Information for prospective students:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert F. Mitchell
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Rob Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Duke University, a Master’s and PhD from the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed a 3-year postdoctoral tour in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona before joining the UWO Department of Biology in 2015. He studies the chemical ecology of insects, and is especially interested in the olfactory biology of beetles. He is also curator of the UW Oshkosh Insect Collection, a regional collection of approximately 200,000 specimens.
Lyndsay completed an undergraduate major in biology at UWO and joined the lab in Fall 2017. She is presently completing her thesis on the form and function of stridulatory plates in longhorned beetles.
Kayla completed an undergraduate major in entomology at UW Madison and joined the lab in Fall 2022. She is using comparative transcriptomics to study the evolution and specialization of chemoreceptors across subfamilies of longhorned beetles.
Jacob is a junior biology major who joined the collection team in Spring 2020. He assists in maintaining the pinned collection, as well as databasing and processing the Hymenoptera collection.
Mathew is a senior biology/philosophy double major and joined the lab in Spring 2021. He is assisting in numerous projects, including electroantennography, olfactory gene annotation, and field collection of beetle specimens.
Geryd is a sophomore biology major and joined the lab in Spring 2022 to study the chemical ecology of scarab beetles. He wrote and received an Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Grant to support his research!
Josh is a senior microbiology major and computer science minor, and joined the lab in Fall 2022. He is assisting in streamlining the bioinformatics methods used by lab members to annotate olfactory genes.
McNair Scholar and Independent Study, 2021-2022
Annotation of olfactory genes from burying beetles.
Independent Study, 2020
Potential of air handlers as insect sampling devices
McNair Scholar and Research Assistant, 2019-2020
Annotation of olfactory genes from numerous beetle genomes.
Research Assistant, 2019-2020
Electroantennography of Colorado potato beetle.
Graduate Research, 2017-2020
Antennal lobe structure of longhorned beetles.
Research Assistant, 2018-2019
Dissection and SEM prep of beetle stridulatory plates.
Research Assistant, 2018-2019
Annotation of ORs from lesser grain borer and mealworm genomes.
Independent Study, 2018-2019
Curation and analysis of calyptrate flies in the UWO collection.
Research Assistant, 2016-2018
Annotation of olfactory receptors from numerous beetle genomes.
Independent Study, 2017
Effects of flooding and drought on volatile production of wild lupine.
Independent Study, 2016
Urbanization effect on longhorned beetle populations.
Research Assistant, 2015-2016
Annotation of olfactory genes from the emerald ash borer genome.
Velai Her, 2021-2022
Sara Rottman, 2020-2021
Douglas Mittelstaedt, 2020-2021
Nathan Nozzi, 2020
Ben App, 2016-2019
Evan Laplant, 2018-2019
Naomi Krawczyk, 2019
Kyle Kettner, 2017-2018
Amber All, 2016-2017