Nicki Mitchell

BSc (hons) Tas., PhD Adel., Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

I grew up in Hobart, completing a BSc with Honours in Zoology at the University of Tasmania in 1996, and a PhD in Environmental Physiology at The University of Adelaide in 2001. For the next couple of years I was a research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, funded by The Royal Society of London, and afterwards spent periods at Colorado State University, the Australian National University and La Trobe University before moving to UWA in 2005 on an ARC postdoctoral fellowship. I started working at UWA as a teaching and research academic in 2009.

Research

My research is interdisciplinary and has a strong grounding in physiological ecology. My current focus - and that of my research group - is to understand the capacity of threatened vertebrates to adapt to rapid environmental change, and to develop mechanistic models and decision tools that can inform conservation initiatives such as assisted colonisation. I also have long-term research programs on the impact of climate change on sex determination and survival in reptiles (especially sea turtles), and on the biology and conservation of terrestrial-breeding frog species, and how such species will respond to drying climates. 

My graduate students and postdocs study freshwater turtles, sea turtles, skinks, geckos, small brown (but interesting) frogs, and a range of threatened marsupials. I bother turtle frogs in my spare time.

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Current projects

Below are the research topics of the current members of my lab

Postdoc

Sean Buckley: Mixing mammals in conservation translocations

PhD

Sian ThornThe population and spatial ecology of the numbat in the Upper Warren, Western Australia

Malindi GammonPredicting the vulnerability of flatback turtle rookeries in the North West Shelf to a changing climate

Bethany NordstromAssisted colonisation of the Western Swamp Turtle: the role of energy requirements in translocation decisions

Kate RickUnderstanding patterns of phenotypic and genetic divergence in island mammals to improve conservation outcomes

Natasha Harrison: Quantifying the loss of antipredator traits in havened mammal populations and their relationship with population density and resource competition

Jarrod SopniewskiProtecting the future of frogs: developing methods to safeguard Australian frog diversity

Anna Ortega: Exploration of management interventions to prevent the extirpation of the Eastern Pacific leatherback population

MSc

Nick Rodriguez: Mesopredator release caused by predator-exclusion fencing increases nest predation in the Critically Endangered western swamp turtle

M Biol Sci

Simon Lin: Genetic structure and options for ex-situ management for bushfire-affected frogs in eastern Australia

Hazel Miller: Measuring anti-predator traits in quenda and woylie with cage-trap accelerometers

Catie Cornish: Detection of a cryptic, freshwater reptile using eDNA technologies

Teaching overview

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Co-Chair School of Biological Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee

Course Coordinator Masters of Biological Sciences

Course coordinator (with Dr Jason Kennington) of the Wildlife Conservation extended major and the Combined Bachelor and Master in Wildlife Conservation
Major coordinator (with Dr Pieter Poot) for Conservation Biology

Unit coordinator

BIOL2261 Conservation Biology

ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology

BIOL5502 Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities

Lecturer

ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity

BIOL5504 Sex in the Sea

Contributor

ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management

SCOM5309 Citizen Science

ENVT5513 Decision Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation

External positions

Member, Threatened Species Scientific Committee, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

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Research expertise keywords

  • Ecophysiology
  • Reproductive biology
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Climate change
  • Conservation biology
  • Assisted colonisation
  • Temperature-dependent sex determination
  • Population viability analysis
  • Marine turtles
  • Adaptation
  • Translocation
  • Threatened Species
  • Temperature
  • Desiccation

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  • A global reptile assessment highlights shared conservation needs of tetrapods

    Cox, N., Young, B. E., Bowles, P., Fernandez, M., Marin, J., Rapacciuolo, G., Böhm, M., Brooks, T. M., Hedges, S. B., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Jenkins, R. K. B., Tognelli, M. F., Alexander, G. J., Allison, A., Ananjeva, N. B., Auliya, M., Avila, L. J., Chapple, D. G., Cisneros-Heredia, D. F. & 32 others, Cogger, H. G., Colli, G. R., de Silva, A., Eisemberg, C. C., Els, J., Fong G, A., Grant, T. D., Hitchmough, R. A., Iskandar, D. T., Kidera, N., Martins, M., Meiri, S., Mitchell, N. J., Molur, S., Nogueira, C. D. C., Ortiz, J. C., Penner, J., Rhodin, A. G. J., Rivas, G. A., Rödel, M-O., Roll, U., Sanders, K. L., Santos-Barrera, G., Shea, G. M., Spawls, S., Stuart, B. L., Tolley, K. A., Trape, J-F., Vidal, M. A., Wagner, P., Wallace, B. P. & Xie, Y., 27 Apr 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Nature.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • The conservation impacts of ecological disturbance: Time-bound estimates of population loss and recovery for fauna affected by the 2019–2020 Australian megafires

    Legge, S., Rumpff, L., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Whiterod, N. S., Ward, M., Southwell, D. G., Scheele, B. C., Nimmo, D. G., Lintermans, M., Geyle, H. M., Garnett, S. T., Hayward-Brown, B., Ensbey, M., Ehmke, G., Ahyong, S. T., Blackmore, C. J., Bower, D. S., Brizuela-Torres, D., Burbidge, A. H., Burns, P. A. & 42 others, Butler, G., Catullo, R., Chapple, D. G., Dickman, C. R., Doyle, K. E., Ferris, J., Fisher, D., Gallagher, R., Gillespie, G. R., Greenlees, M. J., Hohnen, R., Hoskin, C. J., Hunter, D., Jolly, C., Kennard, M., King, A., Kuchinke, D., Law, B., Lawler, I., Lawler, S., Loyn, R., Lunney, D., Lyon, J., MacHunter, J., Mahony, M., Mahony, S., McCormack, R. B., Melville, J., Menkhorst, P., Michael, D., Mitchell, N., Mulder, E., Newell, D., Pearce, L., Raadik, T. A., Rowley, J. J. L., Sitters, H., Spencer, R., Valavi, R., West, M., Wilkinson, D. P. & Zukowski, S., 1 Mar 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Global Ecology and Biogeography.

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    Open Access
    1 Citation (Web of Science)
  • Breeding phenology of a terrestrial-breeding frog is associated with soil water potential: Implications for conservation in a changing climate

    Hoffmann, E. P. & Mitchell, N. J., 23 Oct 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Austral Ecology.

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  • Conservation status of the world's skinks (Scincidae): Taxonomic and geographic patterns in extinction risk

    Chapple, D. G., Roll, U., Böhm, M., Aguilar, R., Amey, A. P., Austin, C. C., Baling, M., Barley, A. J., Bates, M. F., Bauer, A. M., Blackburn, D. G., Bowles, P., Brown, R. M., Chandramouli, S. R., Chirio, L., Cogger, H., Colli, G. R., Conradie, W., Couper, P. J., Cowan, M. A. & 77 others, Craig, M. D., Das, I., Datta-Roy, A., Dickman, C. R., Ellis, R. J., Fenner, A. L., Ford, S., Ganesh, S. R., Gardner, M. G., Geissler, P., Gillespie, G. R., Glaw, F., Greenlees, M. J., Griffith, O. W., Grismer, L. L., Haines, M. L., Harris, D. J., Hedges, S. B., Hitchmough, R. A., Hoskin, C. J., Hutchinson, M. N., Ineich, I., Janssen, J., Johnston, G. R., Karin, B. R., Keogh, J. S., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Lymberakis, P., Masroor, R., McDonald, P. J., Mecke, S., Melville, J., Melzer, S., Michael, D. R., Miralles, A., Mitchell, N. J., Nelson, N. J., Nguyen, T. Q., de Campos Nogueira, C., Ota, H., Pafilis, P., Pauwels, O. S. G., Perera, A., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Reed, R. N., Ribeiro-Júnior, M. A., Riley, J. L., Rocha, S., Rutherford, P. L., Sadlier, R. A., Shacham, B., Shea, G. M., Shine, R., Slavenko, A., Stow, A., Sumner, J., Tallowin, O. J. S., Teale, R., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J. F., Uetz, P., Ukuwela, K. D. B., Valentine, L., Van Dyke, J. U., van Winkel, D., Vasconcelos, R., Vences, M., Wagner, P., Wapstra, E., While, G. M., Whiting, M. J., Whittington, C. M., Wilson, S., Ziegler, T., Tingley, R. & Meiri, S., May 2021, In: Biological Conservation. 257, 109101.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    6 Citations (Web of Science)
  • Correction to: Drying microclimates threaten persistence of natural and translocated populations of threatened frogs (October, 10.1007/s10531-020-02064-9, 2020)

    Hoffmann, E. P., Williams, K., Hipsey, M. R. & Mitchell, N. J., Jan 2021, In: Biodiversity and Conservation. 30, 1, p. 35-36 2 p.

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    Open Access