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Robert “Bob” Mitchell

Overview and Professional Qualifications

Dr. Robert “Bob” Mitchell is the Digges Distinguished Professor of Engineering Geology in the Geology Department at Western Washington University. His actionable science research program focuses on water-resource issues in the Puget Sound region including modeling the effects of projected 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.

Research Interests

  • Modeling mountain hydrology
  • Impacts of climate change on peak-flow extremes
  • Modeling the effects of climate change on mountain stream temperatures
  • Hillslope mass-wasting processes
  • Aquifer characterization
  • Agricultural impacts on water quality



  • D., Environmental Engineering, 1996, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
  • S., Physics, 1990 University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
  • S., Geophysics, 1986 Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
  • S., Geology (Math minor), 1983 University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Affiliation and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
  • Geological Society of America – Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
  • Chair of the GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division 2020/2021
  • Member of the Science Advisory Committee of the State of Washington Water Research Center
  • Member of the Lake Whatcom Data Management Team


Contact Information

Dr. Robert Mitchell

Geology Department

Western Washington University

526 High Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

Tel: 360–650-3591

Email: rjmitch@wwu.edu


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