Network Member Profiles
Fraser Mitchell, Trinity College, Dublin.
Current position: Associate Professor of Quaternary Ecology and Head of Botany Department. My 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, large herbivore grazing and biodiversity in woodlands are actively researched in this respect. I have worked on research sites throughout Ireland but also in UK, Spain, Poland, USA and Australia. In 2000 I was a Charles Bullard Fellow at Harvard University where I investigated the impact of disturbance regimes on the stand dynamics of the Pisgah Old Growth Forest in New Hampshire.
Biodiversity - ecology - environmental impact - forest ecosystems - forest history - forest succession - palaeoclimate - palaeoecology.
My research has involved collaboration with eight national and thirty-one international institutions.
Roche, J.R., Mitchell, F.J.G. and Waldren, S. (2009) Plant community ecology of Pinus sylvestris, an extirpated species reintroduced to Ireland, Biodiversity and Conservation, 18, 2185-2203.
Leira, M., Cole, E.E. and Mitchell, F.J.G. (2007) Peat erosion and atmospheric deposition impacts on an oligotrophic lake in eastern Ireland, Journal of Paleolimnology, 38, 49-71.
Haslett, J., Salter-Townshend M., Wilson, S.P., Bhattacharya, S., Whiley, M., Allen, J. R. M., Huntley, B. and Mitchell, F.J.G. (2006) Bayesian palaeoclimate reconstruction, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 169A, 395-483.
Mitchell, F.J.G. (2006) Where did Ireland’s trees come from? Biology and the Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 106B, 251-259.
Mitchell, F.J.G. (2005) How open were European primeval forests? Hypothesis testing using palaeoecological data, Journal of Ecology, 93, 168-177.
Cole, E.E. and Mitchell, F.J.G. (2003) Human impact on the Irish landscape during the late Holocene inferred from palynological studies at three peatland sites, The Holocene, 13, 507-515.