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Professor Fraser Mitchell

Professor (Botany)

Head of School of Natural Sciences (School Office - Natural Sciences)

Head of School of Natural Sciences (Trinity Centre for the Environment)

2008: Associate Professor of Quaternary Ecology, Trinity College Dublin 2000: Promoted to Senior Lecturer in Quaternary Ecology in the Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin. 1990: Appointed as a College Lecturer in Quaternary Ecology in the Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin. 1985-1990: Postdoctoral Research: Higher Scientific Officer in the Grazing Research Division of The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Edinburgh. 1982-1985: Postgraduate research in the Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin. 1982: BSc (hons) first class University College Galway.
 Earth and Natural Sciences Doctoral Studies Programme
 Ecology of deep sea echinoids

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Hawthorne, D. & Mitchell, F. J. G. , Identifying past fire regimes throughout the Holocene in Ireland using new and established methods of charcoal analysis, Quaternary Science Reviews , 137, 2016, p45 - 53, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stevenson, A. and Mitchell, F.J.G. , Evidence of nutrient partitioning in coexisting deep-sea echinoids, and seasonal dietary shifts in seasonal breeders: Perspectives from stable isotope analyses, Progress in Oceanography, 141, 2016, p44 - 59, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McGeever, A. H. & Mitchell, F. J. G. , Pine stumps in Irish peats: is their occurrence a valid proxy climate indicator?, Journal of Quaternary Science , 30, 2015, p489 - 496, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Baeten, L., Craven, D., De Frenne, P., Hédl, R., Lenoir, J., Bert, D., Brunet, J., Chudomelová, M., Decocq, G., Dierschke, H., Dirnböck, T., Dörfler, I., Heinken, T., Hermy, M., Hommel, P., Jaroszewicz, B., Keczyński, A., Kelly, D. L., Kirby, K. J., Kopecký, M., Macek, M., Máli , F., Mirtl, M., Mitchell, F. J. G., Naaf, T., Newman, M., Peterken, G., Petřík, P., Schmidt, W., Standovár, T., Tóth, Z., Calster, H. V., Verstraeten, G., Vladovič, J., Vild, O., Wulf, M. & Verheyen, K. , Drivers of temporal changes in temperate forest plant diversity vary across spatial scales, Global Change Biology , 21, 2015, p3726 - 3737, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Roche, J.R., Mitchell, F.J.G., Waldren, S. and Bjørndalen, J.E. , Are Ireland's reintroduced Pinus sylvestris forests floristically analogous to their native counterparts in oceanic north-west Europe? , Biology & Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 115B, 2015, p97 - 114, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Reilly, E., Mitchell, F.J.G., Establishing chronologies for woodland small hollow and mor humus deposits using tephrochronology and radiocarbon dating, The Holocene , 25, (2), 2015, p241 - 252, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
OCarroll, E. and Mitchell, F.J.G. , Seeing the woods for the trees: the history of woodlands and wood use revealed from archaeological excavations in the Irish Midlands, Irish Forestry, 72, 2015, p205 - 226, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Trondman, A.-K., Gaillard, M.-J., Mazier, F., Sugita, S., Fyfe, R., Nielsen, A. B., Twiddle, C., Barratt, P., Birks, H. J. B., Bjune, A. E., Björkman, L., Broström, A., Caseldine, C., David, R., Dodson, J., Dörfler, W., Fischer, E., van Geel, B., Giesecke, T., Hultberg, T., Kalnina, L., Kangur, M., van der Knaap, P., Koff, T., Kune , P., Lagerås, P., Latałowa, M., Lechterbeck, J., Leroyer, C., Leydet, M., Lindbladh, M., Marquer, L., Mitchell, F. J. G., Odgaard, B. V., Peglar, S. M., Persson, T., Poska, A., Rösch, M., Seppä, H., Veski, S. and Wick, L., Pollen-based quantitative reconstructions of Holocene regional vegetation cover (plant-functional types and land-cover types) in Europe suitable for climate modelling, Global Change Biology, 21, 2015, p676 - 697, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Stevenson A., Mitchell F., Davies J., Predation has no competition: Factors influencing space and resource use by echinoids in deep-sea coral habitats, as evidenced by continuous video transects, Marine Ecology, 36, (4), 2015, p1454 - 1467, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Newman, M., Mitchell, F. J. G., Kelly, D. L., Exclusion of large herbivores: Long-term changes within the plant community, Forest Ecology and Management, 321, 2014, p136 - 144, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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O'Halloran, J, Irwin, S, Kelly, DL, Kelly, TC, Mitchell, FJG, Coote, L, Oxbrough, A, Wilson, MW, Martin, RD, Moore, K, Sweeney, O, Dietzsch, AC, Walsh, A, Keady, S, French, V, Fox, H, Kopke, K, Butler, F, Neville, P, Management of biodiversity in a range of Irish forest types, Dublin, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 2011, 391, Report, SUBMITTED
Roche, J.R., Mitchell, F.J.G. and Waldren, S., Holocene dynamics of Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) in Ireland and palaeoecological evidence for its continued survival in the Burren through the late Holocene , Irish Quaternary Association Newsletter, 45, 2010, p4 - 5, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Wride M.A., Jones M., Marples M.M., Mitchell F, The light of life: can you believe your eyes?, Lightwave: ready to be illuminated?, Science Gallery, TCD, Feb 5, 2008, Science Gallery, TCD, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mitchell, F.J.G., Oksanen, P.O. and Stefanini, B., Comparison of proxy methods of reconstructing mire water tables from plant macrofossils, Quaternary International, 167-168, 2007, p284 - 285, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Oksanen, P.O., Stefanini, B., Mitchell, F.J.G., Blundell, A. and Charman, D., Multi-proxy high resolution record from Ballyduff Bog, Ireland, reflecting hydrological and climate during the last 4700 years, Irish Association for Quaternary Studies Newsletter, 37, 2006, p6 - 6, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mitchell, F.J.G., A history of native woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920, Review of A history of native woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920, by Smout, T.C., MacDonald, A.R., Watson, F. , The Holocene, 16, (5), 2006, p781 , Review, PUBLISHED
Wilson, M.W., Gittings, T., O'Halloran, J., Smith, G. F., Oxbrough, A., O'Donoghue, S., French, L., Giller, P.S., Iremonger, S., Pithon, J., Kelly, D.L., Mitchell, F.J.G., Kelly, T.C., Dowding, P., O'Sullivan, A., Neville, P., McKee, A.-M. and Coote, L., Forest biodiversity in Ireland and a case study of the Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus): BIOFOREST Project, Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development, Tullamore, Ireland, 20-21 September 2004, COFORD, 2004, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Mitchell, F.J.G., Is the natural vegetation cover of lowland Europe really parkland rather than closed forest?, Review of Grazing Ecology and Forest History, by Vera, F.W.M. , Journal of Biogeography, 28, 2001, Notes: [CABI Publishing, Wallingford], Review, PUBLISHED
Mitchell, F.J.G., Variety From Historical Diversity?, Review of Woodland in the landscape: past and future perspectives, by Atherden, M.A. & Butlin, R.A. , Global Ecology and Biogeography, 9, (181), 2000, Notes: [Leeds University Press, Leeds], Review, PUBLISHED
Dowling, L., Vaughan, A., Mitchell, F.J.G., and Coxon, P., Report to Gypsum Industries Ltd on the investigation of organic-rich deposits at Knocknacran open cast gypsum mine, Co. Monaghan, Trinity College Dublin, 1998, Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Charles Bullard Fellow at Harvard University 2000
Fellow Trinity College Dublin (F.T.C.D) 2001
Dr Fraser Mitchell joined the Botany department in 1990. He is a member of both the Palaeoecology and Woodland Ecology research groups. His primary research activity is the investigation of long-term vegetation change. This encompasses palaeoecological research (primarily pollen analysis) to reconstruct the change coupled with research into contemporary ecosystems to gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms of vegetation change. Climate change and large herbivore grazing in woodland are actively researched in this respect. He currently collaborates on research projects with Drs. Daniel Kelly, Paul Dowding and Trevor Hodkinson within the Botany Department and with researchers in UCC, Coillte and Teagasc. In 2000 Dr Mitchell was a Charles Bullard Fellow at Harvard University where he investigated the impact of disturbance regimes on the stand dynamics of the Pisgah Old Growth Forest in New Hampshire.