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


The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity employs undergraduate and graduate students as research technicians on a variety of projects each year. This year students are working in the field on several projects including the installation and monitoring of dendrology bands on trees in Mahon Woods on campus and at the Wabikon Forest Plot in the Nicolet National Forest, bird banding and surveying bird populations at Point au Sable, battling invasive plant control in the Cofrin Arboretum and at Toft Point, and conducting preliminary surveys for a restoration effort at Point au Sable. Students are also helping to curate museum specimens and to process and catalog herbarium vouchers.

Interested in joining the team? Projects vary from year to year, but most positions require advanced skills. We especially need students that have good field plant or bird identification skills. Students interested in applying should have taken ecology and at least one advanced field course. Another great way to get learn more about field research and gain experience, especially if you haven't taken any advanced courses, is to become a volunteer. We always have projects available for motivated students.

Stephanie Beilke

Stephanie Belke

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Project Field Crew Leader

I am a graduate student in the Environmental Science & Policy Master's program at UW-Green Bay. I will be helping the Coastal Wetland Monitoring Crew and the Wabikon Forest Crew this summer. I love birds and I love field work. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S., 2007), I worked a variety of field research jobs. I assisted graduate students Wisconsin and Ohio and volunteered with bird banding projects in Wisconsin, Texas, Peru, and Ecuador. My goal is to continue learning about birds and other wildlife and the unique habitats they occupy. I would also like to help educate others about wildlife and spread awareness of environmental and conservation issues.

Chelsea Gunther

Chelsea Gunther.

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Project Field Crew
Invasive Species Removal Crew

I am an undergraduate at UWGB majoring in Biology (Animal Biology emphasis) and minoring in Environmental Science. I am working with a group that will be re-surveying the Mahon Forest Dynamics Plot in the Cofrin Arboretum. We will be measuring all of the trees in a one-hectare area in Mahon Woods. I will also assist researchers at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin this summer. In the office I work with environmental resources specialist Patrick Robinson helping him to organize workshops related to climate change preparedness. I am a contributor to the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity blog and website where I have been writing features on the many of the Center’s projects. I chose this job because I knew I would gain vital work experience and meet many new people. This job has really helped me in directing where I want to go with my career. I'm planning on continuing on with graduate work that will allow me to have a career in science communications and wildlife conservation. I hope to do research in animal behavior and work specifically with dogs.

Kaylene KramerKaylen  Kramer.

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Project Field Crew
Invasive Species Removal Crew

I am an undergraduate at UW-Green Bay with a major in biology with a double emphasis in animal biology and ecology and conservation biology as well as minoring in environmental science. I am currently working as a research assistant for the Great Lakes Costal Wetland Monitoring Project. I have had a love of animals for as long as I can remember and I would love to transform that passion into a career. I am would really enjoy having a career as a wildlife or park manager. Also, owning and running my own horse stable is a big dream of mine. I do not plan on going onto graduate school but will instead go right into the science field when I graduate in 2015.

Brianna KupskyBrianna Kupsky.

Museum Assistant

Brianna is a graduate student in ES&P working on a biofuels grassland project.

Tom PrestbyTom Prestby.

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Project Field Crew

I am a Graduate Student working on bird research under Bob Howe. Bird watching has been a major hobby of mine since I was a little boy and throughout my life, I have escalated that hobby into a career. I received my undergraduate degree in Forest and Wildlife Ecology from UW-Madison in 2009 and worked as a bird research technician for the Wisconsin DNR after graduating. Projects included breeding bird surveys in the north woods of Wisconsin, marshbird surveys in wetlands throughout the state, Wisconsin boreal bird surveys including trapping and telemetry with Spruce Grouse, grassland bird nest searching, and grassland bird habitat mapping. I also spent a fall at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory as the fall waterbird migration counter. I look forward to my time at UWGB over the next couple years and would like to work in bird conservation and research upon receiving my Master’s degree.

Jesse Weinzinger.Jesse Weinzinger

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Project Field Crew
Invasive Species Removal Crew

I am an undergraduate at UW-Green Bay Biology majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Science Minor. I'm especially interested in animal biology. This summer I am conducting amphibian and avian surveys for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program and I am also a crew member for the Lake Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot. I am conducting a Mammal Survey of the Wabikon Lake Forest Dynamics Plot as an independent project with the help of a Cofrin research grant. The objectives of my study are to create a master list of mammal species for the plot and better understand small mammal assemblages using this forest area. Field research is extremely important to me. I feel it will be an invaluable experience that can only benefit me as I pursue a career in biology. My field experience has helped me identify the upper level courses I need to be competitive. I am going to take Mammalogy, Ornithology, GIS, and Field Botany.  I also plan on participating in ecology travel courses at UW-Green Bay. I will be traveling to Costa Rica this winter and I hope to study in Panama and Australia during future expeditions. Once I graduate, I plan on pursuing a Master of Science degree. I believe this type of field experience will greatly benefit me compete more effectively as I apply to graduate schools. I have gained invaluable experience in understanding field methods and techniques by working with faculty and other students.