Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Prof.

Contact First Name: Fraser

Contact Surname: Mitchell

Contact Address:

School of Natural Sciences Botany Building Trinity College Dublin 2 Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 1 8961811

Fax Contact Number: +353 1 8961147

Email Address: fraser.mitchell@tcd.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.tcd.ie/Botany/staff/frasermitchell.php

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
I am an ecologist with research interest in long term environmental change as well as contemporary ecosystems. This has included investigating the impacts of human activity, grazing and climate on temperate forest succession and the drivers of contemporary forest biodiversity as well as investigation of long term climate impacts on peatland ecosystems. My research thus focuses on ecosystem function over immediate and long time scales. The results of this research feed into contemporary conservation management, restoration ecology and climate modelling. I have raised over €4 million in external research contracts since my appointment to TCD. Principal funding sources have been EU and Irish government agencies. This has funded multidisciplinary research throughout Ireland but also in UK, Spain, Poland, USA and Australia. My research has involved collaboration with ten national and thirty-one international institutions. In terms of research mentoring, I have supervised 21 PhD students and mentored 13 postdoctoral research fellows since 1990. I am currently National Director of the Earth and Natural Sciences Doctoral Studies Programme which provides structured training for 69 PhD students in four Irish universities.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Ecology Palaeoecology Woodland Forest Mire Peatland Climate Biodiversity Grazing Succession Vegetation dynamics Palynology

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

I am a memeber of the Climate Change Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy I am the President of the Irish Quaternary Association I am the Irish national representative for the European Pollen Database


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

I am a memeber of the Climate Change Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Partner on FP5 project: ACCROTELM: Abrupt Climate Changes Recorded Over The European Land Mass (EVK2-2001-00351)


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

Partner on FP5 project: ACCROTELM: Abrupt Climate Changes Recorded Over The European Land Mass (EVK2-2001-00351). Coordinator of Marie Curie Development Host Fellowship contract HPMD-CT-2000-00051: Irish Palaeoecological Data Synthesis and Analysis Project (IPAL).


LIFE and COST Actions





Go to the LIFE website
Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Biodiversity


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

EU-AAIR Concerted Action: The use of grazing as a management tool in natural and semi-natural woodland ecosystems.


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