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Robert Michitsch


I teach classes in the soil and waste resource areas, focusing on soil/plant analysis, composting, and waste resources topics. My current research interests include the compostability of plastics and polymers, compost microbiology, the breakdown of fluoropolymers, waste re-use, soil fertility, and composting to eradicate Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) prions and for general mortality management.


  • 01/23-Present  SWANA Communication, Education, Marketing Vice-Director
  • 11/23-Present  Compost Science & Utilization Journal, Associate Editor
  • 03/22-Present  United States Department of Agriculture Composting Subject Matter Expert
  • 09/18-Present Sustainability Platform, Special advisor
  • 08/12-Present   UWSP Waste Management Society (WMS), Faculty Advisor
  • 01/12-Present   UWSP Soil & Water Conversation Society (SWCS), Faculty Advisor
  • 01/14-12/20      United States Composting Council (USCC), Board of Directors member
  • 01/13-12/16      Soil Science Society of America Board of Directors, Early Career Member representative

Fun Facts

Best advice you ever received?

If you want to be treated like a professional, act like a professional.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Professional NFL Football Player

Favorite quote?

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” – Albert Einstein

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Student interaction and that no single day is ever the same.

A piece of advice for students?

Jump in, we’re here for you!

Rob Michitsch
Professor of Soil and Waste Resources

276 Trainer Natural Resources


Ph.D. Biological Engineering (Waste Management)
Dalhousie University

M.Sc. Soil Science (Waste Management)
University of Guelph

B.Sc. Env'l Sciences: Monitoring & Analysis, Env'l Degradation
University of Guelph