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Faculty Profile
Myron Mitchell

Myron  Mitchell


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421 Baker Lab



My research program is focused on biogeochemical cycles with an emphasis on forest ecosystems, but also includes work on freshwater. Recent work has included evaluations of the role of nitrogen, sulfur and other major elements in watersheds. This work has included a multidisciplinary approach that includes work with biogeochemistry, hydrology and stable isotopes. All of the projects are collaborative efforts including scientists at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry as well as other institutions including Cornell University, Hokkaido University (Japan), Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Kyoto University (Japan), Oregon State University, Technische Universitat Dresden (Germany), United States Geological Survey, University of Calgary (Canada), University of Maine, University of Waterloo (Canada), University of West Virginia, SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-Cortland and Syracuse University. My research group is composed of graduate students, technicians and postdoctoral associates. Close cooperation and integration is an important goal in the research efforts of all members of the research team. Field research has included studies at the Huntington Forest in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Catskill Mountains of New York, Tug Hill Region of New York, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Red Canyon Creek in Wyoming, Croton Watershed of New York, Bear Brook Watershed in Maine, Oneida Lake and Lake Erie. I am also involved with doing regional comparisons of biogeochemical processes that most have recently focused on watersheds in the eastern United States, Japan and Europe. I have been a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University in Japan. I have also studied in Germany with support from the Deutscher AkademischerAustausch Dienst (DAAD).

Awards and Honors

Visiting Scholar for The University of Calgary (1983); Fulbright Travel Fellowship to New Zealand (1983-1984); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992); Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Research Award (1994);  Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Japan (1996); Co-chair for Gordon Conference on Hydrobiogeochemistry of Forested Catchments (1997); SUNY Chancellor's Research Recognition Award (2002);Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (2004); Exemplary Researcher Award by SUNY-ESF (2006). Adirondack Achievement Award (2014). Distinguished Professor (2004 to present).


Ecology Panel, NSF (1989-1992); Board of Directors of Upstate Freshwater institute (1989-present); Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Advisory Council (1997-2003);  Chair of EFB Committee on Promotion and Tenure (1997-1999);  Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry Panel, NSF (1999). Ecosystem Panel, NSF (2000-2004); Northeast Ecosystem Research Cooperative, member of coordination committee (2000-2004); Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Incorporated (CUAHS), alternate representative for ESF (2001-present); Leader of Urban Ecosystems Integrated Systems Development Team of New York Environmental Quality Systems Center (2001-2010t);  Graduate Program Director of EFB (2002-2007); Member of International Scientific Committee for Acid Rain 2005 (Prague, Czech Republic); Board Member of Research Foundation of State University of New York (2005-2015); Vice-Chair of Research Foundation of State University of New York 2012 – 2015). Member of the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Review Panel on Secondary Standards for NOx and SOx (2007-2012); Member of CASAC EPA subcommittee on Air, Climate and Energy (2014 - present). Commissioner on NYS Governor's Commission on Higher Education (2007-2008); Member of SUNY Higher Education Advisory Committee (2007-2008).


Some Recent Examples:

 Puntsag, T., Mitchell, M.J., Campbell, J., Klein, E., Likens, G.E., and Welker, J. 2016.  Arctic Vortex changes alter the sources and isotopic values of precipitation in northeastern US. Scientific Reports 6, 22647; doi: 10.1038/srep22647

Siegert, C., Levia, D.F., Hudson, S.A., Dowtin, A.S., Zhang, F., and Mitchell, M.J. 2016.Small-scale topographic variability influences tree species distribution and canopy throughfall partitioning in a temperate, deciduous catchment. Forest Ecology and Management. 359:109-117.

Shibata, H., Branquinho, C., McDowell, W.H., Mitchell, M.J., Monteith, D.T., Tang, J., Arvola. L., Cruz, C., Cusack, D.F. Halada, L., Kopacek, J., Máguas, C., Sajidu, S., Schubert, H., Tokuchi, N., Záhora, J. 2015.  Consequence of altered nitrogen cycles in the coupled human and ecological system under changing climate: the need for long-term and site-based research. DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0545-4 AMBIO 44:178-193.    

Singh, S. Inamdar, S and Mitchell., M.J. 2015. Changes in dissolved organic matter (DOM) amount and composition along nested headwater stream locations during baseflow and stormflow. Hydrological Processes Hydrological 29:1505–1520 DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10286

Kang, P.-G., Mitchell, M.J., Mayer, B., and Campbell, J. 2014. Isotopic evidence for determining the sources of dissolved organic sulfur in a forested catchment. Environ. Science and Technology 48:11259-11267

Kang, P.G. and Mitchell, M.J.. 2013. Bioavailability and size-fraction of dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur at the Arbutus Lake watershed, Adirondack Mountains, NY. Biogeochemistry 115: 213-234

Beier, C.M., Woods, A.M., Hotopp, K.P., Gibbs, J.P., Mitchell, M.J., Dovèiak, D.,  Leopold, D.J., Lawrence, G.B., and  Page, B.D. 2012. Variability in gastropod and amphibian communities along a soil calcium gradient in Adirondack northern hardwood forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1141-1152

Groffman, P.M., Rustad, L.E., Templer, P.H., Campbell, J.L., Christenson, L.M., Lany, N.K.,. Socci, A.M.,  Vadeboncoeur M.A., Schaberg, P.G.,  Wilson, G.F., Driscoll, C.T., Fahey, T.J., Fisk, M.K., Goodale, C.L., Green, M.B., Hamburg, S.H., Johnson1, C.E., Myron J. Mitchell, M.J. 17,  Morse, J.L., Pardo, L.H.  and Nicholas L. Rodenhouse, N.L. 2012. Long-Term Integrated Studies Show Complex and Surprising Effects of Climate Change in the Northern Hardwood Forest. BioScience62:1056-1066.

Inamdar, S., N. Finger, S. Singh, M.J. Mitchell, D. Levia , H. Bais, D. Scott and P. McHale. 2012.  Dissolved organic matter (DOM) concentration and quality in a forested mid-Atlantic watershed, USA. Biogeochemistry 108:55-76.

Inamdar, S. Dhillon G., Singh S., Dutta S., Levia L., Mitchell, M., Van Stan J., Scott, D. and McHale, P. 2012. Temporal patterns of runoff and the controls of end-member chemistry in a forested headwater catchment.  Water Resources Research (In press).

Kang, P.G, B. Mayer and M.J. Mitchell. 2012. Comparison of sample preparation methods for stable isotope analysis of dissolved sulfate in forested watersheds.Isotopes in Environmental & Health Studies. 48: 410-420.

Kerr, J.G.,  M. C. Eimers, I. F. Creed, M. B. Adams, F. Beall, D. Burns, J. L. Campbell, S. F. Christopher, T. A. Clair , F. Courchesne, L. Duchesne, I. Fernandez,  D. Houle, D. S. Jeffries, G. E. Likens, M. J. Mitchell,  J. Shanley and  H. Yao. 2012. The effect of seasonal drying on sulphate dynamics in streams across southeastern Canada and the northeastern USA. Biogeochemistry 111:393–409 DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9664-1.

Kurian, L.M., L. K. Lautz and M. J. Mitchell. 2012. Winter hydrology and  concentrations in a forested watershed: a detailed field study in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (In Press)

McEathron, K.M., M. J. Mitchell and L. Zhang. 2012. Acid-base characteristics of the Grass Pond watershed in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, USA: interactions between soil, vegetation and surface waters. Hydrology and Earth System Science 9:10775–10803. 

Miles, G.R., M. J. Mitchell, B. Mayer, G.E.  Likens and J. Welker. 2012. Long-term analysis of Hubbard Brook stable oxygen isotope ratios of stream water and precipitation sulfate. Biogeochemistry 111:443–454 DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9670-3

Mitchell, M.J.  2012.Research resource review: Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions. Progress in Physical Geography 36:451-453.DOI: 10.1177/0309133312440216

Mitchell, M.J., C.T. Driscoll, P.J. McHale,  K. M. Roy and Zheng Dong. 2012. Lake-Watershed Sulfur Budgets and Their Response to Decreases in Atmospheric Sulfur Deposition: Watershed and Climate Controls. Hydrological Processes (in press).

Van Stan, J. T.,  D. Levia, S. P Inamdar; M.. D Lepori-Bui and M.J. Mitchell. 2012. The effects of phenoseason and storm characteristics on throughfall solute washoffand leaching dynamics from a temperate deciduous forest canopy. Science of the Total Environment (in press)

Buckley, S.M. and M.J. Mitchell. 2011. Improvements in Urban Air Quality: Case Studies from New York State, U.S.AWater, Air and Soil Pollution 214:93-106.        

Inamdar, S., N. Finger, S. Singh, M.J. Mitchell, D. Levia, H. Bais, D. Scott and P. Mchale. 2012. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) concentration and quality in a forested mid-Atlantic watershed, USA. Biogeochemistry 108:55-76.

Inamdar, S., S. Singh, S. Dutta, D. Levia, M.J. Mitchell, D. Scott, H. Bais, and P. McHale. 2011. Fluorescence characteristics and sources of dissolved organic matter for stream water during storm events in a forested mid-Atlantic watershedJournal of Geophysical Research Biogeochemistry 116, GO3043, doi:10.1029/2011JG001735, 23 pages.  

Levia, D., J. Van Stan, C. Siegert, S. Inamdar, M.J. Mitchell, S. Mage, and P. McHale. 2011. Atmospheric deposition and corresponding variability of stemflow chemistry across temporal scales in a mid-Atlantic broadleaved deciduous forestAtmospheric Environment 45:3046-3054.

Mitchell, M.J. 2011. Nitrate Dynamics of Forested Watersheds: Spatial and Temporal Patterns in North America, Europe and Japan. Journal of Forest Research 16:333-340.

Mitchell, M.J. and G.E. Likens. 2011. Watershed Sulfur Biogeochemistry: Shift from Atmospheric Deposition Dominance to Climatic RegulationEnvironmental Science and Technology 45:5267-5271 DOI: 10.1021/es200844n

Mitchell, M.J., G. Lovett, S. Bailey, F. Beall, D. Burns, D. Buso. T. A. Clair, F. Courchesne, L. Duchesne, C. Eimers, D.Jeffries, S. Kahl,, G. Likens, M.D. Moran, C. Rogers, D. Schwede, J. Shanley, K. Weathers and R. Vet. 2011. Comparisons of Watershed Sulfur Budgets in Southeast Canada and Northeast US:  New Approaches and ImplicationsBiogeochemistry 103:181-207.

Wang, H., R. Wang, Y. Yue, M.J. Mitchell, and L. Zhang. 2011. Variability of Soil Organic Carbon after Freshwater Restoration in Degraded Wetlands of the Yellow River Delta, ChinaJournal of Environmental Management 92:2628-2633