Nicki Mitchell

Dr, BSc Tas., PhD Adel.

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 1453 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
1996 …2022
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research

A consistent 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.

Biography

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, with Pieter Poot.

Unit coordination:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology (with Pieter Poot)

BIOL5502 Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities (with Pieter Poot)

ANIM3353 Field Studies in Zoology (with Jason Kennington)


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 → …

Keywords

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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 6 Similar Profiles
frogs Agriculture & Biology
turtle Earth & Environmental Sciences
frog Earth & Environmental Sciences
embryo (animal) Agriculture & Biology
Turtles Medicine & Life Sciences
Anura Medicine & Life Sciences
Embryonic Structures Medicine & Life Sciences
sex determination Earth & Environmental Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2005 2022

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

2 Citations

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 journalReview article

energy budget
turtle
swamp
estivation
food

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. e12611.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
mammal
planning
predator
mammals
predators
File
hydroperiod
predation risk
endangered species
turtle
swamp
4 Citations

Degrees of population-level susceptibility of Australian terrestrial non-volant mammal species to predation by the introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and feral cat (Felis catus)

Radford, J. Q., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Legge, S., Baseler, M., Bentley, J., Burbidge, A. A., Bode, M., Copley, P., Dexter, N., Dickman, C. R., Gillespie, G., Hill, B., Johnson, C. N., Kanowski, J., Latch, P., Letnic, M., Manning, A., Menkhorst, P., Mitchell, N., Morris, K. & 3 othersMoseby, K., Page, M. & Ringma, J., 21 Nov 2018, In : Wildlife Research. 45, 7, p. 645-657 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Datasets

Prizes

Student Guild Student’s Choice Award

Nicola Mitchell (Recipient), 2015

Prize/award: Prize

guild
student

Student Guild Student’s Choice Award

Nicola Mitchell (Recipient), 2014

Prize/award: Prize

guild
student

UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nicola Mitchell (Recipient), 2018

Prize/award: Prize

Courses

BIOL1131 Animal and Plant Biology

Nicki Mitchell & Tim Langlois

1/08/11 → …

Teaching unit (UWA): Course

BIOL2261 Conservation Biology

Nicki Mitchell & Pieter Poot

1/08/16 → …

Teaching unit (UWA): Course