Rob-Michitsch-photo.pngRobert Michitsch, Ph.D.


Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-4190
Fax: (715) 346-3624
Office: TNR 276



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.


  • B.Sc. – Env'l Sciences: Monitoring & Analysis, Env'l Degradation, University of Guelph
  • M.Sc. – Soil Science (Waste Management), University of Guelph
  • Ph.D. – Biological Engineering (Waste Management), Dalhousie University

Professional Affiliations

  • Agronomy, Crop Science and Soil Science Societies of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA)
  • Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS)
  • International Union of Soil Scientists (IUSS)
  • Soil Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
  • United States Composting Council (USCC)

Positions Held: Academic

  • 09/20 - Present: Professor, Soil & Waste Resources, UW-Stevens Point
  • 09/15 - 09/20: Associate Professor, Soil & Waste Resources, UW-Stevens Point
  • 08/09 - 08/15: Assistant Professor, Soil and Waste Resources, UW-Stevens Point


Michitsch et al. 2017. Bacterial pathogen occurrence and persistence in livestock mortality biopiles. Resources 6(4): 49.

Michitsch et al. 2015. Bacterial pathogen transport from livestock mortality biopiles. Journal of Environmental Quality 44(5): 1355-1365.

Michitsch, R et al. 2011. A system to evaluate livestock mortality biopiles. Journal of Applied Agricultural Research 3: 85-101.

Michitsch et al. 2010. Secondary fate of pathogenic bacteria in livestock mortality biopiles. World Congress of Soil Science. Brisbane, Australia.6 August 2010.

Michitsch et al. 2008. Fertigation of cool season turfgrass species with anaerobic digestate wastewater. Floriculture and Ornamental Biotechnology 2(2): 32-38.

Michitsch et al. 2007. Use of wastewater and compost extracts as nutrient sources for growing nursery and turfgrass species. Journal of Environmental Quality 36(4): 1031-1041.

Michitsch et al. 2003. Use of spent mushroom compost leachate for growing turf and nursery species in hydroponic culture. Mushroom World 14 (3): 21-23.