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


A broad range of research by faculty, staff and students is supported by the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. The Center is able to provide a number of resources including field equipment, computer access and software, funding through grants and matching funds, and expertise in design of ecological studies, and the identification of a variety of taxa.

The Center is a catalyst for both large scale and small scale research projects. On campus, the Cofrin Student Research Program has provided small grants for over 150 student researchers since 1989. These projects, conducted under the guidance of a faculty sponsor, are conducted on one of UW-Green Bay’s natural areas or affiliated research sites in northeastern Wisconsin. On a broader scale the Cofrin Center provides equipment, staff support, and an infrastructure for externally funded research projects ranging from taxonomic studies (e.g., plant and animal surveys) to ecosystem analysis (e.g., ecological health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands). Since the year 2000, support has been provided through direct funding and cost-share arrangements. Collaborating agencies include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian Institution, and National Science Foundation.  

For more information about the kinds of research conducted visit the projects pages.