CV

(This is a truncated version of my CV.  For my complete CV, click here (pdf).)

Research Interests

             Community Ecology, Plant Functional Traits, Global Change, Ecosystem Function, Biodiversity

Education

2013: Ph.D., School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  Dissertation Title "The Extent, Drivers, and Consequences of Intraspecific Variation in Plant Functional Traits"

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan D. Bakker, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

2006: B.S. Veterinary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Additional minors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, Classics and Spanish.  Honors Thesis: “The effect of the fishhook barrel cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni) on foraging, microhabitat selection and nest location of four species of ant occupants”.

Advisor: Dr. Judith Bronstein, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Peer-Reviewed Publications

            Wright, J.P., G.M. Ames and R.M. Mitchell. The more things change the more they stay the same?  When is trait             variability important for stability of ecosystem function in a changing environment?  Philosophical Transactions of                the Royal Society B. In Press. 

             Mitchell, R.M. and J.D. Bakker.  Functional Trait Shifts in Response to Community Composition.  Journal of                        Vegetation Science.  In Press.        

             Mitchell, R.M. and J.P. Wright and G.M. Ames. Is Trait Variability the Key to Success? A Case Study in a Wet-                    to-Dry Ecotone. In Review.

             Mitchell, R.M., J.B. Vincent, J.D. Bakker and G.M. Davies. Assessing the Relative Importance of Abiotic, Biotic,                 and Disturbance Drivers on Plant Community Structure in a Semi-Arid Ecosystem. In Review. 

             Mitchell, R.M. and J.D. Bakker. 2014  Intraspecific Trait Variation Driven by Plasticity and Ontogeny                                 in Hypochaeris radicata. PLoS ONE.

             Mitchell, R. M and J. D. Bakker. 2014  Quantifying and Comparing Intraspecific Functional Trait Variability: A                     Case Study with Hypochaeris radicata.  Functional Ecology, 28(1), 258-269

            Mitchell, R.M. and J. D. Bakker.  2011.  Carbon Addition as a Technique for Controlling Exotic Species in Pacific                 Northwest Prairies.  Northwest Science; 85(2), 247-254.

Professional Publications

            Bakker, J.D. and R.M. Mitchell. 2014. Leveraging Land Condition Trend Analysis (LCTA)Data to Understand                    Vegetation Change on Military Installations. United States

Department of Defense.Bakker, J., R. Mitchell, C. Kilbane, M. Wang, T. Hinckley, K. Ewing, L. Jantarasami, J. Lawler, M. McCain, S. Reichard, and K. Shea.  2010.  Natural Resource Condition Assessment of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.  National Park Service, In Press.

Bakker, J., T. Hinckley, M. Wang, R. Mitchell, C. Kilbane Gockel, K. Ewing, J. Lawler, S. Reichard, L. Janatasami, M. McCain, and K. Shea.  Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Lewis and Clark National Historic Park.  National Park Service, In Press.

Hinckley, T., J. Bakker, M. Wang, C. Kilbane Cockel, R. Mitchell, K. Ewing, J. Lawler and S. Reichard.  Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.  National Park Service, In Press.

Bakker, J., C. Kilbane Gockel, M. Wang, R. Mitchell, T. Hinckley, K. Ewing, L. Jantarasami, J. Lawler, M. McCain, S. Reichard, K. Shea.  Natural Resource Condition Assessment for San Juan Island National Historic Park.  National Park Service, In Press.

Selected Presentations

            Mitchell, R.M. and J.P. Wright. 2015 Does Environmental Variability Drive Plant Functional Trait Variability?                        Ecological Society of America meeting, Baltimore, MD. Oral Presentation. 

Mitchel, R.M. and J.D. Bakker.  2012.  The Spice of Life: Quantifying Intraspecific Variation.  Ecological Society of America meeting, Portland, OR.

Mitchell, R.M. and J.D. Bakker.  2011.  Functional Trait Variation in Five Asteraceae.  Ecological Society of America meeting, Austin, TX.

Mitchell, R.M. and J.D. Bakker.  2010.  Phenotypic plasticity in six species of native and exotic Asteraceae.  Ecological Society of America meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mitchell, R.M. and J.D. Bakker.  2010.  Carbon amendment as a restoration tool.  2010 Northwest Scientific Association Meeting, Corvalis, OR.

Mitchell R. M. and J.D. Bakker. 2010.  Carbon amendment as a restoration tool.  2010 Society for Ecological Restoration Regional Meeting, Tulalip, WA.