Robert Schmitz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Office: TNR 380
Phone: (715) 346-2420
Fax: (715) 346-3624


Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina (1993)
M.S., Anatomy - University of IL at Chicago (1982)
B.S., Zoology - University of Washington (1976)


Bio 326 - Techniques in Biological Electron Microscopy
Bio 373 - Comparative Vertebrate Histology
Bio 387 - Human Anatomy
Bio 399 - Independednt Study in Biology
Bio 498 - Advanced Human Dissection


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Dr. Schmitz grew up in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin and graduated from Kimberly High School in 1971. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and recieved a B.S. degree in Zoology in 1976. After completing his Master of Science Degree in the Anatomy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982, Bob worked at the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) in the Division of Fishes for three years. In 1985, Dr. Schmitz began teaching Human Anatomy at the National College of Chiropractic. With the urging of Dr.Bob Johnson of the College of Charleston, he decided to pursue his doctoral degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1987 and defended his dissertation in 1993. Dr. Schmitz joined the Biology Faculty at UWSP in 1992.

Research Areas

Structure and function of the notochord in vertebrates, particularly fishes; Fine structure of cartilage in bony fishes; Fine structure of fin rays in bony fishes; The role of the vertebral column in fish swimming.​


1998 Comparative Ultrastructure of the Cellular Components of the Unconstricted Notochord in the Sturgeon and the Lungfish, J. Morphology 236:75-104.
1998 Immunohistochemical Identification of the Cytoskeletal Elements in the Notochord Cells of Bony Fishes, J. Morphology 236:105-116.
1995 Ultrastructure and Function of the Cellular Components Intercentral Joint in the Percoid Vertebral Column, J. Morphology 226:1-24.

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