Jonathan S. Mitchell

I completed my Ph.D. under Ken Angielczyk and Pete Makovicky at the University of Chicago. I did a two-year postdoc with Dan Rabosky at the University of Michigan. I am now an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at West Virginia University Tech.

A PDF of my CV can be found here

List of publications:

  1. 2018 Mitchell J.S., Etienne R.S., and Rabosky D.L. Inferring Diversification Rate Variation From Phylogenies With Fossils. Systematic Biology,
  2. 2017 Rabosky D.L., Mitchell J.S., and Chang J. Is BAMM flawed? Theoretical and practical concerns in the analysis of multi-rate diversification models. Systematic Biology 66:4, doi: .
  3. 2017 Zelditch M.L., Ye J., Mitchell J.S., and Swiderski D. L. Rare ecomorphological convergence on a complex adaptive landscape: Body size and diet mediate evolution of jaw shape in squirrels (Sciuridae). Evolution, doi: 10.1111/evo.13168. (PDF)
  4. 2017 Johnson, A.E, Mitchell, J.S., and Brown, M.B. Convergent evolution in social swallows (Aves: Hirundinidae). Ecology & Evolution 7(2) 550-560, doi: 10.1002/ece3.2641. (PDF)
  5. 2016 Bernardi, M, Angielczyk, K.D., Mitchell, J.S., and Ruta, M. Phylogenetic stability, tree shape, and character compatibility: A case study using early Tetrapods. Systematic Biology, doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw049. (PDF)
  6. 2016 Mitchell, J.S. and Rabosky, D.L. Bayesian model selection with BAMM: effects of the model prior on the inferred number of diversification shifts. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 65(5) 737-758 doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12626. (PDF)
  7. 2015 Mitchell, J.S. Extant only comparative methods fail to recover the disparity preserved in the bird fossil record. Evolution 69(9) 2414-2424. (PDF)
  8. 2015 Mitchell, J.S. Preservation is predictable: Quantifying the impact of taphonomic biases on ecological disparity in birds. Paleobiology 41(2) 353-367 doi: (PDF)
  9. 2014 Mitchell, J.S. and Makovicky, P.J. Low ecological disparity in Early Cretaceous birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281(1787), doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.0608. (PDF)
  10. 2012 Mitchell, J.S., Roopnarine, P.D., Angielczyk K.D. Late Cretaceous restructuring of dinosaur-bearing communities facilitated the End-Cretaceous mass extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(46):18857-61. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1202196109. (PDF)
  11. 2012 Heckert, A.B., Mitchell, J.S., Schneider, V., and Olsen, P.E. Diverse new microvertebrate assemblage from the Upper Triassic (Norian) Cumnock Formation, Sanford Subbasin, North Carolina, USA. Journal of Paleontology, 86(2):368-390, doi: (PDF)
  12. 2010 Mitchell, J.S., Heckert A. B., and Sues, H-D. Grooves to tubes: Evolution of the venom delivery system in a Late Triassic "reptile". Naturwissenchaften 97:1117-1121. (PDF)
  13. 2010 Mitchell, J.S. and A. B. Heckert. The setup, use and efficacy of sodium polytungstate separation methodology with respect to microvertebrate remains. Journal of Paleontological Techniques, 7: 1-12. (PDF)

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