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Ducks fly over rough water on the Bay of Green Bay.


Our graduates include scientists, writers, technicians, educators, environmentalists, historians, and entrepreneur. Many of our students continue on to graduate school to continue their education, while others find jobs with agencies like the US Park Service, non-governmental organizations like The Nature Conservancy, private consultants or contractors.  Our alumni agree that their successes hinged on the real world and advanced training opportunities they received through the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and the Natural and Applied sciences program.

We will be listing our Alumni here as we accumulate more information about them. Do you want to be on our alumni page? We would love to hear from you! Just send a photo of yourself and a short paragraph detailing your graduation date, projects or activities with biodiversity center, and a paragraph describing what biodiversity-related activities you do today to

Keep in touch with alumni through the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity facebook page. Post photos and update us on important milestones in your lives.

Where are they now?

Bruce Snyder and friend. Bruce Snyder received his undergraduate and masters degrees at UW-Green Bay. In addition to working for the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, he received two Cofrin Student Research grants. The results of one the research projects was published in The Great Lakes Entomologist in 2005 and 2008. He went on to get his doctoral degree at the University of Georgia and is now an instructor at Kansas State University. He recently told us that independent research were important to him and "put me on a path to graduate school and ultimately to where I am now."

Russ Japuntich graduated from UWGB with degrees in Environmental Science and a masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy. He participated in the Cofrin research grants program. Today, Russ is a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. Russ said that “The Biodiversity Center was an integral part of my education and development at UWGB.  The Center gave me the hands-on experience on the techniques I was taught along with helping to develop a larger ecosystem approach to land management.” 

Russ Japuntich.

  Marci Johnson.

Marci Johnson did her thesis research on black bears in northern Wisconsin. She continues to study large mammals as a wildlife biologist with the National Park Service in Alaska. Her work takes her to the Western Arctic National Parklands: Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Noatak National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

After working as a naturalist at Fallen Timbers Nature Center, Kathryn decided to return to college to pursue her interests in botany. She worked in the UWGB Herbarium and helped to establish a student botanist group on campus, and was on the team conducted the initial survey of the Wabikon Forest Dynamics plot. After graduating from UW-Green Bay with a master's degree she joined the staff at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she works in the herbarium.

Kathryn Corio.