PROFESSOR KEVIN MITCHELL received his
Ph.D. in Mathematics at Brown University in 1980. His thesis,
Folding and Crimpings of Algebraic Varieties,
was in the area of Algebraic Geometry. Mitchell
joined the faculty of Hobart and William
Smith Colleges in the Fall of 1980. He is also a faculty
member of the Colleges'
Environmental Studies Program. Current
areas of interest are: hyperbolic tilings and applications
of mathematics to environmental science. With departmental colleague David
Belding, Mitchell co-authored the text
Fundamentals of Analysis, which is used in
Mathematics 331: Foundation of Analysis.
Much of his recent work has been done in conjunction with members of
the Department of Biology. This includes co-authoring
a text entitled
An Introduction to Biostatistics with colleague Thomas
Glover which has been
published by McGraw-Hill. Additionally,
he team-teaches an interdisciplinary course
Bidisciplinary 219: Mathematical Models and Biological
Systems with colleague
James Ryan. He has co-authored
several articles on
topics ranging from "The Species-Area Relation" to "Measuring Stream
Discharge" which are used
as the basis of this course and which have been published by the Consoritium
for Mathematics and Its Applications.
In the Fall of 2001 he co-directed the Colleges
Abroad Program in Queensland, Australia for the fourth time. The
focus of the
program is the ecology of eastern Australia.