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Robert Howe

Robert Howe

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

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 Biodiversity, he maintains an active research program involving bird population dynamics, restoration ecology, forest ecosystems, endangered species, ecological indicators, and the ecology and conservation of Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Bob is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, including The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin and papers in international journals like Science, EcologyEvolutionConservation Biology, Biological Conservation, and Landscape Ecology. His research collaborators include scientists from every continent except Antarctica.     

A proud father of three boys, Bob enjoys photography, biking, all kinds of music, and traveling to parks and natural areas around the world with his family. He and his wife, Dr. Amy Wolf, have led international travel courses to Panama and Australia. Although originally from northern Minnesota, Bob is an avid Wisconsin sports 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