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Professor Fraser Mitchell

Professor (Botany)

Professor (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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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
Mitchell, F. J. G., Reprint of "Long-term changes and drivers of biodiversity in Atlantic oakwoods", Forest Ecology and Management, 321, 2014, p130 - 135, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Irwin, S., Pedley, S., Coote, L., Dietzsch, A., Wilson, M., Oxbrough, A., Sweeney, O., Moore, K., Martin, R., Kelly, D., Mitchell, F. J. G., Kelly, T. & O'Halloran, J., The value of plantation forests for plant, invertebrate and bird diversity and the potential for cross-taxon surrogacy, Biodiversity and Conservation, 23, (3), 2014, p697 - 714, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Seeing the woods for the trees: unravelling woodland resource usage in the Irish midlands over the last five millennia in, editor(s)Kelly, B. Roycroft, N. Stanley, M. , Futures and Pasts: archaeological science on Irish road schemes, Dublin, National Roads Authority, 2013, pp111 - 120, [OCarroll, E. and Mitchell, F.J.G. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The arrival of the first forests in, editor(s)Jebb, M. & Crowley, C. , Secrets of the Irish landscape, Cork, Cork University Press, 2013, pp57 - 65, [Mitchell, F.J.G.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Charman, D. J., Beilman, D. W., Blaauw, M., Booth, R. K., Brewer, S., Chambers, F. M., Christen, J. A., Gallego-Sala, A., Harrison, S. P., Hughes, P. D. M., Jackson, S. T., Korhola, A., Mauquoy, D., Mitchell, F. J. G., Prentice, I. C., van der Linden, M., De Vleeschouwer, F., Yu, Z. C., Alm, J., Bauer, I. E., Corish, Y. M. C., Garneau, M., Hohl, V., Huang, Y., Karofeld, E., Le Roux, G., Loisel, J., Moschen, R., Nichols, J. E., Nieminen, T. M., MacDonald, G. M., Phadtare, N. R., Rausch, N., Sillasoo, Ü., Swindles, G. T., Tuittila, E. S., Ukonmaanaho, L., Väliranta, M., van Bellen, S., van Geel, B., Vitt, D. H. & Zhao, Y. , Climate-related changes in peatland carbon accumulation during the last millennium, Biogeosciences , 10, 2013, p929 - 944, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mitchell, F.J.G., Long-term changes and drivers of biodiversity in Atlantic oakwoods, Forest Ecology and Management, 307, 2013, p1 - 6, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Coote, L., Dietzsch, A.C., Wilson, M.W., Graham, C.T., Fuller, L., Walsh, A.T., Irwin, S., Kelly, D.L., Mitchell, F.J.G., Kelly, T.C., O'Halloran, J. , Testing indicators of biodiversity for plantation forests, Ecological Indicators, 32, 2013, p107 - 115, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Swindles, G. T., Lawson, I. T., Matthews, I. P., Blaauw, M., Daley, T. J., Charman, D. J., Roland, T. P., Plunkett, G., Schettler, G., Gearey, B. R., Turner, T. E., Rea, H. A., Roe, H. M., Amesbury, M. J., Chambers, F. M., Holmes, J., Mitchell, F. J. G., Blackford, J., Blundell, A., Branch, N., Holmes, J., Langdon, P., McCarroll, J., McDermott, F., Oksanen, P. O., Pritchard, O., Stastney, P., Stefanini, B., Young, D., Wheeler, J., Becker, K. & Armit, I. , Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene, Earth-Science Reviews , 126, 2013, p300 - 320, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
De Frenne, P., Rodríguez-Sánchez, F., Coomes, D.A., Baeten, L., Verstraeten, G., Vellend M., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., D. Brown, C.D., Brunet, J., Cornelis, J., Decocq, G., Dierschke, H, Eriksson, O., Gilliam, F.S., Hédl, R., Heinken, T., Hermy, M., Hommel, P., Jenkins, M.A., Kelly, D.L., Kirby, K.J., Mitchell, F.J.G., Naaf, T., Newman, M., Peterken, G., Petøík, P., Schulz, J., Sonnier, G., Van Calster, H., Waller, D., Walther, G-R., White, P.S.,Woods, K., Wulf, M., Graae, B.J. & Verheyen, K. , Forest canopy closure buffers plant community responses to global warming, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 2013, p18561 - 18565, 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, 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.