Patrick is using his expertise in plant water relations and ecohydrology to examine climate-based risks to forest functioning and plant productivity in response to heat and water stress. His current research addresses three main areas :
Understanding and adapting to climate-based risk in forest and agricultural systems
Characterising impacts on ecosystems and water resources from mining
Quantifying impacts of drought and wildfire on forest's water and carbon resources
Before starting work at the CSIRO, Dr Mitchell was a Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of Melbourne where he was involved in projects looking at forest water use in mixed-species forests and ecohydrological responses of resprouting forest types to wildfire.
Dr Mitchell completed his Doctoral thesis in 2009 which focused on plant water use in functionally diverse communities in south-western Australia. This work provided an intergrated picture of how we might improve agro-ecosystems to better mimic the water balance of native ecosystems. He has also been involved in projects related to tree-site interactions and water use of salt-tolerant tree species in both natural and managed settings.
Fields of Research
University of Western Australia
BSc 1st Class Hons
Edith Cowan University