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Robert Howe

Robert Howe


MAC 212F

Bob Howe is the founding Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professor of Natural Science at UW-Green Bay. He has been a faculty member in UWGB's Department of Natural and Applied Sciences since 1984, where he has taught courses ranging from introductory environmental science to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in biology and ecology. In addition to administrative responsibilities with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, he maintains an active research program involving bird population dynamics, northern forest ecosystems, and the ecology and conservation of Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Bob is author or co-author of more than 50 scientific publications, including The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin and papers in international journals like Ecology, Evolution, Biological Conservation, and Journal of Wildlife Management.    

A proud father of three boys, Bob enjoys biking, nature-watching, and traveling to parks and natural areas around the world with his family. He and his wife, Dr. Amy Wolf, lead international travel courses to Panama and (upcoming in 2013) Australia. Bob also is a youth soccer coach and an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

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 co-leader of the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot in northern Wisconsin, and I administer numerous research grants involving student researchers and collaborators from other institutions.

Other Interests

Family, travel, photography, sports, hiking, music


Ph.D. 1981 University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. 1977 University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.S. 1974 University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN