Robert F. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office: 033 Halsey Science Center
Lab: 051 Halsey Science Center
Phone: (920) 424-0930
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
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, TM Schneider, AM Schwartz, MN Andersson, and DD McKenna. 2019. The diversity and evolution of odorant receptors in beetles (Coleoptera). Insect Mol. Biol. (in press)
- 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, T Curkovic, J Mongold-Diers, L Neuteboom, H-M Galbrecht, A Tröger, J Bergmann, W Francke, and LM Hanks. 2017. Evidence that cerambycid beetles mimic vespid wasps in odor as well as appearance. J. Chem. Ecol. 43: 75-83. [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.