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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:

Google Scholar h-index = 28, citations = 2,844


  • Professor, Institute of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) (since 2020)
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) (2019-2020)
  • Research Fellow, School of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Curtin University (2016-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology (2013-2016)


  • Secretary, UNESCO IGCP 648 Supercontinent Cycles & Global Geodynamics (2016–2021)


  • 2003, Kent School
  • 2007, B.A. (Geology), Carleton College
  • 2013, Ph.D. (Geology & Geophysics), Yale University

Research Interests:

How Earth works, from core to crust. My areas of expertise are palaeomagnetism, cyclostratigraphy, and Earth history. The Earth system is completely integrated, but plate tectonic theory is not. Explaining the dynamics of past supercontinents, and even predicting future supercontinents, requires a systems theory approach.

Xu Liu 刘旭, Ph.D. student (2020–)
Qiqi Ou 欧琪琪, Masters student (2021–)
Chen Fangfang 陈芳芳, Masters student (2022–)
Jilian Jiang 蒋济莲, Ph.D. student (2022–)
Yushu Liu 刘玉书, Ph.D. student (2023–)

Kai Lu 路凯, (2022–)

Students: Funding for PhD and Master students AVAILABLE.
Post-docs and professors: Papers make careers; contact me if you want to help with a paper.

Public Services:


12. 2021, 2020 Excellent Scientific and Technological Achievements of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics
11. 2020, Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI)
10. 2019, Young Talents Plan, Institute Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
9.  2016, National Science Foundation Antarctica Service Medal
8.  2013, Philip M. Orville Prize in Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
7.  2011, Estwing Hammer Prize for Field Geology, Yale University
6.  2010, Young Scientist Award, 6th International Dyke Conference, Varanasi, India
5.  2008, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
4.  2007, Carleton College Dean’s Office Research Fellowship
3.  2006, Carleton College Dean’s Office Research Fellowship
2.  2006, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Research Fellowship
1.  2006, Class of 1963 Fellowship

Supported Projects:


Mitchell, Ross, 2023, The Next Supercontinent: Solving the Puzzle of a Future Pangea.
University of Chicago Press,

Journal Articles
I have reviewed for: PNAS, Science Advances, Geology, EPSL, GRL, Communications Earth & Environment, Science Bulletin, GSAB, GSF, GSL, JGSL, Precambrian Research, Tectonics, Lithosphere, Terra Nova, Tectonophysics, Scientific Reports, Geosciences, Minerals

*corresponding author

107. Zhang, Q., Zhao, L., Zhou, D., Nutman, A.P., Mitchell, R.N., Liu, Y., Li, Q.L., Yu, H.M., Fan, B., Spencer, C.J. and Li, X.H., 2023. No evidence of supracrustal recycling in Si-O isotopes of Earth’s oldest rocks 4 Ga ago. Science Advances, vol. 9, p.eadf0693,
106. Su, B., Chen, Y., Yue, Z., Chen, L., Mitchell, R.N., Tang, M., Yang, W., Huang, G., Guo, J., Li, X.H. and Wu, F.Y., 2023. Crustal remelting origin of highly silicic magmatism on the Moon. Communications Earth & Environment, vol. 4, p.228,
105. Tian, H.C., Zhang, C., Yang, W., Du, J., Chen, Y., Xiao, Z., Mitchell, R.N., Hui, H., Changela, H.G., Zhang, T.X. and Tang, X., 2023, Surges in volcanic activity on the Moon about two billion years ago. Nature Communications, vol. 14, p.3734,
104. Du, A. et al., 2023, Ground magnetic survey on Mars from the Zhurong rover. Nature Astronomy, p.1-11,
103. Yang, J., Mitchell, R.N., Spencer, C.J., Sun, B., Zhang, C. and Zhao, L., 2023, Magmatic ignitor kick-starts subduction initiation. Gondwana Research, vol. 122, p. 112-124,
102. Mitchell, R.N.* and Kirscher, U., 2023, Mid-Proterozoic day length stalled by tidal resonance. Nature Geoscience, vol. 63, p.1-3,
101. Wang, C. and Mitchell, R.N.*, 2023. True polar wander in the Earth system, Science China Earth Sciences, vol. 66, p.1165-1184,
100. Zhang, Q., Buckman, S., Mitchell, R.N., Nutman, A.P., Li, X.H., Bennett, V.C. and Beer, C., 2023, Cross‐Orogen Granite Migration as an Indicator of Slab Rollback Along Eastern Gondwana. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, vol. 24, p.e2023GC010895,
99. Wang, D., Mitchell, R.N., Guo, J. and Liu, F., 2023, Exhumation of an Archean Granulite Terrane by Paleoproterozoic Orogenesis: Evidence from the North China Craton. Journal of Petrology, vol. 64, p.egad035,
98. Deng, C., Mitchell, R.N., and Wang, W., 2023, Editorial preface to special issue: Continental evolution and sedimentary basins of the Tibetan Plateau and its environs. Global and Planetary Change, p.104161,
97. Ma, C., Tang, Y., Mitchell, R.N., Li, Y., Sun, S., Zhu, J., Foley, S.F., Wang, M., Ye, C., Ying, J. and Zhu, R., 2023, Volcanic phosphorus supply boosted Mesozoic terrestrial biotas in northern China. Science Bulletin, vol. 68, p. 1317-1326,
96. Wang, R., Shen, B., Lang, X., Wen, B., Mitchell, R.N., Ma, H., Yin, Z., Peng, Y., Liu, Y. and Zhou, C., 2023, A Great late Ediacaran ice age. National Science Review, p.nwad117,
95. Jiao, S., Brown, M., Mitchell, R.N., Chowdhury, P., Clark, C., Chen, L., Chen, Y., Korhonen, F., Huang, G. and Guo, J., 2023, Mechanisms to generate ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, pp.1-21,
94. Li, Z., Ma, X., An, W., Mitchell, R.N., Li, Q., Lan, Z., Dong, Y., Zhang, Y. and Li, J., 2023, Provenance transition of the Mesoproterozoic–Neoproterozoic Xuhuai Basin: Constraining the accretion of the Northern Qinling Terrane with the North China Craton. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, p.105675,
93. Zou, Y.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, Chu, X., Brown, M., Jiang, J., Li, Q., Zhao, L. and Zhai, M., 2023, Surface evolution during the mid-Proterozoic stalled by mantle warming under Columbia–Rodinia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 607, p.118055,
92. Mitchell, R.N.* and Jing, X., 2023, Paleoarchean plate motion: Not so fast. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 120, p.e2218383120,
91. Liu, S.L., Ma, L., Zou, X., Fang, L., Qin, B., Melnik, A.E., Kirscher, U., Yang, K.F., Fan, H.R. and Mitchell, R.N.*, 2023, Trends and rhythms in carbonatites and kimberlites reflect thermo-tectonic evolution of Earth: Geology, vol. 51, pp.101-105,  
90. Jing, X., Yang, Z., Mitchell, R.N.*, Tong, Y., Zhu, M. and Wan, B., 2022, Ordovician–Silurian true polar wander as a mechanism for severe glaciation and mass extinction: Nature Communications, vol. 13, p.7941,
89. Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N., Liu, Y., Pisarevsky, S.A., Giddings, J. and Li, Z.X., 2022, Paleomagnetic evidence for a Paleoproterozoic rotational assembly of the North Australian craton in the leadup to supercontinent formation: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 49, p.e2022GL099842,  
88. Zhang, X., Zhang, L., Zhang, J.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, 2022, Strong Heterogeneity in Shallow Lunar Subsurface Detected by Apollo Seismic Data: Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, vol. 127, p.e2022JE007222,
87. Su, B., Yuan, J., Chen, Y., Yang, W., Mitchell, R.N., Hui, H., Wang, H., Tian, H., Li, X.H., Wu, F.Y., 2022, Fusible mantle cumulates trigger young mare volcanism on the cooling Moon: Science Advances, vol. 8, p.eabn2103,
86. Zhang, L., Zhang, J.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, Cao, P., Liu, J., 2022, A thermal origin for super-high-frequency marsquakes: Icarus, vol. 390, p.115327,
85. Huang, G.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, Palin, R.M., Spencer, C.J., Guo, J., 2022, Barium content of Archaean continental crust reveals the onset of subduction was not global: Nature Communications, vol. 13, pp.1-8,
84. Liu, D., Guo, J., Jiang, N., Hu, J., Mitchell, R.N., Fan, W., Mao, Q., Zhao, L., 2022. Lead isotopic compositions of late Archean lower continental crust: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 337, p.95-105,
83. Mitchell, R.N., Brown, M., Gernon, T.M., Spencer, C.J., 2022, Evolving mantle convection from bottom up to top down: The Innovation, vol. 3, p. 100309,
82. Xu, K.H., He., F., Wei, Y., Mitchell, R.N., Chen, S., Wang, Y.Q., Rong, Z.J., 2022, A new inclination-based method to evaluate the global geomagnetic configuration and axial dipole moment: Earth and Planetary Physics, vol. 6, p. 359-365,
81. Roberts, N.M.W., Salminen, J., Johansson, ?, Mitchell, R.N., Palin, R.M., Condie, K.C., Spencer, C.J., 2022, On the enigmatic mid-Proterozoic: Single-lid versus plate tectonics: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 594, 117749,
80. Lu, K., Mitchell, R.N., Yang, C., Zhou, J.L., Wu, L.G., Wang, X.C., Li, X.H., 2022, Widespread magmatic provinces at the onset of the Sturtian snowball Earth: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 594, 117736,
79. Mitchell, R.N.*, Ganne, J., 2022, Less is not always more: A more inclusive data-filtering approach to secular mantle cooling: Precambrian Research, vol. 379, 106787,
78. Zhang, L., Zhang, J.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, 2022, Dichotomy in crustal melting on early Mars inferred from antipodal effect: The Innovation, vol. 3, 100280,
77. Peng, P.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, Chen, Y., 2022, Earth’s one-of-a-kind fault: The Tanlu fault: Terra Nova,
76. Liou, P., Guo, J., Peng, P., Mitchell, R.N., Jiang, N., Zhai, M., Mao, M, 2022, Crustal growth of the North China craton at ca. 2.5 Ga: Science Bulletin.
75. Gernon, T.M, Barr, R., Fitton, J.G., Hincks, T.K., Keir, D., Longman, J., Merdith, A.S., Mitchell, R.N., Palmer, M.R.: Nature Geoscience,
74. Liou, P., Wang, Z., Mitchell, R. N., Doucet, L. S., Li, M., Guo, J., Zhai, M, (2022), Fe isotopic evidence that “high pressure” TTGs formed at low pressure: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 592, 117645,
73. Liu, C. Z., Dick, H. J., Mitchell, R. N., Wei, W., Zhang, Z. Y., Hofmann, A. W., Yang, J.F., Li, Y. (2022). Archean cratonic mantle recycled at a mid-ocean ridge: Science Advances, vol. 8, eabn6749,
72. Pang, L., Zhu, X., Qiu, Y., Sun, Q., Mitchell, R.N., Zhao, T., 2022, Provenance and tectonic setting of the Statherian Hangaoshan Group: Implications for evolution of the North China Craton during late Paleoproterozoic: Precambrian Research, vol. 376, 106682,
71. Wu, L., Huang, W., Liang, H., Murphy, J.B., Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N., Hawkins, L.M.A., Halverson, G., Gu, Y.J., Zhang, J., Liu, X., 2022, Reply to comment on “Paleomagnetism of the Guanyang Devonian sedimentary successions in Guangxi province, South China”: Gondwana Research, vol. 107, p. 59-62,
70. Zhang, W.Q., Liu, C.Z., Mitchell, R.N., Liu, T., Zhang, C., Zhang, Z.Y., 2022, Extensive melting of ancient depleted oceanic mantle evidenced by decoupled Hf–Nd isotopes in the lowermost oceanic crust: Lithos, vol. 418, 106684,
69. Peng, P.*, Xu, H., Mitchell, R.N.*, Teixeira, W., Kirscher, U., Qin, Z., Oliveira, E.P., Girardi, V.A., Wang, C. and Chemale Jr, F., 2022, Earth's oldest hotspot track at ca. 1.8 Ga advected by a global subduction system: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 585, p.117530,
68. Liu, Y., Mitchell, R.N.*, Brown, M., Johnson, T.E., Pisarevsky, S., 2022, Linking metamorphism and plate boundaries over the past 2 billion years: Geology, vol. 50, p. 631-635,
67. Wu, L., Huang, W., Liang, H., Murphy, J.B., Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N., Hawkins, L.M.A., Halverson, G., Yu, G.J., Zhang, J., Liu, X., 2022, Paleomagnetism of the Guanyang Devonian sedimentary successions in Guangxi province, South China: Gondwana Research, vol. 105, p. 143-159,
66. Mitchell, R.N.*, Spencer, C.J., Kirscher, U., Wilde, S.A. Plate tectonic–like cycles since the Hadean: Initiated or inherited? Geology,
65. Wang, C., Peng, P., Mitchell, R.N., Liu, X., 2022, Casting a vote for shifting the Statherian: Petrogenesis of 1.70 and 1.62 Ga mafic dykes in the North China Craton: Lithos, vol. 414, p.106631.
64. Lan, Z., Huyskens, M.H., Le Hir, G., Mitchell, R.N., Yin, Q.Z., Zhang, G., Li, X.H., 2022, Massive volcanism may have foreshortened the Marinoan snowball Earth: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 49, e2021GL097156,
63. Lan, Z., Mitchell, R.N.*, Gernon, T.M., Nordsvan, A.R., 2022, Did an asteroid impact cause temporary warming during snowball Earth? Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 581, 117407,
62. Liou, P.*, Guo, J.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, Spencer, C.J., Li, X., Zhai, M., Evans, N.J., Li, Y., 2022, Zircons underestimate mantle depletion of early Earth: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 317, p. 538-551,
61. Sun, J., Wu, F.Y., Sklyarov, E., Sarkar, C., Liu, C.Z., Pearson, G.D., Cheng, Z., Mitchell, R.N., 2021, Matrix effects during in situ U-Pb dating of perovskite with variable crystal structure: Evidence from the Tazheran Massif, Russia: Chemical Geology, vol. 589, 120685,
60. Mitchell, R.N.*, Zhang, J., 2022, Four-month intrinsic viral cycle in COVID 19: The Innovation, 100196,
59. Wei, W., Liu, C.Z., Mitchell, R.N., Yan, W., 2022, Petrogenesis of Dacites in a Triassic Volcanic Arc in the South China Sea: Constraints from Whole Rock and Mineral Geochemistry: Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 9, 1362,
58. Shields, G. A., Strachan, R. A., Porter, S. M., Halverson, G. P., Macdonald, F. A., Plumb, K. A., de Alvarenga, C. J., Banerjee, D. M., Bekker, A., Bleeker, W., Brasier, A., Chakraborty, P. P., Collins, A. S., Condie, K., Das, K., Evans, D. A. D., Ernst, R., Fallick, A. E., Frimmel, H., Fuck, R., Hoffman, P. F., Kamber, B. S., Kuznetsov, A. B., Mitchell, R. N., Poiré, D. G., Poulton, S. W., Riding, R., Sharma, M., Storey, C., Stueeken, E., Tostevin, R., Turner, E., Xiao, S., Zhang, S., Zhou, Y., and Zhu, M., 2022, A template for an improved rock-based subdivision of the pre-Cryogenian timescale: Journal of the Geological Society, vol. 179.
57. Wei, W., Liu, Chuan-Zhou, Hou, Y.F., Deng, C.L., Yan, W., Li, X.H., Chung, S.L., Mitchell, R.N., 2022, Discovery of a hidden Triassic Arc in the Southern South China Sea: Evidence for the breakaway of a ribbon continent with implications for the evolution of the Western Pacific margin: Terra Nova, vol. 34, p. 12-19,
56. Mitchell, R.N.*, 2021, Chang’E-5 reveals the Moon’s secrets to a longer life: The Innovation, vol. 2, 100177,
55. Wen, F. Tian, Z., Liu, P.H., Xu, W., Liu, F., Mitchell, R.N., 2021, Sedimentary evidence for the early Paleoproterozoic tectono-magmatic lull: Detrital zircon provenance of the 2.47–2.17 Ga Langzishan Formation, Liaohe Group, Eastern Block of the North China Craton: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 221, 104989,
54. Sun, J., Mitchell, R.N., Kostrovitsky, S.I., Apen, F.E., 2021, Siberia’s largest pulse of kimberlites: U-Pb geochronology of perovskite and rutile from the Obnazhennaya kimberlite and its xenoliths, Siberia craton: International Geology Review, p. 1-12,
53. Spencer, C.S., Mitchell, R.N., Brown, M., 2021, Enigmatic mid-Proterozoic orogens: Hot, thin, and low: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 48, e2021GL093312,
52. Zhao, P., He, J., Deng, C., Chen, Y., Mitchell, R.N., 2021, Early Neoproterozoic (870–820 Ma) amalgamation of the Tarim craton (northwestern China) and the final assembly of Rodinia: Geology, vol. 49, p. 1277-1282,
51. Mitchell, R.N.*, Gernon, T.M., Cox, G.M., Nordsvan, A.R., Kirscher, U., Xuan, C., Liu, Y., Liu, X., He, X., 2021, Orbital forcing of ice sheets during snowball Earth: Nature Communications, vol. 12, p. 4187,
50. Mitchell, R.N.*, Thissen, C.J., Evans, D.A.D., Slotznick, S.P., Coccioni, R., Yamazaki, T., Kirschvink, J.L., 2021, A Late Cretaceous true polar wander oscillation: Nature Communications, vol. 12, p. 3629,
49. Jiao, S., Evans, N.J., Mitchell, R.N., Fitzsimons, I.C.W., Guo, J., 2021, Heavy rare-earth element and Y partitioning between monazite and garnet in aluminous granulites: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 176,
48. Lan, Z., Zhang, S., Chen, Z.Q., Mitchell, R.N., 2021, Locomotion and feeding trails produced by crabs: Geological Journal,
47. Mitchell, R.N.*, Zhang, N.*, Salminen, J., Liu, Y., Spencer, C.J., Steinberger, B., Murphy, J.B., Li, Z.X., 2021, The supercontinent cycle: Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, vol. 2, p. 358-374,
46. Brennan, D.T., Mitchell, R.N., Spencer, C.J., Murphy, J.B., Li, Z.X., 2021, A tectonic model for the Transcontinental Arch: Progressive migration of a Laurentian drainage divide during the Neoproterozoic–Cambrian Sauk Transgression: Terra Nova,
45. Liu, Y., Mitchell, R.N., Li, Z.X., Kirscher, U., Pisarevsky, S.A., Wang, C., 2021, Archean geodynamics: Ephemeral supercontinents or long-lived supercratons: Geology,
44. Zou, Y. Li, Q., Chu, X., Zhai, M., Mitchell, R.N., Zhao, L., Zhou, L., Wang, Y., Liu, B., 2021, Older orogens cooled slower: New constraints on Orosirian tectonics from garnet diffusion modeling of metamorphic timescales, Jiaobei terrain, North China Craton: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 176, p. 1-24,
43. Zhang, Z., Peng, P.*, Feng, L., Gong, Z., Mitchell, R.N.*, Li, Y., 2021, Oldest-known Neoproterozoic carbon isotope excursion: Earlier onset of Neoproterozoic carbon cycle volatility: Gondwana Research, vol. 94, p. 1-11,  
42. Wan, B., Wang, X., Liu, X., Cai, K., Xiao, W., Mitchell, R.N., 2021, Long-lived seamount subduction in ancient orogens: Evidence from the Paleozoic South Tianshan: Geology, vol. 49, p. 531-535,  
41. Wang, C., Mitchell, R.N.*, Murphy, J.B., Peng, P., Spencer, C.J., 2021, The role of megacontinents in the supercontinent cycle: Geology, vol. 49, p. 402-406,
40. Youbi, N., Ernst, R.E., Mitchell, R.N., Boumehdi, M.A., Moume, W.E., Lahna, A.A., Bensalah, M.K., Soderlund, U., Doblas, M., Tassinari, C.C.G., 2021, Preliminary Appraisal of a Correlation Between Glaciations and Large Igneous Provinces Over the Past 720 Million Years: Large Igneous Provinces: A Driver of Global Envirnmental and Biotic Changes, Geophysical Monograph 255, Edited by Ernst, R.E., Dickson, A.J., Bekker, A.,
39. Murphy, J.B., Nance, R.D., Cawood, P.A., Collins, W.J., Dan, W., Doucet, L.S., Heron, P.J., Li, Z.X., Mitchell, R.N., Pisarevsky, S., Pufahl, P.K., Quesada, C., Spencer, C.J., Strachan, R.A., Wu, L., 2020, Pannotia: in defence of its existence and geodynamic significance: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, vol. 503, p.13-39,
38. Kirscher, U.*, Mitchell, R.N.*, Liu, Y., Nordsvan, A.R., Cox, G.M., Pisarevsky, S.A., Wang, C., Wu, L., Murphy, J.N., and Li, Z.X., 2021, Paleomagnetic constraints on the duration of the Australia-Laurentia connection in the core of the Nuna supercontinent: Geology, vol. 49, p. 174-179,
37. Mitchell, R.N.*, Kirscher, U., Kunzmann, M., Liu, Y., Cox, G.M., 2021, Gulf of Nuna: Astrochronologic correlation of a Mesoproterozoic oceanic euxinic event: Geology, vol. 48, p.25-29,
36. Zou, Y., Li, Q.L., Mitchell, R.N., Zhai, M.G., Zou, X.Y., Zhao, L., Wang, Y.Q., Liu, B., 2020, Local rapid exhumation and fast cooling in a long-lived Paleoproterozoic orogeny: Journal of Petrology, vol. 63. egaa091,
35. Wan, B.*, Yang, X., Tian, X.*, Yuan, H., Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N.*, 2020, Seismological evidence for the earliest global subduction network at 2 Ga: Science Advances, vol. 6, eabc5491,
34. Shan, H., Zhai, M., Mitchell, R.N., Liu, F., Guo, J., 2020, Comparative studies on two phases of Archaean TTG magmas from different blocks of the North China Craton: petrogenesis and constraints on crustal evolution: Geological Magazine,
33. Zou, Y., Zhai, M., Mitchell, R.N., Zhao, L., Zhou, L., Liu, B., Wang, Y., Chen, M., 2020, Discovery of kyanite in typically cordierite/sillimanite-bearing low-to medium-pressure politic granulites from the Jiaobei terrain, North China Craton: Precambrian Research, vol. 342, 105677,
32. Doucet, L.S., Li, Z.X., El Dien, H., Pourteau, A., Murphy, J.B., Collins, W.J., Mattielli, N., Olierook, H.K.H., Spencer, C.J., Mitchell, R.N., 2020, Distinct formation history for deep-mantle domains reflected in geochemical differences: Nature Geoscience, vol. 13, p. 511-515,
31. Mitchell, R.N., Wu, L., Murphy, J.B., Li, Z.X., 2020, Trial by fire: Testing the paleolongitude of Pangea of competing reference frames with the African LLSVP: Geoscience Frontiers, vol. 11, p. 1253-1256,
30. El Dien, H., Doucet, L.S., Li, Z.X., Cox, G.M., Mitchell, R.N., 2019, Global geochemical fingerprinting of plume intensity suggests coupling with the supercontinent cycle: Nature Communications, vol. 10, 5270,
29. Doucet, L.S., Li, Z.X., Ernst, R.E., Kirscher, U., El Dien, H., Mitchell, R.N., 2019, Coupled supercontinent-mantle plume events evidenced by oceanic plume record: Geology, vol. 48, p. 159-163,  
28. Nordsvan, A.R., Barham, M., Cox, G., Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N., 2019, Major shoreline retreat and sediment starvation following Snowball Earth, Terra Nova, vol. 31, p. 495-502,  
27. Mitchell, R.N.* 2019, Spot the difference: Zircon disparity tracks crustal evolution: COMMENT, Geology, vol. 47, e479,  
26. Mitchell, R.N.*, Spencer, C.J., Kirscher, U., He, X.F., Murphy, J.B., Li, Z.X., and Collins, W.J., 2019, Harmonic hierarchy of mantle and lithospheric convective cycles: Time series analysis of hafnium isotopes of zircon: Gondwana Research, vol. 75, p. 239-248,
25. Spencer, C.J., Murphy, J.B., Hoiland, C.W., Johnston, S.T., Mitchell, R.N., and Collins, W.J., 2019 Evidence for whole mantle convection driving Cordilleran tectonics: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 46, p. 4239-4248,
24. Mitchell, R.N.*, Gernon, T.M, Nordsvan, A., Cox, G.M., Li, Z.-X., and Hoffman, P.F. 2019, Hit or miss: Glacial incisions of snowball Earth: Terra Nova, vol. 31, p. 381-389,
23. Li, Z.-X., Mitchell, R.N., Spencer, C.J., Ernst, R., Pisarevsky, S., Kirscher, U., Murphy, J.B., 2019, Decoding Earth’s rhythms: Modulation of supercontinent cycles by longer superocean episodes: Precambrian Research, vol. 323, p. 1-5,
22. Keller, C.B., Husson, J.M., Mitchell, R.N., Bottke, W.F., Gernon, T.M., Boehnke, P., Bell, E.A., Swanson-Hysell, N., Peters, S.E., 2019, Neoproterozoic glacial origin of the Great Unconformity: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 116, p. 1136-1145,
21. Milanese, F.N., Olivero, E.B., Raffi, M.E., Franceschinis, P.R., Gallo, L.C., Skinner, S.M., Mitchell, R.N., Kirschvink, J.L., and Rapalini, A.E., 2019, Mid Campanian‐Lower Maastrichtian magnetostratigraphy of the James Ross Basin, Antarctica: Chronostratigraphical implications: Basin Research, vol. 31, p. 562-583,
20. Kirscher, U., Li, Z.-X., Mitchell, R.N., Pisarevsky, S., Deynzyn, S., and Nordsvan, A., 2019, Paleomagnetism of the Hart Dolerite (Kimberly Region, North Australia craton): Two stage Nuna assembly? Precambrian Research, vol. 329, p. 170-181,
19. Liu, Y., Li, Z.-X., Pisarevsky, S.A., Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N., Stark, J.C., Clark, C., Hand, M., 2018, First Precambrian palaeomagnetic data from the Mawson Craton (East Antarctica) and tectonic implications: Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 16403,
18. Cox, G.M., Isakson, V., Hoffman, P.F., Gernon, T.M., Schmitz, M.D., Shahin, S., Collins, A.S., Preiss, W., Blades, M.L., Mitchell, R.N., Nordsvan, A., 2018, South Australian U-Pb (CA-ID-TIMS) age supports globally synchronous Sturtian glaciation: Precambrian Research, vol. 315, p. 257-263,
17. Liu, Y. Li, Z.-X., Pisarevsky, S., Kirscher, U., Mitchell, R.N., Stark, J.C., 2018, Palaeomagnetism of the 1.89 Ga Boonadgin dykes of the Yilgarn Craton: Possible connection with India: Precambrian Research, vol. 329, p. 211-223,
16. Cox, G.M., Mitchell, R.N., Lyons, T., Hasterock, D., Gard, M.G., 2018, Linking the rise of atmospheric oxygen to growth in the continental phosphorus inventory: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 489, p. 28-36,
15. Spencer, C.J., Murphy, J.B., Kirkland, C.L., Liu, Y., and Mitchell, R.N., 2018, A Palaeoproterozoic tectono-magmatic lull as a potential trigger for the supercontinent cycle: Nature Geoscience, vol. 11, p. 79-101,
14. Gong, Z., Xu, X.X., Evans, D.A.D., Hoffman, P.F., Mitchell, R.N., Bleeker, W., 2018, Paleomagnetism and rock magnetism of the ca. 1.87 Ga Pearson Formation, Northwest Territories, Canada: A test of vertical-axis rotation within the Great Slave basin: Precambrian Research, vol. 305, p. 295-309,
13. Buchan, K.L., Mitchell, R.N., Bleeker, W., Hamilton, M.A., and LeCheminant, A.N., 2016, Paleomagnetism of ca. 2.13-2.11 Ga Indin and ca. 1.885 Ga Ghost dyke swarms of the Slave craton: Implications for the Slave craton APW path and relative drift of Slave, Superior and Siberian cratons in the Paleoproterozoic: Precambrian Research, vol. 275, p. 151-175,
12. Mitchell, R.N.*, Raub, T.D., Silva, S.C., and Kirschvink, J.L., 2015, Was the Cambrian explosion both an effect and an artifact of true polar wander? American Journal of Science, vol. 315, p. 945-957, https://doi:10.2475/10.2015.02
11. Ward, P.D., Haggart, J.W., Mitchell, R.N., and Catlin, E., 2015, Quantitative morphological description of the Late Cretaceous ammonite Baculites inornatus Meek from western North America: implications for species concepts in the biostratigraphically important Baculitidae: The Journal of Paleontology, vol. 89, p. 594-610,
10. Mitchell, R.N.*, 2014, True polar wander and supercontinent cycles: Implications for lithospheric elasticity and the triaxial Earth: American Journal of Science, vol. 314, p. 966-979, https://doi:10.2475/05.2014.04
9. Mitchell, R.N.*, Bleeker, W., van Breemen, O., LeCheminant, A.N., Peng, P., and Nilsson, M.K.M., 2014, Plate tectonics before 2 Ga: Evidence from paleomagnetism of cratons within supercontinent Nuna: American Journal of Science, vol. 314, p. 878-894, https://doi:10.2475/04.2014.03
8. Tobin, T.S., Ward, P.D., Steig, E.J., Olivero, E.B., Hilburn, I.A., Mitchell, R.N., Diamond, M.R., Raub, T.D., and Kirschvink, J.L, 2012, Extinction patterns, δ18O trends, and magnetostratigraphy from a southern high-latitude Cretaceous-Paleogene section: Links with Deccan volcanism: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 350-352, p. 180-188,
7. Ward, P.D., Haggart, J.W., Mitchell, R.N., Kirschvink, J.L., and Tobin, T., 2012, Integration of macrofossil biostratigraphy and magnetostratigraphy for the Pacific Coast Upper Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian) of North America and implications for correlation with the Western Interior and Tethys: Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 124, p. 957-974, 
6. Mitchell, R.N.*, Kilian, T.M, and Evans, D.A.D., 2012, Supercontinent cycles and the calculation of absolute palaeolongitude in deep time: Nature, vol. 482, p. 208-211,
5. Mitchell, R.N.*, Kilian, T.M., Raub, T.D., Evans, D.A.D., Bleeker, W., and Maloof, A., 2011, Sutton hotspot: Resolving Ediacaran-Cambrian tectonics and true polar wander for Laurentia: American Journal of Science, vol. 311, p. 651-663, https://doi:10.2475/08.2011.01
4. Evans, D.A.D. and Mitchell, R.N., 2011, Assembly and breakup of the core of Paleo-Mesoproterozoic supercontinent Nuna: Geology, vol. 39, p. 443-446, , ISI-WOS ‘Highly Cited Paper’
3. Mitchell, R.N.*, Hoffman, P.F., Evans, D.A., 2010, Coronation loop resurrected: Oscillatory apparent polar wander of Orosirian (2.05-1.8 Ga) paleomagnetic poles from Slave craton: Precambrian Research, vol. 179, p. 121-134,
2. Mitchell, R.N.*, Evans, D.A., Kilian, T.M., 2010, Rapid Early Cambrian rotation of Gondwana: Geology, vol. 38, p. 755-758,
1. Mitchell, R.N.*, Bice, D.M., Montanari, A., Cleaveland, L.C., Christianson, K.T., Coccioni, R., and Hinnov, L.A., 2008, Oceanic Anoxic Cycles? Orbital Prelude to the Bonarelli Level (OAE 2): Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 267, p. 1-16,



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