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SUNY-ESF Professor is Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Myron J. Mitchell

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A biogeochemist/ecologist at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Dr. Myron J. Mitchell received the prestigious honor along with one other university faculty member. An appointment to Distinguished Professor is the university’s highest faculty designation.

“It is with great pleasure that the Board of Trustees honors our most accomplished and outstanding faculty by appointing them to the rank of Distinguished Professor,” said Board Chair Thomas F. Egan. “These individuals are acknowledged to have achieved academic excellence of the highest level. They are the embodiment of the superb quality of the State University of New York.”

Mitchell joined ESF as an assistant professor in 1975. He is a professor in ESF’s Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology specializing in the field of biogeochemistry and forest ecology. He is widely recognized for his expertise in chemical elemental cycling in forest ecosystems.

Dr. Mitchell has been active in scientific societies throughout his career, including Ecological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, British Ecological Society, International Society of Soil Science. His investigations have taken him around the world, with active collaboration in New Zealand, Russia, Japan, Germany, Turkey and England. He has published more than 150 papers, chapters and monographs, in literally dozens of different journals, and consistently garnered research support that now totals more than $15 million.

In the course of his career, Mitchell has held a number of positions, including Visiting Scholar, University of Calgary; Fulbright Travel Fellow to New Zealand; Visiting Professor to Kyoto University; and is the director of ESF’s Council on Hydrologic Systems Science.

The nomination stated that in addition to Mitchell’s exemplary scholarship, he maintains a full schedule of teaching and service to the department and the college. He has served as major professor to 25 graduate students and is the graduate director for the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology, supervising a variety of interactions among 171 graduate students.

Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and his doctorate from University of Calgary.

“Our Distinguished Professors serve as models of excellence for the entire State University community,” said Chancellor Robert L. King.

Appointment to the rank of Distinguished Professor is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts.

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