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Robert F. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert MitchellAssociate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office: 111C Halsey Science Center
Lab: 111 Halsey Science Center
Phone: (920) 424-0930

Curriculum vitae

For more information, please visit the
Mitchell Lab homepage




  • Ph.D., 2012, Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., 2008, Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., 2005, Biology, Duke University


  • BIO105: Biological Concepts – Unity
  • BIO230: Biology of Animals
  • BIO332/532: Entomology
  • BIO766: Chemical Ecology

Research Interests

Dr. Mitchell studies the chemical compounds that insects use in defense, navigation, and communication, and how these compounds affect the ecology and evolution of insect species, especially the wood-boring longhorned beetles (family Cerambycidae).  Major areas of research include discovery and field testing of novel compounds, sequencing molecular chemoreceptors, and mapping neural pathways involved in chemoreception.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Mitchell, RF, and MN Andersson. 2020. Olfactory Genomics of the Coleoptera. In: Blomquist, G, and R Vogt (eds), Insect Pheromone Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2nd Ed. Academic Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 547-590. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, TM Schneider, AM Schwartz, MN Andersson, and DD McKenna. 2020. The diversity and evolution of odorant receptors in beetles (Coleoptera).  Insect Mol. Biol. 29: 77-91. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, AM Ray, LM Hanks, and JG Millar. 2018. The common natural products (S)-α-terpineol and (E)-2-hexenol are important pheromone components of Megacyllene antennata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Environ. Entomol. 47:1547-1552. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, LP Hall, PF Reagel, DD McKenna, TC Baker, and JG Hildebrand. 2017. Odorant receptors and antennal lobe morphology offer a new approach to understanding the olfactory biology of the Asian longhorned beetle. J. Comp. Physiol. A 203: 99-109. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, PF Reagel, JCH Wong, LR Meier, WD Silva, J Mongold-Diers, JG Millar, LM Hanks. 2015. Cerambycid beetle species with similar pheromones are segregated by phenology and minor pheromone components. J. Chem. Ecol. 41: 431-440. [link]
  • Goldman-Huertas, B, RF Mitchell, RT Lapoint, CP Faucher, JG Hildebrand, and NK Whiteman. 2015. Evolution of herbivory in Drosophilidae linked to loss of behaviors, antennal responses, odorant receptors, and ancestral diet. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112: 3026-3031. [link]

For a full publication list, click here.