Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology
Biology & Environmental Science Department, School of Natural Sciences & Allied Health Sciences
PhD, University of Cincinnati
MS, Loyola University Chicago
BS, Miami University
Dr. Mitchell encourages students to ask, “how” and, “why” but also, “what can be done?” He enjoys exploring the answers to these questions together with students in a variety of formats including classroom discussions, class research projects, and as a mentor for independent student research projects.
At Cincinnati, he began studying the ecosystem ecology of green (vegetated) roofs, an emerging type of green infrastructure with the potential to limit storm water runoff while providing habitat and aesthetic improvements in urban areas. During his time at Loyola University Chicago, he studied the impacts of the invasive plant, hybrid cattail (Typha X glauca), on wetland native plant diversity and nutrient cycling dynamics.
Prior to Heidelberg, he taught environmental science and ecology courses at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. He has also worked at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
BIO 213: Field Biology
ENS 334: Ecology
BIO 312: Evolution
BIO 124: Biology II (Organismal)
Ecology, Environmental sustainability, Nutrient cycling
Ecosystem ecology; Green roofs; Nutrient cycling; Wetlands; Invasive species; Environmental sustainability