Educational & Professional Experience
Ph.D. - Michigan Tech University (Environmental Engineering) M.S. - University of Minnesota (Physics) and Michigan Tech (Geophysics) B.S. - University of Wisconsin, River Falls (Geology)
Areas of Expertise
Hydrogeology, watershed hydrology, engineering geology, and numerical modeling
- Physical Geology
- GIS in Geology
- Environmental Geology
- Engineering Geology
- Surface Water Hydrology
- Groundwater Contamination
- Introduction to Graduate Research
I am looking for new graduate students to start in the Fall of 2020. Visit my graduate student information page for information about my current research projects.
Selected Awards & Honors
Digges Distinguished Professor of Engineering Geology
UMD Swenson College Academy of Science & Engineering
Arlan Norman Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring (2020 recipient)
GAANN Ph.D. Fellow, 1991 - 1995, Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University
My actionable science research program focuses on water-resource issues in the Puget Sound region including modeling the effects of forecasted climate change on mountain hydrology and hillslope processes, and has been instrumental to government agencies and regional Indian Tribes in making management and policy decisions regarding water quantity and quality in Washington State.
Beeler, K. and R. Mitchell, 2017. Sediment and phosphorus inputs from perennial streams to Lake Whatcom, northwest Washington State. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XXII, No. 3 pp. 153-164.
Dickerson, S. and R. Mitchell, 2013. Modeling the effects of climate change forecasts on streamflow in the Nooksack River basin, Northwest Washington. Hydrological Processes DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10012
Matthews, Robin A.; Hilles, Michael; Vandersypen, Joan; Mitchell, Robert J.; and Matthews, Geoffrey B., Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project 2015/2016 Report (2017). Lake Whatcom Annual Reports. 25. http://cedar.wwu.edu/lakewhat_annualreps/25
Mitchell, Robert J.; Gabrisch, Gerry; and Matthews, Robin A., "Lake Whatcom Bathymetry and Morphology" (2010). Lake Whatcom Bathymetry Report. Paper 1. http://cedar.wwu.edu/bathymetry/1