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Professor Fraser Mitchell

Professor (Botany)

Professor (Trinity Centre for the Environment)

Fraser Mitchell is currently the Professor in Quaternary Ecology at Trinity College Dublin. He was appointed to a lectureship in the Botany Department in TCD in 1990. From 1985-1990 he was conducting postdoctoral research as a Higher Scientific Officer in the Grazing Research Division of The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Edinburgh. He was a postgraduate in the Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin 1982-1985 and was awarded his PhD in 1987. He graduated with a BSc (hons) first class from University College Galway in 1982.
 Earth and Natural Sciences Doctoral Studies Programme
 Ecology of deep sea echinoids

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Coxon, P., Mitchell, F.J.G. and Wyse Jackson, P.N. , Wicklow in the Grip of an Ice Age. Second Edition, Second Edition, Dublin, Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA)., 2019, 1 - 62pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Frank Mitchell (1912-1997) in, editor(s)Dalton, C. & McGlynn, G. , Giants of the Irish Quaternary, Dublin, Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA), 2019, pp66 - 68, [Mitchell, F. J. G.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Peat Fires in Ireland in, editor(s)Stracher, G. B. , Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective, Volume 5: Case studies - Advances in field and laboratory reserach, Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2019, pp451 - 482, [Prat-Guitart, N., Nugent, C., Mullen, E., Mitchell, F. J. G., Hawthorne, D., Belcher, C. M. & Yearsley, J. M.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Hilda Marion Parkes (1916-1992) in, editor(s)Dalton, C. & McGlynn, G. , Giants of the Irish Quaternary, Dublin, Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA), 2019, pp69 - 70, [Mitchell, F. J. G.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Eileen Reilly (1970-2018) in, editor(s)Dalton, C. & McGlynn, G. , Giants of the Irish Quaternary, Dublin, Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA), 2019, pp112 - 115, [Mitchell, F. J. G., Stefanini, B. & McClatchie, M. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Flynn, L. E. & Mitchell, F. J. G. , Comparison of a recent elm decline with the mid-Holocene Elm Decline, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 28, (4), 2019, p391 - 398, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mitchell, F. J. G. & Maldonado-Ruiz, J. , Vegetation development in the Glendalough Valley, eastern Ireland over the last 15,000 years, Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy , 118B, 2018, p55 - 68, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hawthorne, D. & Mitchell, F. J. G. , Investigating patterns of wildfire in Ireland and their correlation with regional and global trends in fire history, Investigating patterns of wildfire in Ireland and their correlation with regional and global trends in fire history, 488, 2018, p58 - 66, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gallego-Sala, A. V., Charman, D. J., Brewer, S., Page, S. E., Prentice, I. C., Friedlingstein, P., Moreton, S., Amesbury, M. J., Beilman, D. W., Björck, S., Blyakharchuk, T., Bochicchio, C., Booth, R. K., Bunbury, J., Camill, P., Carless, D., Chimner, R. A., Clifford, M., Cressey, E., Courtney-Mustaphi, C., De Vleeschouwer, F., de Jong, R., Fialkiewicz-Koziel, B., Finkelstein, S. A., Garneau, M., Githumbi, E., Hribjlan, J., Holmquist, J., Hughes, P. D. M., Jones, C., Jones, M. C., Karofeld, E., Klein, E. S., Kokfelt, U., Korhola, A., Lacourse, T., Le Roux, G., Lamentowicz, M., Large, D., Lavoie, M., Loisel, J., Mackay, H., MacDonald, G. M., Makila, M., Magnan, G., Marchant, R., Marcisz, K., Martínez Cortizas, A., Massa, C., Mathijssen, P., Mauquoy, D., Mighall, T., Mitchell, F. J. G., Moss, P., Nichols, J., Oksanen, P. O., Orme, L., Packalen, M. S., Robinson, S., Roland, T. P., Sanderson, N. K., Sannel, A. B. K., Silva-Sánchez, N., Steinberg, N., Swindles, G. T., Turner, T. E., Uglow, J., Väliranta, M., van Bellen, S., van der Linden, M., van Geel, B., Wang, G., Yu, Z., Zaragoza-Castells, J. & Zhao, Y., Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming, Nature Climate Change, 8, 2018, p907 - 913, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stefanini, B.S., Oksanen, P.O., Corcoran, J.P. and Mitchell, F.J.G. , Appraising the cohesion of palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in north-west Spain since the mid-Holocene from a high temporal resolution multi-proxy peat record, The Holocene, 28, (5), 2018, p681 - 694, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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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, PUBLISHED
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
Mitchell, F.J.G., Tree migration into Ireland, Irish Association for Quaternary Studies Newsletter, 32, (2), 2004, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Leira, M., Cole, E., and Mitchell, F.J.G., History of a presently acidic lake in eastern Ireland (Kelly's Lough, Co. Wicklow) determined through analysis of the sedimentary record, Irish Quaternary Association Newsletter, 28, (6), 2002, Journal Article, 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., The role of Giant Irish Deer in the Allerød climatic decline, Irish Association for Quaternary Studies Newsletter, 24, 2000, p6 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Charles Bullard Fellow at Harvard University 2000
Fellow Trinity College Dublin (F.T.C.D) 2001
Fraser Mitchell is a palaeoecologist with research interest in long term environmental change as well as contemporary ecosystems. This has included investigating the impacts of human activity, grazing and climate on temperate forest succession and the drivers of contemporary forest biodiversity as well as investigation of long term climate impacts on peatland ecosystems. His research thus focuses on ecosystem function over immediate and long time scales. The results of this research feed into contemporary conservation management, restoration ecology and climate modelling. Principal funding sources have been EU and Irish government agencies. This has funded research throughout Ireland but also in UK, Spain, Poland, USA, Australia and Thailand.