Dr F.J.G. Mitchell
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 Botany Department. 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 conducted this research in forest stands in
Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Tasmania and USA. In 2000 he was a Charles
Bullard Fellow at Harvard University where he investigated stand dynamics
in the Pisgah Old Growth Forest in New Hampshire.
During the last ten years he has supervised thirteen postgraduate
students and five postdoctoral fellows. His research has been funded from
national and international sources and he is currently in receipt of research
grants from EC, Enterprise Ireland, Dúchas and Teagasc.