Biology

Amy Wolf

Amy Wolf

Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences
LS 466

Research Interests

My 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, part of a global network of intensive, long term forest research sites initiated by the Smithsonian... Read more »

Mathew Dornbush

Mathew Dornbush

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies
CL 835I

Research Interests

My primary research interest relates to the use of native plant restorations to improve ecosystem services, focusing principally upon their influence on soil organisms and processes.

Education

Ph.D. 2005 Iowa State University, Ames, IA; M.S. 2001 Iowa State University, Ames, IA; B.A. 1998 Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Michael Draney

Michael Draney

Natural & Applied Sciences Chair/Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 461

Research Interests

I am interested in conservation applications of terrestrial arthropod assemblages, especially spiders, and have a particular interest in the ecology and taxonomy of sheet web spiders (family Linyphiidae).

Education

Ph.D., Entomology, 1997, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Certificate in Environmental Ethics, 1995, University of Georgia,... Read more »

Patrick Forsythe

Patrick Forsythe

Associate Professor/Chair Environmental Science & Policy
Natural & Applied Sciences
LS 451

Research Interests

My 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... Read more »

Lisa Grubisha

Lisa Grubisha

Assistant Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 445

Research Interests

Fungal ecology and evolution, Microbial diversity and function, Conservation Biology, Population Genetics, Phylogenetics

Education

PhD., University of California Berkeley; M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

James Horn

James Horn

Lecturer; Curator of Gary A. Fewless Herbarium
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
MAC 147

Website

Gary A. Fewless Herbarium

Research Interests

Phylogenetic systematics of flowering plants Dilleniales, Malpighiales, Malvales) and plant anatomy.

Education

B.S. Cornell University; M.S. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Ph.D. Duke University

Christopher Houghton

Christopher Houghton

Assistant Scientist
Natural & Applied Sciences
LS 413

Robert Howe

Robert Howe

Professor; Director of Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
Cofrin Center for BioDiversity
MAC 212F

Research Interests

Although much of my early work involved bird population ecology, I have published recent articles on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, environmental indicators, landscape ecology, and forest dynamics; my students have investigated a wide diversity of organisms ranging from soil invertebrates to mammals. As Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, I am... Read more »

Vicki Medland

Vicki Medland

Administrative Specialist
Cofrin Center for BioDiversity
MAC 218E

Emphases or Area of Research

Aquatic ecology, animal behavior, evolution of dormancy, evolution of mating systems. Current research: mating behavior of Eulimnadia texana, an androdioecious shrimp.

Education

B.S. (1984) University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. (1989) New Mexico State; Ph.D. (1997) University of Georgia

Karen Stahlheber

Karen Stahlheber

Assistant Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 433

Website

http://www.karenstahlheber.com/

Research Interests

I am a plant community ecologist interested in the connections among species diversity, ecosystem processes and human management. My past and current projects span natural and agricultural landscapes, with a focus on savannas and grasslands. Presently my... Read more »