Nicki Mitchell

Dr, BSc Tas., PhD Adel.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1775 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
1996 …2022
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Personal profile


A core theme of my research is the impact of climate change on sex determination and survival in reptiles, and the reproductive biology and ecology of terrestrial-breeding frog species. More recent research is applied and interdisciplinary - aiming to understand the capacity of threatened vertebrates to adapt to rapid environmental change, and using mechanistic models to inform initiatives such as assisted colonisation. 

Current lab members study numbats, freshwater turtles, sea turtles, skinks, geckos, small brown (but extremely interesting) frogs, and the spectacular bird and amphibian fauna of Malaysian cloud forests. I am not able to supervise new honours or masters projects until 2020, but a new PhD project is available. See


I grew up in Hobart, completing a BSc 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.

Teaching overview

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

Unit coordination:
ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology

BIOL2261 Conservation Biology

BIOL5502 Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities

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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Research Output 1996 2019

A full life cycle Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model for the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) fitted to data on embryonic development

Stubbs, J. L., Mitchell, N., Marn, N., Vanderklift, M., Pillans, R. & Augustine, S., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Sea Research. 143, p. 78-88

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

embryonic development
energy budget
life cycle

A genome-wide search for local adaptation in a terrestrial-breeding frog reveals vulnerability to climate change

Cummins, D., Kennington, W. J., Rudin-Bitterli, T. & Mitchell, N. J., 4 Jul 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Life in the slow lane? A dynamic energy budget model for the western swamp turtle, Pseudemydura umbrina

Arnall, S. G., Mitchell, N., Kuchling, G., Durell, B., Koojman, S. A. L. M. & Kearney, M., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Sea Research. 143, p. 89-99

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

energy budget
1 Citation (Scopus)

Systematic planning can rapidly close the protection gap in Australian mammal havens

Ringma, J., Legge, S., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Radford, J. Q., Wintle, B., Bentley, J., Burbidge, A. A., Copley, P., Dexter, N., Dickman, C. R., Gillespie, G. R., Hill, B., Johnson, C. N., Kanowski, J., Letnic, M., Manning, A., Menkhorst, P., Mitchell, N., Morris, K., Moseby, K. & 3 othersPage, M., Palmer, R. & Bode, M., 3 Jan 2019, In : Conservation Letters. 12, 1, 8 p., e12611.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
278 Downloads (Pure)
predation risk
endangered species


Data from: Heritable variation in heat shock gene expression: a potential mechanism for adaptation to thermal stress in embryos of sea turtles

Tedeschi, J. (Creator), Kennington, J. (Creator), Tomkins, J. (Creator), Berry, O. F. (Creator), Whiting, S. (Creator), Meekan, M. G. (Creator), Mitchell, N. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 7 Dec 2015


Projects 2005 2022

Press / Media

World Sea Turtle Day

Nicki Mitchell


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media