Contact

Email us at biodiversity@uwgb.edu 

Location

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is located in the Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall, room 212, on the UW-Green Bay campus (see campus map).

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
MAC 212
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Emergency Contact

Please reach out to UW-Green Bay's Public Safety Department in case of an emergency at (920) 465-2300 or view their website.


Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Staff

Below is a list of our staff starting with the director, followed by staff ordered alphabetically by last name.

Robert Howe

Robert Howe

Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity; Professor - Chair of Biology
MAC 212F

Bob Howe (he/him/his) is the founding Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and a Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences. He has been a faculty member at UW-Green Bay since 1984, teaching courses in environmental science, conservation, ecology, mammalogy, and ornithology. In addition to administrative responsibilities with the Cofrin Center for... Read more »

Samantha Betancur

Samantha Betancur

Camps & Outreach Coordinator
ES 317

Samantha Betancur (she/her/hers) serves as the Camps and Outreach Coordinator. As the Coordinator, she works with faculty and surrounding community partners to create STEM-focused opportunities for the community to engage in. Samantha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in animal behavior from Carroll University. She also has a Master of Arts in Biology with a... Read more »

Jacob Depas

Jacob Depas

Director Of Development
CL 805B

Jacob Depas (he/him/his) serves as the Director of Development at his alma mater. Jacob's efforts are dedicated to working with alumni, businesses, organizations, community leaders and individuals to secure private funding and partnerships to support university priorities. Jacob works closely with all University efforts especially within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.... Read more »

Erin Giese

Erin Giese

Senior Research Specialist
MAC 212B

Erin Giese (she/her/hers) is the Senior Research Specialist and manages and archives the Center's data collections, including helping students and staff. She coordinates and conducts field work for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program and Christmas Bird Count. With Center staff and colleagues, she writes grants, reports, and manuscripts on topics pertaining to birds and other... Read more »

Andrew LaPlant

Andrew LaPlant

Conservation Biologist
MAC 238

Andrew (he/him/his) is responsible for planning and implementing land stewardship activities and policies at UW-Green Bay Natural Areas, including the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, Point au Sable, Toft Point, Peninsula Sanctuary, Kingfisher Farm, Wequiock Creek and the Lenfestey Courtyard. Working in collaboration with the Natural Areas Ecologist and the Department of Facilities Management,... Read more »

Daniel Meinhardt

Daniel Meinhardt

Associate Professor and Richter Museum Curator
MAC 218E

Dr. Meinhardt (he/him/his) teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and evolutionary biology. Trained as an evolutionary anatomist, Dr. Meinhardt’s early research focused on miniaturization in frogs and some philosophical questions in evolutionary biology (e.g., Are species real?). Recently, he turned attention to the development of human... Read more »

Bobbie Webster

Bobbie Webster

Natural Areas Ecologist
MAC 212

Bobbie (she/her/hers) 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... Read more »

Keir Wefferling

Keir Wefferling

Assistant Professor & Herbarium Curator
MAC 212

Keir Wefferling (he/him/his) is the Curator of the Gary A. Fewless Herbarium in the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and an Assistant Professor in Biology. He has been at UW-Green Bay since 2020 and teaches Field Botany and Plant Biodiversity. Most of Keir's work to date focuses on plant systematics: describing plant biodiversity and evolutionary relationships among lineages. Recently,... Read more »