Nicki Mitchell

Dr, BSc Tas., PhD Adel.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1297 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
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Personal profile


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.


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:
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 2019

1 Citations

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

predation risk
endangered species

Environmental stress increases the magnitude of nonadditive genetic variation in offspring fitness in the frog Crinia georgiana

Rudin-Bitterli, T. S., Mitchell, N. J. & Evans, J. P., 1 Oct 2018, In : American Naturalist. 192, 4, p. 461-478 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

environmental stress
genetic variation

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., 30 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sea Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

9 Citations

Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science

Bonebrake, T. C., Brown, C. J., Bell, J. D., Blanchard, J. L., Chauvenet, A., Champion, C., Chen, I. C., Clark, T. D., Colwell, R. K., Danielsen, F., Dell, A. I., Donelson, J. M., Evengård, B., Ferrier, S., Frusher, S., Garcia, R. A., Griffis, R. B., Hobday, A. J., Jarzyna, M. A., Lee, E. & 23 othersLenoir, J., Linnetved, H., Martin, V. Y., Mccormack, P. C., Mcdonald, J., Mcdonald-Madden, E., Mitchell, N., Mustonen, T., Pandolfi, J. M., Pettorelli, N., Possingham, H., Pulsifer, P., Reynolds, M., Scheffers, B. R., Sorte, C. J. B., Strugnell, J. M., Tuanmu, M. N., Twiname, S., Vergés, A., Villanueva, C., Wapstra, E., Wernberg, T. & Pecl, G. T., Feb 2018, In : Biological Reviews. 93, 1, p. 284-305

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social sciences
Social sciences
Social Sciences
Climate Change



Student Guild Student’s Choice Award

Nicola Mitchell (Recipient), 2014

Prize/award: Prize


Student Guild Student’s Choice Award

Nicola Mitchell (Recipient), 2015

Prize/award: Prize


UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nicola Mitchell (Recipient), 2018

Prize/award: Prize


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