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Affiliates Program

UW--Green Bay faculty and staff are integral to the conservation based work of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. The Center also works closely with researchers from other institutions and with staff at state and federal agencies and conservation based organizations.

In an effort to formalize this unique partnering between the Center and other scientists and managers that are engaged in activities that embody the mission of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity we have created an affiliate program.

We hope to make UW-Green Bay faculty and staff better aware of opportunities for support and other resources that the Cofrin Center has developed since its formation in 1999. We want to improve and expand collaborations among members of the UW-Green Bay community, including students, faculty, staff, and non-academic professionals who are engaged in activities that promote the mission of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. We also seek to recognize the support and contributions of conservation researchers that work with us.

How to Become an Affiliate

If you are interested in being recognized as a CCB Affiliate, review the benefits and expectations of affiliation listed below. Contact us by email with a memo confirming your interest and planned or past contributions. We look forward to building on the many accomplishments of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and improving communication among faculty, staff, students, and other professionals who are working to promote biodiversity conservation in the western Great Lakes region.   

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity provides the following to affiliates:

  1. Acknowledge principal investigators of affiliated projects in all reports and presentations where these projects are mentioned.
  2. Recognize CCB involvement, ongoing research and other notable activities on Cofrin Center for Biodiversity web site.
  3. Provide logistic support and background information for research on UW-Green Bay natural areas and other long term projects supported by the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity.   
  4. Consider student investigators for Cofrin Center for Biodiversity graduate assistantships and other funding resources. Graduate assistantships and other funds are available for work that is directly related to Cofrin Center for Biodiversity projects by faculty, staff, and affiliates; the more integrated the project is with the Center, the higher will be its priority for funding.   
  5. Assist in archiving data according to professional standards and provide access to information for students and future researchers, as approved or restricted by contributors. 
  6. Provide professional storage/curation of natural history specimens in Richter Museum and UWGB Herbarium. 
  7. Assist with GIS analyses, data management, media communication, and other technical needs, as resources permit. 
  8. Provide technical assistance and priority access to GPS receivers, cameras, rangefinders, binoculars, compasses, digital maps, and other types of field resources for research or teaching.
  9. Whenever possible and appropriate, contribute CCB staff time and matching funds for development of external grants.
  10. Provide support for participation in travel course to Panama and other collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Tropical Forest Science.

Affiliates agree to make contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Contribute to Cofrin Center for Biodiversity administrative activities such as committees, subcommittees, workshops, symposia, natural areas management, and collaborative research projects.
  2. Provide academic guidance as a mentor for students engaged in projects that are supported or associated in some way with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. 
  3. Participate in the Panama student travel course.
  4. Submit data relevant to biodiversity conservation of the Great Lakes Region and accompanying metadata to CCB archives, with appropriate restrictions preventing unauthorized use. 
  5. Deposit scientifically documented voucher specimens or duplicates in Richter Museum of Natural History, UWGB Herbarium, or other permanent UWGB collection if specimens are collected as part of a UWGB project.
  6. Participate in and encourage students to participate in academic events such as the annual Cofrin Student Research Symposium sponsored by the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and the weekly Seminar in Ecology and Evolution (Ecolunch) offered by the Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program. 
  7. Allow the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity to identify and advertise affiliated projects and people in annual reports and presentations, with appropriate credit given to investigators.
  8. Whenever possible, provide photographs for data archives and Cofrin Center for Biodiversity news reports or presentations, with the understanding that photographers and investigators will be appropriately acknowledged. 
  9. Contribute used equipment to shared research inventory when items are no longer needed.
  10. In all cases, affiliated faculty and staff will provide written acknowledgement of direct or indirect support from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity in publications, reports, and presentations.

Current List of Affiliates

Matt Dornbush ( Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Dornbush's primary research interest relate to the use of native plant restorations to improve ecosystem services, focusing principally upon their influence on soil organisms and processes. He has mentored several students in the Cofrin Grant program and has conducted research at Pt au Sable and the Cofrin Arboretum.

Mike Draney ( Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Mike Draney has been working with the CCB since its inception. He has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students conducting biodiversity related research, including several Cofrin grant recipients. He helped to develop the Panama Tropical Biology research course and has led the course in collaboration with other faculty for several years. This collaboration has allowed him to make significant contributions to invertebrate ecology in the tropics. He has also participated in the the Costa Rica travel course and teaches courses in entomology and invertebrate biology that rely on the Richter Museum collections. He maintains the invertebrate teaching collection and and has made many contributions to the Richter Museum's invertebrate collections. With CCB sponsorship and staff support Draney was able to bring the 2012 annual Arachnology Society meeting to the UW-Green Bay campus. The CCB has assisted Draney with his research through the use or purchase of field equipment and supplies. He has served on the CCB faculty advisory committee and provided scientific advice on CCB projects and led field trips or workshops on CCB managed natural areas. He and his wife, CCB staff member Vicki Medland, etablished the Land Trust Grant that provides additional research opportunities for student to conduct conservation based research in conjunction with the Cofrin Grants program.

Kevin Fermanich (Professor of Geosciences, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Fermanich has been a long term contributor to the Cofrin Center for Biodiversitry. He developed the Lower Fox River Watershed Program that allows high school teachers and their students to do water monitoring on tributaries of the lower Fox River. His research focusses on soil processes and ground water quality; nonpoint source pollution; watershed monitoring and management; fate of contaminants.

Patrick Forsythe (Assistant Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Forsythe's research interests are generally in the fields of population ecology and conservation biology focusing on aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes region. I tend to focus on questions that seek to understand the behavioral and ecological mechanisms that contribute to variation in the annual abundance of fish populations including lake sturgeon and yellow perch. He and his students are working with Biodiversity Center staff on the restoration of Point au Sable, including projects on fish biodiversity, Northern Pike habitat, and sport fishing and coastal wetlands.

John Luczaj (Professor of Geosciences, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Luczaj's research focusses on water-rock interaction in eastern Wisconsin Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, arsenic in northeastern Wisconsin rocks and groundwater, fluid-inclusions in minerals, carbonate diagenesis, Mississippi Valley-Type mineralization, bedrock geology of Brown County, Wisconsin. He and his students have done research related to the geology of the Niagara Escarpment and the fossils of Brussels Hill Cave.

Wil Niedzwiedz (Emeritus Professor, Public & Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Niedzwiedz uses Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing applications and mapping, for land use planning, wetland/shoreland conservation, natural resource planning, environmental impact assessment, and designing environments.

John Stoll (Professor, Public & Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Stoll's research includes projects related to environmental and natural resource economics, contingent valuation techniques, outdoor recreation, conservation of species and habitat.

Lora Warner (Associate Professor, Public & Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Warner has research interests in outcome measurement, evaluation research, and nonprofit management.

Amy Wolf (Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Dr. Wolf's work has focused on the ecology of plant-animal interactions, including studies of host specific insects (northern blue butterfly), rare plants (serpentine morning glory), and Wisconsin bees. I also am co-leader of the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot managed through the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, and part of a global network of intensive, long term forest research sites initiated by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Tropical Forest Science. Undergraduates and graduate students under my supervision have studied invasive plant species, aquatic macrophytes, forest understory plants, bat biology, and pollination ecology.