University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Rob Michitsch was born raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of
Guelph, Ontario, attaining his BSc in Environmental Sciences while actively participating in athletic,
coaching and extra-curricular academic pursuits. Deciding to concentrate on waste management
issues, Rob remained at the University of Guelph to attain his MSc in Soil Science and Waste
Management, successfully re-using a wastewater by-product as a plant nutritive supplement in field,
pot and hydroponic applications. The wastewater was produced through the anaerobic digestion of municipal organic waste.
Following his experiences in Guelph, Rob accepted a Research Associate position with the Nova
Scotia Department of Agriculture working on several climate change and waste management projects. One such project was to actively biopile/compost slaughterhouse-residual materials at commercial slaughterhouse facilities in Nova Scotia. Observing the need for further research due to pending disposal regulations for specified risk materials, Mr. Michitsch began his doctoral studies andresearch at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in this area.
Since Fall 2009, Dr. Michitsch has held an Assistant/Associate Professor position at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the Soil & Waste Resources Discipline, which is in the College of Natural Resources. He teaches classes in the areas of soil science and waste management, focusing on soil and plant analysis, biogeochemistry, composting and solid waste management topics. His research interests include the compostability of plastics and polymers, compost microbiology, compost teas, the breakdown of fluoropolymers, and waste re-use.
Dr. Michitsch has been a member of the USCC Board of Directors for the past 4 years, and is currently a Trustee with the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation. He is currently working with the City of Stevens Point to establish a municipal composting program. In July 2017 and 2018, he was a lead instructor at the Midwest Compost School.
Tuesday, January 29
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM