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Molly Mitchell

Research Assistant Professor of Marine Science


Molly Mitchell, Research Assistant Professor of Marine Science, received her Ph.D. in Marine Science from William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She most recently was a Marine Scientist Supervisor at VIMS. Professor Mitchell’s research interests focus on shifts in coastal resources due to the interaction of sea level rise and human-driven changes. Although primarily an ecologist, she works on projects involving physical dynamics (sea level rise trend analysis, shoreline geology) and human decision making (social vulnerability, sea level rise adaptation, adaptive management application).  Understanding the interaction of these different disciplines is critical to projecting the future of our coastal resources. Her research is meant to be applied by planners on all levels (local, state, federal, etc.) and across resources (marshes, roads, buildings, etc.). She works with representatives from many different groups to help translate research and current scientific understanding into practical recommendations.