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University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.465.5032 (Office Manager)
920.465.2143 (FAX)

Faculty and Staff

Student Technicians

Erin Giese
Robert Howe
Kim Mckeefry
Vicki Medland
Dan Meinhardt
Bobbie Webster

Arboretum/Natural Areas Field Crew  

  • Bahling, Jennifer
  • Brodhagen, Patrick
  • Bulat, Fedor
  • Kessler, Jessica
  • Malcore, Rebecca
  • Raymond, Clint
  • Ruleau, Autumn
  • Stuart, Claire
  • Swenson, Norah

Richter Museum Assistants 

  • Bontrager, Beth
  • Mittlestadt, Amanda

CCB Videographer                    

  • Pahl, Jared

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Project  

  • Arneson, Jade
  • Bulat, Fedor
  • Hohman, Tara
  • Lafkas, Demetrius
  • Pantzlaff, Jacob
  • Tanner, Colton
  • Weber, Emily

Fund for Lake Michigan Project              

  • Bahling, Jennifer
  • Brodhagen, Patrick
  • Bulat, Fedor
  • Kessler, Jessica
  • Malcore, Rebecca
  • Raymond, Clint
  • Ruleau, Autumn
  • Stuart, Claire
  • Swenson, Norah

Aquatic Invasive Species Crew

  • Bahling, Jennifer
  • Bulat, Fedor
  • Kessler, Jessica
  • Malcore, Rebecca
  • Raymond, Clint
  • Ruleau, Autumn
  • Stuart, Claire
  • Swenson, Norah

Ridges Sanctuary-Toft Point Invasive Plants 

  • Kessler, Jessica
  • Ruleau, Autumn
  • Swenson, Norah

Wabikon Field Crew

  • Lukas Magee
  • Jonathon Schubbe
  • Jake Barnes
  • Brandon Byrne
  • Kyle Hansen
  • Alicia Krause
  • Matt Kugel
  • Margaret Magee
  • Kenzie Ostien
  • Woulf, Jacob
  • Juan Bedoyacastrillon


CCB Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Karen Stahlheber, Assistant Professor, Natural & Applied Sciences (Chair)
  • Mike Draney, Professor, Chair of Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Matt Dornbush, Asst. Vice Chancellor, Dir. of Graduate Studies, Professor, Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Kevin Fermanich, Professor, Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Daniel Moore, University Videographer/Photographer
  • David Helpap , Assistant Professor, Public ad Environmental Affairs
  • Paul Pinkston, Director of Facilities Planning and Management (Ex Officio)

CCB Affiliates

Thhe Affiliate Program recognizes the 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. Learn more about the program and the affiliate partners.

  • Matt Dornbush (Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)
  • Mike Draney ( Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)
  • Gary Fewless ( Emeritus Botanist, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)
  • Kevin Fermanich (Professor of Geosciences, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)
  • Patrick Forsythe (Assistant Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)
  • John Luczaj (Professor of Geosciences, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)
  • Wil Niedzwiedz (Emeritus Professor, Public & Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay)
  • John Stoll (Professor, Public & Environmental Affairs, UW-Green Bay)
  • Lora Warner (Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Public Affairs, UW-Green Bay)
  • Amy Wolf (Professor of Biology, Natural & Applied Science, UW-Green Bay)

Staff Bios

Gary Fewless.

Gary Fewless, Emeritus Botanist,

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Herbarium

Gary Fewless is a botanist with broad interests in the native flora of the western Great Lakes, and over 30 years experience with wetlands, rare species and invasive plants.  He conducts research involving local native plants and provides content to Cofrin Center for Biodiversity web pages including extensive web sites for Wisconsin Trees, Ferns and other plants and an on-going phenology website extending back to 2000.  He also provides photographs for biodiversity teaching, websites and other educational venues.

In his free time he enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking and camping.

Erin Gnass.

Erin Giese, Data Manager

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 124A 920.465.2545

I recently defended my graduate thesis and graduated in May 2012 with a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (Ecosystems Studies emphasis).  I earned my undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. My current job is Data Manager. I am primarily responsible for archiving, managing, and organizing the Biodiversity Center’s scientific data collections, including UWGB’s natural history collections from the Richter Museum and Herbarium, Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey, and other research projects. Through small training sessions, I assist students in learning how to enter and manage their own data collections, particularly for Cofrin Student Research Projects.  For the Biodiversity Center, I handle relationships between UWGB and other organizations involving data-sharing agreements and policies. I also work with other organizations in managing and updating the Birder Certification Online, which is a website designed to test visual and audio identification skills of birders.

I am also working through the summer of 2012 as a Field Crew Leader for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (GLCWMP). I select survey sites, coordinate field crews, help field assistants, plan survey trips, conduct amphibian and bird surveys, and enter and manage collected data. I truly love organizing and managing data, working on conservation projects, working with others, and conducting field work, which is why I chose these jobs. I really enjoy attending and helping with the annual Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey by conducting bird surveys with birders from across the State of Wisconsin.

Bob Howe

Robert Howe, Director

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 212B 920.465.2272

Bob Howe is the founding Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professor of Natural Science at UW-Green Bay. He has been a faculty member in UWGB's Department of Natural and Applied Sciences since 1984, where he has taught courses ranging from introductory environmental science to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in biology and ecology. In addition to administrative responsibilities with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, he maintains an active research program involving bird population dynamics, northern forest ecosystems, and the ecology and conservation of Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Bob is author or co-author of more than 50 scientific publications, including The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin and papers in international journals like Ecology, Evolution, Biological Conservation, and Journal of Wildlife Management.    

A proud father of three boys, Bob enjoys biking, nature-watching, and traveling to parks and natural areas around the world with his family. He and his wife, Dr. Amy Wolf, lead international travel courses to Panama and (upcoming in 2013) Australia. Bob also is a youth soccer coach and an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Kim Mckeefry.

Kim McKeefry, Office Manager

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 212 920.465.5032

Kim splits her time providing support for the Biodiversity Center and Sea Grant. Kim's work includes managing student payroll and accounts payable, room reservations, equipment and library checkout and inventory. She also assists the data manager and the director in data archiving. She provides support for meetings registration & logistics. She greets guests, answers general questions, and assists the staff in getting their work done by keeping the office in shape and the resources present.

Vicki Medland.

Vicki Medland, Associate Director

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 218E 920.465.2342

Dr. Medland works cooperatively with the Director to ensure that the center is achieving its mission of education and research. She works closely with staff and partners involved in various outreach projects including the web and social networking sites, K-12 and citizen science programs. Vicki leads the Panama research course with her husband Mike Draney in alternate years and teaches courses in environmental science. She is active with the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation and the Ridges Sanctuary where she serves on the board of directors. She is also the coordinator for the NAS Heirloom Plant sale.

Like so many kids, her dream of becoming a marine biologist was stymied by a midwestern life-style. Fortunately, guided by a dedicated professor at UW Madison, she eventually became an evolutionary biologist who focused on studying the life history and behavior of organisms living complex life-cycles in temporary pools. At home she dabbles in gardening, cuisine, writing, and scientific illustration.

Dan Meinhardt.

Dan Meinhardt, Curator of Richter Museum

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 212 920.465.2398

Dan Meinhardt is Curator of the Richter Museum of Natural History and Associate Professor of Human Biology, Biology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. He is responsible for overseeing the care, maintenance, loans, and visitors to the collections. Dr. Meinhardt’s research interests include the development and evolution of the vertebrate skeleton, the causes and implications of variation in sex and gender, the philosophy of science, and the relationship between art and science. He teaches courses in comparative vertebrate anatomy and evolutionary biology, as well as seminars in biology and the relationship between art and science. Dr. Meinhardt is an accomplished illustrator, photographer, and artist, and regularly collaborates with UW-Green Bay Art faculty and area artists.

Bobbie Webster.

Bobbie Webster, Natural Areas Ecologist

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 218A

Bobbie assists with the management of natural areas totaling over 1,200 acres, including the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, Point au Sable Nature Reserve, Toft Point Natural Area, Peninsula Sanctuary, Kingfisher Farm, and Lenfestey Courtyard. Working under the general supervision of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Director and in collaboration with the Department of Facilities Management's Supervisor of Grounds, she coordinates invasive species control, trail maintenance, ecological restoration, biological monitoring, signage, and other activities consistent with management plans.  She also works with students, faculty, and volunteers on research projects and/or field trips conducted on the UW-Green Bay natural areas. She supervises the efforts of volunteer groups that support the management goals of UW-Green Bay natural areas.

Bobbie has considerable experience working in land management with previous positions with The Door County Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and WI DNR. She received both her M.S. in Natural Resources and her B.S. in Public Administration and Policy Analysis, Political Science, and Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point.