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:
- 2018 Mitchell J.S., Etienne R.S., and Rabosky D.L. Inferring Diversification Rate Variation From Phylogenies With Fossils. Systematic Biology, doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syy035
- 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: .
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 2015 Mitchell, J.S. Preservation is predictable: Quantifying the impact of taphonomic biases on ecological disparity in birds. Paleobiology 41(2) 353-367 doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/pab.2014.23. (PDF)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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: https://dx.doi.org/10.1666/11-098.1. (PDF)
- 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)
- 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)
- Mitchell, J.S., Etienne, R and Rabosky D.L. fossilBAMM: A General Multiprocess Diversification Model for Paleontological and Molecular Phylogenetic Data. In preparation for submission to Systematic Biology.
- Mitchell, J.S., Koeller, K. and Tomiya, S. A new Elaphrocnemus-like bird from the Eocene Washakie Basin, Wyoming. In review at the Journal of Palaeontology.
- Smith, N.A., Boyd, C., Stidham, T. and Mitchell, J.S. Body mass in prey size in owls, including a description of a new species of fossil owl. In preparation for submission to Biology Letters.
- Kroeller, K. and Mitchell, J.S. Paleoecology of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Early Cretaceous, Utah). In preparation, intended for Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.