UW-Green Bay Emeritus Prof. Michael Kraft (Environmental Science & Policy) has written an article for the Tri-City Herald that focuses on the Green New Deal. “The short answer to the core question is that a Green New Deal in some form may well be feasible as well as affordable,” Kraft writes. Read the full article.
Environmental Science & Policy alumna Brianna Kupsky and her major professor, Associate Vice Chancellor/ Interim Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business Mathew Dornbush, recently had an article accepted in the Journal of Great Lakes Research focused on ongoing efforts to restore wetlands in the Lower Bay of Green Bay. The project is a great example of UW-Green Bay partnerships in action, bringing together Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and UW-Green Bay to develop effective methods for restoring hardstem bulrush and wild celery in the wave shadow of the Cat Island Chain. See the article.
UW-Green Bay master’s degree student Megan Hoff, who is studying Environmental Science and Policy, was hired as the first-ever graduate assistant in one of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s field offices last fall. Hoff is working with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UW-Green Bay to involve university students and staff, state and federal agencies, citizen scientists, foundations, land trusts, several local governments and private landowners in creation of the watershed plan with hopes to improve habitat and water quality. Read more.
After complaining about a challenging assignment, Anne Schauer-Gimenez was told in graduate school, “every engineer needs to know something about running a business.” In this TEDx talk, Schauer-Gimenez describes her journey from engineering into business. By starting a company, Mango Materials, she has gotten out of her comfort zone and made a transition from the lab into a role of outreach and marketing. Schauer-Gimenez is the vice president of customer engagement and co-founder of Mango Materials, a startup company that uses biogas (methane) to feed bacteria that manufacture a biodegradable polymer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science ’00 and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy ‘02 from UW-Green Bay, along with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Marquette University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
The Cat Island Restoration Project was recently discussed among members of the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society and with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-8). The project focuses on reconstructing three islands in the lower bay. UW-Green Bay faculty, students, graduate students and alumni have worked closely with the project. Alumnus Tom Prestby ’16 (Environmental Science and Policy) can be seen in the photo wearing a UW-Green Bay shirt. Read the full story at Audubon Great Lakes.
A research team from UW-Green Bay is using an underwater microphone to track the young Lake Sturgeon. Led by Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Biology), UW-Green Bay researchers recently implanted sound transmitters in the sturgeon’s bellies and are using underwater microphones to capture information about the 10 fish placed into the Fox River on Monday. Fox 11 has more including an interview with graduate student Stefan Tucker.
Emeritus Prof. Michael Kraft (Environmental Science & Policy) is not surprised that the Wisconsin 1st Senate District race is gaining so much attention. Kraft explains that the nation, as well as the state of Wisconsin, might be experiencing a blue wave, which makes Republicans work hard to get their voters out. Similarly, Democrats are mobilized and have canvassers from all over the state. See the full story at WUWM 89.7.
UW Sustainable Management student Jessie Johnson is headed toward a successful career. Johnson, who graduated from UW-Green Bay in May, 2018 with a Master of Science in Sustainability Management, landed a job at Georgia-Pacific in 2014. She started as a lab technician while she was still in school working on her Bachelor’s in Integrated Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Policy at UW-Green Bay. Johnson moved up the business ladder rather quickly, as in 2017, a year after graduation, she entered the Environmental Entry Level Professional Program at Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta. The training enabled endless opportunities; her next role could be anything from an environmental engineer in the air, water, or waste departments to a product stewardship associate position or she could become a member of the corporate sustainability team in Atlanta. She is happy to pursue a career that lines up so well with her educational background. Read more about Jessie’s journey here.
The piercing, golden eyes contrasting beautifully against white feathers is what makes Snowy Owls a crowd and local favorite. Theses arctic nesting owls have migrated into Wisconsin during the winter months, and their presence has birders everywhere on the lookout.
Despite being known for their wisdom, the owls’ preference for barren, tundra-like ecosystems have caused them to mistake airports for safe feeding and roosting areas during the winter. This mistake not only endangers Snowy Owls, but also puts air travelers at risk.
When this happened in Green Bay, Austin Straubel International Airport personnel contacted the Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Audubon Society for assistance. President of the Board of Directors, Erin Giese. The 2012 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy program is also the senior research specialist for UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. Her first call was to Fox Cities falconer, Frank Ujazdowski, who has volunteered to capture and relocate the birds.
The NEW Audubon Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of birds and their habitats. Currently, many who serve on the board of directors for the organization are young, successful UW-Green Bay alumni using their education and experience to give back to the community.
Although Giese, who has captured and released a few thousand songbirds in the name of science, didn’t help with this particular rescue, her quick reaction and connections led to the prompt capture and safe relocation of nine Snowy Owls. Through Project SNOWstorm (with heavy involvement from UW-Green Bay alumni), featured early this year, two of these owls (a male named “Austin” and female named “Straubel”) have been outfitted with transmitters that allow researchers to track the birds in order to better understand the movements of the Snowy Owls throughout the year.
UW-Green Bay alumni who currently serve on the NEW Audubon Board:
- John Jacobs ’81 (Master of Environmental Science & Policy)
- Kari Hagenow ’12 (Master of Environmental Science & Policy)
- Marian Shaffer ’12 ’16 (Biology and Master of Environmental Science & Policy)
- Tom Prestby ’16 (Master of Environmental Science & Policy)
- Erin Giese ’12 (Masters of Environmental Science & Policy)
Enrolled UW-Green Bay students who serve on the NEW Audubon Board:
- Tara Hohman (graduate student)
- Emily Weber (undergraduate student)
They follow a long line of personnel with UW-Green Bay connections who have served on the board, assuring the success of local (and visiting) wildlife and providing a higher quality of life for nature lovers in Northeast Wisconsin.
Story by Marketing and University Communication intern, Amanda Rice ’18.
A fascinating documentary, Searching for Sustainability will be shown on campus, Feb. 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Phoenix Rooms B and C of the University Union. UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (NAS) and Associate Prof. Debra Pearson (Human Biology) were involved as experts in the film. Included that evening is a discussion panel featuring faculty and local experts. This event will be open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public and there is no charge for the screening. However, an Eventbrite page is being created to help determine an accurate seat count. Please register if you plan to attend.