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Researchers at the Wabikon Plot
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Scientists Conducting Biodiversity Related Research at UW Green Bay

Scientists associated with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity are actively engaged in research programs and regularly publish their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Faculty associated with the center teach a wide variety of hands on environmental science and biology courses including travel courses to Panama, Costa Rica, and soon to Australia. These faculty also support graduate and undergraduate student research as opportunities in student researchat UW Green Bay.

Matt Dornbush

Dr. Dornbush's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which dominant species arise and subsequently affect ecosystem processes.  This makes the investigation of exotic plant invasion a central component of his research.  Accordingly, he is also very interested in understanding the ecological basis for, and subsequent effects of, restoring diverse native plant communities.  Within this broad area, he is particularly interested in belowground ecology, and tries to bring a systems-based perspective to research questions.  He also puts considerable effort into providing international-educational experiences for both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Dornbush teaches several courses in biology and botany and leads the Costa Rica travel course.

Michael Draney

Dr. Draney is interested in the ecology and taxonomy of spiders and ground-dwelling arthropods; winter-active arthropods; life history strategies; inventory, monitoring and assessment techniques for terrestrial arthropods. Most recently he has been conducting research on spider communities in mangroves and tropical rainforests. He teaches field courses in entomology and invertebrate biology and leads the Panama Research travel course.

Kevin Fermanich

Dr. Fermanich's research interests include soil processes and ground water quality; hydrology of wetlands; fate of contaminants. He leads the Costa Rica travel course. He, along with Professor Emeritus Bud Harris developed the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Project that allows high school students to collect data on tributaries of the Fox River. He also manages the Mahon Creek Water monitoring station in the Cofrin Arboretum.

Gary Fewless

Gary Fewless is the curator of the UW Green Bay Herbarium and teaches field botany, wetland ecology, and plant taxonomy. His research includes the taxonomy of several rare and endangered plant species in Wisconsin. He is one of the faculty directing research at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot.

Robert Howe

Dr. Howe is the director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. His interests include terrestrial ecology and conservation biology; ecological indicators; bird population dynamics; population monitoring; landscape ecology; conservation design residential development; disease ecology; black bear ecology; evolutionary ecology. His current research includes analysis of forest dynamics at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Research Plot and development of ecological indicators in the Great Lakes. He leads the Panama Research Travel Course.

Amy Wolf

Dr. Wolf is an ecologist with research interests in plant-animal interactions, population biology, and biodiversity conservation. Her research has involved a broad range of organisms, including serpentine endemic plants in California, an endangered northern butterfly and its endangered host plant, Wisconsin's native bees, and forest birds. Currently she is a principal investigator of the Wabikon Lake Forest Dynamics Plot, an intensive study of forest ecology in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution's Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) program, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. She leads the Panama research travel course.