Ms Britt Mitchell

Ms Britt Mitchell

Casual Academic
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons. I) - UNSW Sydney - 2019
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology and Immunology) - University of Sydney - 2016
School of Biotech & Biomolecular Science

Britt is a PhD candidate at UNSW Sydney and the Australian Museum, supervised by Dr. Jodi Rowley, Prof. Louise Rollins-Smith (Vanderbilt University), and Prof. Richard Kingsford. She has research interests in amphibian conservation in an ever-changing world – more specifically on the effect anthropogenic activity and climate has on amphibian behaviour, ecology, and immunology. In particular, she is interested in using this knowledge to directly inform conservation strategies for such a threatened taxon.

Britt is also a passionate science communicator and has been involved in various initiatives at the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, SURGFM, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, to inspire the next generation into STEM related careers. She has previously studied a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Immunology) at the University of Sydney, with Honours (Class I) undertaken jointly at UNSW Sydney and the Australian Museum. If you would like to get in contact with Brittany about her research, feel free to email her.

Workstation 5.63 Level 5 East, Biological Sciences South (E26)
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Callaghan CT; Liu G; Mitchell BA; Poore AGB; Rowley JJL, 2021, 'Urbanization negatively impacts frog diversity at continental, regional, and local scales', Basic and Applied Ecology, 54, pp. 64 - 74,

  • Australian Society of Herpetologists Student Research Grant ($2000)
  • Centre for Ecosystem Science Postgraduate Student Grant ($1000)
  • Australian Wildlife Society Ecology Research Scholarship ($5000)

  • Best Student Speed Talk - Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) - 2021 - "Fighting the flames: Impacts of occurrence and severity of fire on Australian frogs"
  • Best Species Science Presentation - School of BEES Postgraduate Forum - 2021
  • Best Student Presentation (runner up) - Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB) - 2020 - "High variability in Red Tree Frog advertisement calls may act as a buffer to anthropogenic disturbance"
  • Full scholarship recipient - Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB) Conference - 2016

As human activities rapidly alter ecosystems across the globe, we need to understand how species are responding and/or adapting. Although seemingly well documented, how biodiversity is responding to anthropogenic change is relatively unknown. For amphibians, a taxon under immense threat globally, understanding their responses is crucial. As such, my PhD (in conjunction with the Australian Museum Research Institute) broadly aims to understand how Australia’s frog species are responding to challenges of the Anthropocene, and more specifically:

  • Characterise the habitat of urban biodiversity hotspots that maximises frog diversity and threatened species presence in urban and suburban areas
  • The effect urbanisation has on acoustic communication/mating behaviour in frogs
  • The effect of urbanisation on disease susceptibility of Australian frogs through investigations of changes in their skin antimicrobial peptide profiles and immune system
  • The effect of climate change on frog morphology, and persistence of Australian frog species in fire affected areas