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Environmental Science Research

From Inquiry To Experience

Research is the first step to creating change to improve our environment.

Stand out to future employers and apply what you learn in class by getting as much research experience as you can. The benefits are truly endless – you can collaborate with professors, reframe failure to potential and do hands-on opportunities to continue learning.

Find a Research Opportunity

Student performs water tests in research lab
Students perform research in labStudent examines water samplesProfessor helps students gather soil samplesStudents set up radio telemetry to test organisms after they have been tagged

Research Opportunities

Explore and discover the ecosystem around you.

Opportunities abound here at UW-Green Bay, from learning in your courses to helping professors with their own projects to your own individual research. Our research is as varied as our field – professors study agricultural waste management and coral reef ecology, Wisconsin bees and the ecology and taxonomy of sheet web spiders. Whatever you want to research, apply yourself and connect with professors to get experience before graduation.

Our Current Research

Samples of Our Research

What's better than being outside? Creating new knowledge in the field.

Students tests local water quality

Improving Local Water Quality

Assistant Professor Mike Holly’s environmental research students are working to clean up the water in northeastern Wisconsin by researching how to filter phosphorus in agricultural runoff.

Read Their Findings  
Toft Point Natural Area

More Ways to Research

Because we’ve partnered with Toft Point Inc. to preserve land just outside of Bailey’s Harbor in Door County, our students have more natural area to explore and research their interests.

Our Partnership  
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Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey

Led by Dr. Robert Howe with the help of Cofrin Center for Biodiversity students, staff and U.S. Forest Service biologists, the Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey is longest-running volunteer bird survey in the U.S. National Forest System.

Understand the Survey  
Alumnus Patrick A. Brodhagen

Network across the state

"If you are an environmental science major, it is definitely in your best interest to contact the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and seek out summer internships or research projects you can work on. The CCB can link you to an excellent network of conservation groups across the state and give you a good idea of what to expect as you prepare for the real world."

Patrick A. Brodhagen '20
Tilth Agronomy, Hickory Hill Forestry & Firewood, UW-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Our Facilities

Laboratories on campus, natural areas like the Toft Point and centers like the Richter Natural History Museum open up more engaging learning opportunities for our students.

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Still Curious?

If you want to learn more about student research opportunities or ask one of our professors about their specific research interests, let us know.

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