016) ‘Role of bacterial communities in coral’s defence against a causative agent of coral bleaching: Vibrio coralliilyticus’ Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, Vol 12(4) 2016, pp. 279-283.
  • Journal paper May Ling Onn, Po Teen Lim, Aazani Mujahid, Peter Proksch, and Moritz Müller (2016) ‘Initial screening of mangrove endophytic fungi for antimicrobial compounds and heavy metal biosorption potential’ Sains Malaysiana 45(7):1063-1071.
  • Journal paper Felicity W.I. Kuek, Ngu Lin Hui, Lim Li Fang, Aazani Mujahid, Lim Po Teen, Leaw Chui Pin, and Moritz Müller (2016) ‘Diversity and DMS(P)-related genes in culturable bacterial communities in Malaysian coastal waters’ Sains Malaysiana 45(6): 915-931.
  • Journal paper Denise Müller, Hermann W. Bange, Thorsten Warneke, Tim Rixen, Moritz Müller, Aazani Mujahid, and Justus Notholt (2016) ‘Nitrous oxide and methane in two tropical estuaries in a peat-dominated region of North-western Borneo’ Biogeosciences, 13:2415-2428.
  • Journal paper Denise Müller, Thorsten Warneke, Tim Rixen, Moritz Müller, Aazani Mujahid, Hermann Bange, and Justus Notholt (2016) ‘Fate of terrestrial organic carbon and associated CO2 and CO emissions from two Southeast Asian estuaries’ Biogeosciences 13:691–705.
  • Journal paper Francisca Wit, Denise Müller, Antje Baum, Thorsten Warneke, Widodo S. Pranowo, Moritz Müller, and Tim Rixen (2015) ‘The impact of disturbed peatlands on river outgassing in Southeast Asia’ Nature Communications 6:10155. DOI:10.1038/NCOMMS10155
  • Journal paper Changi Wong, Peter Proksch, Lee Tung Daniel, Samuel Lihan, Aazani Mujahid, and Moritz Müller (2015) ‘Isolation, identification and screening of antimicrobial properties of the marine- derived endophytic fungi from marine brown seaweed’ Microbiology Indonesia 9(4):141-149.
  • Journal paper Denise Müller, Thorsten Warneke, Tim Rixen, Moritz Müller, Suliman Jamahari, Nastassia Denis, Aazani Mujahid, and Justus Notholt (2015) ‘Lateral carbon fluxes and CO2 outgassing from a tropical peat-draining river’ Biogeosciences 12:5967-5979.
  • Journal paper Felicity W.I. Kuek, Ngu Lin Hui, Lim Li Fang, Aazani Mujahid, Lim Po Teen, Leaw Chui Pin, and Moritz Müller (2015) ‘The potential roles of bacterial communities in coral defence: a case study at Talang- talang reef’ Ocean Science Journal, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 269-282.
  • Journal paper Jenny Choo, Nur Aini Annie, Aazani Mujahid, and Moritz Müller (2015) ‘Heavy metal resistant endophytic fungi isolated from Nypa fruticans in Kuching Wetland National Park’ Ocean Science Journal, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 445-453.
  • Journal paper M. Müller, R.A. Mills, R.B. Pearce, J. A. Milton , P.J. Statham, J. Lloyd, A. Mujahid, and G. Denuault (2014) ‘An Electrochemical Study of the Influence of Marinobacter aquaeolei on the Alteration of Hydrothermal Chalcopyrite (CuFeS2) and Pyrite (FeS2) under Circumneutral Conditions’ Geomicrobiology Journal 31(5):373-382.
  • Journal paper M. Müller, K.M. Handley, J. Lloyd, R.D. Pancost and R.A. Mills (2010) ‘Biogeochemical controls on microbial diversity in seafloor sulphidic sediments’ Geobiology 8:309–326.