Fraser Mitchell


Dr. Fraser Mitchell  Senior Lecturer

School of Natural Sciences, Botany Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

353 (0)1 8961811




Fraser Mitchell investigated the dynamics of the Killarney woodlands for his PhD at Trinity College Dublin. He then spent five years working as a Higher Scientific Officer in the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen investigating vegetation dynamics in relation to grazing regimes. In 1990 he returned to Trinity College Dublin where he is now a senior lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences . His principal research interest lies in long term vegetation dynamics in temperate forests. He employs both classical ecological, and fine spatial resolution pollen analysis, techniques to reconstruct forest dynamics which can then be related to climate, human, and grazing impacts. He has also completed research contracts on reconstructing the natural variability in climates in Ireland and Spain over the last 5,000 years. Over recent years he has received research contracts from the EU, EPA, COFORD, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Harvard University . He has supervised sixteen postgraduate students and thirteen postdoctoral fellows and has authored 50 peer reviewed publications.


Recent Publications:

  • 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, (in press)
  • 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.
  • 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  A169, 395-483.
  • Perrin, P.M., Kelly, D.L., and Mitchell, F.J.G. (2006) Long-term deer exclusion in yew-wood and oakwood habitats in southwest Ireland : natural regeneration and stand dynamics. ForestEcology and Management, 236, 356-367.
  • Mitchell, F.J.G. (2005) How open were European primeval forests? Hypothesis testing using palaeoecological data. Journal of Ecology, 93, 168-177


Planning and Management Tools for Biodiversity in a Range of Irish Forests

PLANFORBIO Research Programme, Dept. of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science, University College Cork, Distillery Fields,North Mall, Cork, Ireland