Assistant Professor Michael Holly funded to help predict groundwater contamination

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor Michael Holly
Assistant Professor Michael Holly

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FWC) awarded $122,000 to Assistant Professor Michael Holly (Environmental Science, Water Science) to lead a working group to investigate the environmental transport of PFAS. Research completed by the Sustainable Use of Biosolids (SUBS) working group (including PIs at UW-Platteville, Madison, and Stevens Point) will provide training and laboratory experience for undergraduate students at each campus. Completed work will help predict future PFAS groundwater contamination from soils receiving biosolids, facilitate generation of future land application guidelines to protect groundwater wells from PFAS, identify Wisconsin groundwater sources at risk, and evaluate a low-cost treatment to further minimize PFAS leaching.

Grad students lead Sea Grant discussion ‘Green Bay: A Saga of Life, Destruction and Restoration’ Oct. 22

In this installment of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Lake Talks” series, speakers Cadie Olson and Brandon Falish will cover the history of contamination and pollution of the Fox River and Green Bay, summarize ongoing remedial objectives and projects, and then discuss their own research. Olson and Falish are graduate students at UW-Green Bay. This is a free, informal science talk open to all. No special knowledge of the topic is needed or assumed! Time for audience questions will be included.

More about the speakers:

Cadie Olson researches the benthic macroinvertebrate communities of lower Green Bay and the Lower Fox River. She is a 2018 graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a degree in fisheries (and minors in biology and water resources, plus a GIS certificate). She has previously worked as an aquatic invertebrate biologist in northern Minnesota.

Brandon Falish is pursuing a master’s in environmental policy and planning. His thesis work looks at the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope signatures in the lower Green Bay to evaluate the health of the food web. He previously worked as a fish biologist for both the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

This free and public event is on Oct. 22, 2020, 7:00-8:00 p.m, via this link.

Ethics in Action awards virtual luncheon, Oct. 15

UW-Green Bay community, please consider attending the “Ethics in Action” awards luncheon that is being held this year for the first time as a virtual 45-minute event on Oct. 15, 2020. Formerly called the “Ethics in Business” award, since its inception in 2008, Prof. John Stoll and many campus students have assisted with its development. This year is a totally changed format, as you can see from the program information at the link below. Aside from your own attendance, it is an event worthy of student attendance (possibly as extra credit). Please help us promote ethical behavior in our regional community. Registration is free.


UW-Green Bay EMBI student interns help make the annual Green Bay Garden Blitz a great success

Caitlin Curtis gives the camera a thumbs up.

Pong Moua (Environmental Science) served as Garden Blitz communication coordinator and Caitlin Curtis (Environmental Policy and Planning) as assistant volunteer coordinator at the seventh annual Green Bay Garden Blitz from May 28-31, 2020. Moua (pictured above), Curtis and 48 volunteers installed 74 raised bed garden boxes at private homes, Kennedy School and Veterans Manor.

Facing challenges due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Garden Blitz accomplished its goals safely and on schedule. Kim Diaz, Blitz coordinator, said “working with Pong and Caitlin was a joy because they were so talented, dedicated and willing to learn.”

Fresh veggies? Email Libby at the Campus Garden

Last year, this space shared a feature on student Libby Schmit, interning with the campus garden and hoop house.

This summer, Libby (Schmit) Courchaine, (Senior, Environmental Policy and Planning) continues to manage the gardens, now as the University’s garden technician and produce market manager. Recent items available include: microgreens, kale, swiss chard, beets, chives, basil and more.

To receive updates about the gardens and opportunities to order produce, email and you will be added to the weekly veggie sale list. All are welcome, not just the campus community!

Alumna pursues career in agriculture, fights stereotype

Katie Werner ’13 (Public Administration and Environmental Planning and Policy), is not your stereotypical nutrient management planner. She has no farm background, and she is in a field typically dominated by males. However, that hasn’t stopped her in her role with the Country Visions Cooperative, a company in Reedsville that provides services to 14 counties in eastern Wisconsin. Read the full story in The Country Today

Stoll and class helps community keep their eyes on ethics

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Kevin Borseth

The Ethics in Business Awards were held Nov. 9 at the KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay. With about 700 people in attendance, UW-Green Bay and specifically Public and Environmental Affairs (PEA, Economics) faculty and students were recognized for their work as part of the “research team,” of which Prof. John Stoll (PEA) coordinates. The research team devotes countless hours in reviewing nomination forms of about 100 nominees. The students prepared a report to the award selection committee, an independent group of community members that chooses the recipients. Alumnus Kaitlyn (Gilles) Lindner ’11 (Environmental Policy and Planning and Public Administration) headed the selection committee, and Green Bay Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Borseth, was the featured speaker. Alumnus Tom Hinz ’03 (Interdisciplinary Studies) served as the Ethics in Business Selection Committee Chair. The annual luncheon honors ethical business practices in Northeast Wisconsin.