Nicki Mitchell

Dr, BSc Tas., PhD Adel.

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 1100 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
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Personal profile


I grew up in Hobart, completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania in 1996, and a PhD in ecophysiology at The University of Adelaide in 2001. For the next couple of years I was a research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) 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 here as a teaching and research academic in 2009.


A consistent theme in my research is to determine the impact of the thermal environment on sex determination and survival in reptiles, and studying the reproductive biology of unusual frog species, from their egg physiology to sexual selection. My more recent research is more applied - aiming to understand the capacity of vertebrates to adapt to rapid climate change, and using models to inform preemptive management, such as assisted migration. I now describe myself as a conservation physiologist.

Current lab members work on sea turtles, freshwater turtles, skinks, geckos, dragons, small brown (but extremely interesting) frogs, the spectacular birds of Malaysian cloud forests, and more recently, animals with fur.

Teaching overview

I am the co-coordinator of the Conservation Biology specialisation of UWA's BSc and MSc, with Pieter Poot.

Unit coordination:
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (with Tim Langlois)
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology (with Pieter Poot)

I teach into the following units:
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management
ANIM5501 Evolution and Development
ENVT5513 Decision Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation

External positions

Member, Threatened Species Scientific Committee, Department of the Environment and Energy

2015 → …


  • Ecophysiology
  • Reproductive biology of vertebrates
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Climate change
  • Conservation biology
  • Assisted colonisation
  • Temperature-dependent sex determination
  • Population viability assessment
  • Marine turtles
  • Adaptation

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Projects 2005 2020

Research Output 2001 2018

predation risk
endangered species
resource use
endangered species
1 Citations

Benefits and challenges of incorporating citizen science into university education

Mitchell, N., Triska, M., Liberatore, A., Ashcroft, L., Weatherill, R. & Longnecker, N. 1 Nov 2017 In : PLoS ONE. 12, 11, e0186285

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
college students
91 Citations

Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being

Pecl, G. T. , Araujo, M. B. , Bell, J. D. , Blanchard, J. , Bonebrake, T. C. , Chen, I-C. , Clark, T. D. , Colwell, R. K. , Danielsen, F. , Evengard, B. , Falconi, L. , Ferrier, S. , Frusher, S. , Garcia, R. A. , Griffis, R. B. , Hobday, A. J. , Janion-Scheepers, C. , Jarzyna, M. A. , Jennings, S. , Lenoir, J. & 21 others Linnetved, H. I., Martin, V. Y., McCormack, P. C., McDonald, J., Mitchell, N. J., Mustonen, T., Pandolfi, J. M., Pettorelli, N., Popova, E., Robinson, S. A., Scheffers, B. R., Shaw, J. D., Sorte, C. J. B., Strugnell, J. M., Sunday, J. M., Tuanmu, M-N., Verges, A., Villanueva, C., Wernberg, T., Wapstra, E. & Williams, S. E. 31 Mar 2017 In : Science. 355, 6332, 10 p., 9214

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Climate Change
Carbon Sequestration

Evolutionary and natural history of the turtle frog, Myobatrachus gouldii, a bizarre myobatrachid frog in the southwestern Australian biodiversity hotspot

Vertucci, S., Pepper, M., Edwards, D. L., Roberts, J. D., Mitchell, N. & Keogh, J. S. 15 Mar 2017 In : PLoS ONE. 12, 3, e0173348

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Natural History
Mitochondrial DNA
natural history