David Mitchell

David Mitchell, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Adjunct Professor


Aquatic Ecology, Ecological Risk Assessment

Educational Background

B.A. Biology (Brandeis University, 1975), M.S. Biology (University of Oregon, 1979)

Ph.D. Ecology (Cornell University, 1986)


Dr. Mitchell is a Senior Associate / Scientist at Abt Associates with over 25 years of experience in environmental analysis, ecological impact assessment, and resource management. Dr. Mitchell has worked on water quality and quantity issues, nutrient criteria, ecological restoration and monitoring projects, water toxics, sediment assessment, ecological risk assessments, and water quality policy and permitting throughout the United States. Recent projects include project management for ecological model review for the USACE Institute for Water Resources, technical support for various USEPA effluent limitation guidelines and related rulemaking (e.g., 316b, post Construction and Development, Steam-Electric Utilities, Dental Mercury Amalgam, Coalbed Methane). He has particular expertise in nutrient criteria including developing a prioritization tool for assessment State’s progress for USEPA Health and Ecological Criteria Division, providing qualitative benefits for Florida nutrient criteria, and development of  regional nutrient databases, analyses, potential application of nutrient criteria in New England for USEPA(R1) for freshwater and marine In addition, he has provided technical services for TMDL development in Illinois, Maine and New Hampshire. He recently conducted an assessment, treatment design, permitting, and implementation oversight for ecological restoration of two ponds on Cape Cod. Dr. Mitchell is professionally certified as a Lake Manager (CLM) by the North American Lakes Management Society and is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.