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Dr. Mike Mitchell

Education

  • Ph D North Carolina State University 1997
  • MS North Carolina State University 1992
  • BS James Madison University 1983

Biography

Mike was born on Okinawa and grew up an Air Force brat, living in the Midwest and Southeast. He did his undergraduate work at James Madison University, graduating with a BS in Biology. Afterwards he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he flew UH-1N Hueys and achieved the rank of Captain. After leaving the Corps, Mike enrolled in graduate school at North Carolina State University where he earned a MS in Wildlife Biology (studying small mammals in eastern North Carolina) and a PhD in Zoology (studying black bears in the Appalachian Mountains). Since then, Mike has served as the Assistant Unit Leader (Wildlife) in the Alabama Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and Unit Leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - Chair, Publications Committee (September 2004 - September 2005)
  • The Wildlife Society - Member, Publications Committee (September 2003 - September 2004)

Research Publications

  • Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, C. R. Stansbury, J. L. Stenglein, and L. P. Waits. 2017. Effects of harvest on recruitment and groups of cooperative breeders. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170580
  • Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, and L. P. Waits. 2017. Effects of breeder turnover and harvest on group composition and recruitment in a social carnivore. Journal of Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12707
  • Borg, N. J., M. S. Mitchell, P. M. Lukacs, C. M. Mack, L. P. Waits, and P. R. Krausman. 2017. Behavioral connectivity among bighorn sheep groups suggests potential for disease spread. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:38-45
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Graduate Research Seminar (2018)
  • Decision making in natural resources (2014)
  • Research Design (2009)
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Montana Wildlife University Committees and Workgroups

  • Mike MitchellSearch Committee, Director of MT Natural Heritage Program, UM (January 2011 - April 2011)
  • Mike MitchellSearch Committee, Craighead Chair (September 2006 - May 2007)
  • Mike MitchellMember, University Library Committee (August 2004 - August 2005)

Technical Publications

  • Ditchkoff, S.S., M.S. Mitchell, and J.B. Grand. 2004. Ecology and management of feral hogs on Fort Benning, Georgia. Annual Progress Report.
  • Mitchell, M. S. Integrated research on landscape scales. Auburn Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Alumni Association Newsletter. Fall 2001
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 9

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 22

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 49

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  2. The University of Montana
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute