UW-Green Bay undergraduates lead northern pike research

UW-Green Bay’s northern pike research is led by a team of undergraduate students who are enrolled in Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics class taught by Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (NAS). This is the sixth consecutive year that UW-Green Bay students are researching the northern pike spawning populations at the Suamico, Wis. site.

For the research, the team sets two fyke nets side-by-side in an agricultural ditch that leads to a wetland where the pike spawn. One net is facing the wetland, and it catches the fish going into the wetland. The other net catches the fish as they head out of the wetland, back out to the bay of Green Bay.

The nets are checked once daily until the pike migration is over, which will be towards the end of April or early May. Once the fish are taken out of the nets, biological data is collected from each fish. The length, sex, and ripeness is recorded on data sheets, along with any notes of damage to the fish. Each northern pike is then tagged with either a pink Floy tag, if it is a female, or a green Floy tag, if it is a male. Lastly, 2 to 3 rays are taken off of the anterior (front) side of the pelvic fin. These rays are then dried out and are used to estimate the age of the fish.  Towards the end of the northern pike migration, there is a smaller migration of bowfin to the wetland. The team is also interested in taking measurements and tagging these fish.

“The students have worked as technicians for me and are part of the American Fisheries Society where they have received additional training,” said Forsythe. “Our research is jointly conducted with the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and Brown County. Long-term research is important for detecting trends in population dynamics (number of spawning fish) that are nearly impossible to glean from a single year of sampling.”

This project allows researchers a good idea of the timing of the northern pike migration each year and how water levels and water temperature influences this migration. It also allows them to determine the sex ratios of the fish using this particular wetland for spawning. This is the first year collecting the pelvic rays for aging, but this will help determine what the range of ages and average ages are for the spawning population of northern pike.

“Long-term research is important for detecting trends in population dynamics (number of spawning fish) that are nearly impossible to glean from a single year of sampling,” Forsythe said.

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Environmental Science Pike Monitoring

– Photos and text submitted by student researcher and Denmark, Wis. native Jacob Pantzlaff ’19 (Environmental Science, Biology)

Future UW-Green Bay student opens own business

Future UW-Green Bay student Kyle Gau, a senior at Algoma High School, has opened his own business in downtown Algoma. His business, Waterfront Creations, primarily features goat-based products such as cheese, yogurt, lotion and other body products. Gau plans on attending UW-Green Bay next fall to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. Read more.

Why Every Engineer Needs to Know Something About Business | Anne Schauer-Gimenez | TEDxUWGreenBay

Why Every Engineer Needs to Know Something About Business | Anne Schauer-Gimenez | TEDxUWGreenBay

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

Bob and Carol Bush

UW-Green Bay dedicates the Robert G. Bush Conference Room

A conference room in the Environmental Science building on the Green Bay Campus will now carry the name of an engineering pioneer, committed community advocate, visionary business leader and treasured friend of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay — Robert (Bob) G. Bush.

Friends, family and campus supporters dedicated Room 317F in honor of Bush, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.  The event recognized Bush’s longtime support and engagement of UW-Green Bay. In fact, the former Chairman, CEO and President of Schreiber Foods, Inc. shared that he was on campus for the original groundbreaking (and even has dirt saved from the event!).

Bush has been a member of the Council of Trustees since its very beginning — in 1998, and served as the trusted group’s secretary for many years. He was granted emeritis status in 2013, but returned to serve shortly after until his final resignation in February of 2018, when he was returned to emeritus status and cited by the board for his exceptional leadership.

The celebration on Sept. 18 included the reading of an official resolution from the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees that reads:

WHEREAS, Bob Bush is known throughout the Green Bay community as a visionary leader and staunch supporter of the non-profit community as evidenced by his many board and committee leadership roles over the years with a wide array of organizations; and

WHEREAS, Bob Bush served on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Council of Trustees with devotion and distinction and served as a Phoenix Fund board member, capital campaign cabinet member, Foundation board member and was elected to the Phoenix Hall of Fame; and

WHEREAS, Bob and Carol Bush deserve recognition as long-time University supporters for athletics.  Their leadership gift to the Kress Center campaign yielded a naming gift for the Main Court Arena, affectionately known as “Carol’s Court”.  Their dedication and support of their beloved UWGB Women’s Phoenix Basketball teams throughout the years is legendary; and

WHEREAS, Bob and Carol Bush generously supported the arts at the Weidner Center and contributed to bringing the resplendent Dale Chihuly chandelier to the Weidner Center’s main foyer for the community to enjoy; and

WHEREAS, Bob Bush’s reputation as a devoted community member, business leader, and ambassador for the community will be long-remembered, and his persistence and leadership in advocacy for the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay is unrivaled.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this, the 18th day of September 2018, in honor and recognition of his valuable and devoted service to the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and its Council of Trustees, the Council of Trustees officially thanks and recognizes Bob Bush and wishes him only the best of things in his next endeavors.

Louis LeCalsey, III                                    Gary L. Miller
Chairman, Council of Trustees              Chancellor, UW-Green Bay

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Bob Bush Conference Room Dedication

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Alumni spotlight: Richard Kendrick enjoys first week (and every day) of school

It’s the first week of school and UW-Green Bay alumnus Richard Kendrick ’08 is excited… When the students return from summer break to Madison Area Technical College, Kendricks’ day kicks into high gear. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kendrick is a mathematics instructor, math adviser and a member of the honors faculty for MATC. It’s safe to say that his students need him.

Madison Area Technical College instructor Richard Kendrick

“Most of the students I deal with come from underrepresented areas within the city,” he says. “The best part of my day is speaking with a student about how to be a successful college student. After all, I was a returning adult student myself. I came from the south side of Madison, which has been given a bad reputation by most. I am enjoying the fact that Madison College is now building a south side campus which will ultimately cater to the residents of the neighborhood.”

Kendrick says he models his mentoring based on some of the faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay, especially as he spends a good majority of his time at MATC’s Student Achievement Center, tutoring math students.

“As far as the faculty that helped me achieve my dream of being a first generation college grad, I give many props to (Professors) Greg Davis and Patricia Terry. For me, it wasn’t always about academics. I felt I could go to them for support in learning how to be a college student, while gaining insight into who I would become after I graduated. I ended up graduating in 2008 as a Mathematics major (Environmental Science minor) with roughly 174 credits; well-rounded to say the least. I enjoyed learning about so many subject areas: computer science, nuclear engineering, materials engineering, and mathematics, to name a few.”

When he wasn’t in the classroom, his peers could likely find him at the Phoenix Sports Center (the predecessor to the Kress Events Center) where he even received an invitation from men’s basketball coach Dick Bennett to try out for the team as a walk-on. He also spent some time in the Phoenix Club, managing to garner a few recreational billiards championships.

In spring of last year, Kendrick returned to campus for a visit.

“My impression of the campus now is, WOW, how things have changed! I have definitely gotten older,” he joked.

He describes his job as his calling. “I enjoy waking up every day to come into work,” he says.  Seeing the advancement of his students as they work towards graduation is his greatest reward.

“It is so amazing to learn that some students who started their math classes with me have completed their degrees. I have written numerous reference letters to date for my students. The last day of classes, I always give out my business card just in case they made need anything else to advance their careers.

And he is likely to share his favorite quote… “It is not what you know when you get here, it is what you know when you leave.”

Photos by MATC graphic designer Matthew Ammerman



Joesesph Moran, Feb. 10, 1993

Campus mourns passing of Prof. Emeritus ‘Joe’ Moran

Joseph Moran, 1979
Joseph Moran, 1979

UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of award-winning faculty member Joseph Moran (Natural and Applied Sciences). Services are Monday. According to the obituary, Moran, 74, died peacefully Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in Ledgeview.

He began teaching at UW-Green Bay in 1969 as an instructor of meteorology in the College of Environmental Sciences and retired as a professor of Natural and Applied Sciences in 2001 with emeritus status. In 1993 he received the Founders Award for Teaching Excellence. Also in 1993 the UW System Regents Teaching Award, cited Moran for his “profound ability to communicate subject matter effectively and inspire in students an enthusiasm for learning.”

“His humor and occasionally exaggerated Boston accent kept his students engaged, whether he was teaching meteorology, earth science or environmental science,” the obituary reads. In 1991, Moran was named the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professor of Natural Science and in 1994 received the Boston College Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence and was included in the American Men and Women of Science.

Professor Joseph Moran and a group of students at the Weather Station ca. 1970-1979
Professor Joseph Moran and a group of students at the Weather Station ca. 1970-1979


Moran consistently received high rankings in student and peer evaluations. In a statement of his teaching philosophy, Moran explained “I learned to respect students as people, to recognize their strengths, to deal honestly with their short-comings, to encourage them to tackle things that they didn’t think they could do, to be ever vigilant for the late-bloomer and to encourage them to keep their university experience in its proper perspective.”

Joseph Moran at blackboard in 1982
Joseph Moran at blackboard in 1982

Photos courtesy of the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center

UW-Green Bay hosts Conservation Partners Roundtable, April 19

Conservation Partners Roundtable at UW-Green Bay on Thursday, April 19 discussed wildlife, wetlands and the weather. Fox 11 had the story. The experts who attended were particularly concerned about this spring’s migration due to Blizzard Evelyn. Gary Van Vreede, U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist explained, “A lot of the species have come back. And all this snow. I don’t think they know what to make of it. But it will definitely set them back a few weeks, in terms of nesting.”

The late spring was just one of the topics discussed during 4th annual Green Bay Conservation Partners roundtable. Fast-paced presentations coupled with frequent breaks allowed the 90 participants to stay in the environmental mix.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people working in the conservation field to come together, show what they’ve been doing, network and come up with new projects to improve our wildlife, and fish habitats,” said Nicole Van Helden, The Nature Conservancy.

Alumnus Douglas McLaughlin named UW-Green Bay’s ‘Earth Caretaker’ for 2018

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the ninth annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Douglas McLaughlin, Ph.D.

McLaughlin received two degrees from UW-Green Bay — his bachelor’s degree in 1983 in Science and Environmental Change (emphasis in Biological Resources Management) and a Master’s of Environmental Science in 1985 (Aquatic Biology emphasis). He received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1994. Today, McLaughlin is a principal research scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), a non-profit environmental research organization near Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, he provides scientific expertise and research that address questions affecting surface water quality and management.

He began his career in 1985 as an environmental scientist with Fort Howard Corporation in Green Bay after completing his degree and being mentored under the guidance of UW-Green Bay faculty member H.J. “Bud” Harris. At Fort Howard, he worked on projects related to characterizing and improving wastewater quality, and led several studies designed to better understand and reduce concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mill wastewater. McLaughlin has worked on water quality issues relevant to the pulp and paper industry for most of his career, including five years as a consulting scientist responsible for the design and implementation of technical studies at PCB-contaminated sediment sites.

Over the last several years, he has focused on the science supporting the development of numeric water quality criteria for nutrients and other pollutants. These criteria are a central part of water quality management in the U.S. under the Clean Water Act and represent potentially important sustainability goals for guiding human interactions with aquatic ecosystems.

The Earth Caretaker Award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

By invitation only, the award ceremony and reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. on April 19, 2018 in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union.

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Leucistic turkey an unusual sighting — Prof. Howe comments

Iron Mountain residents (or there-a-bouts) have had an unusual visitor this winter. A white turkey. The bird is not an albino, but has a condition noted as leucism — documented in a wide number of birds, from penguins in the Antarctic to barnacle geese in Norway. See photos. “But it seems to turn up more frequently in urban populations, researchers say. Perhaps being in an area fairly removed from natural predators allows these oddities to thrive, rather than have their coloration make them an easier target, said UW-Green Bay Prof. Robert Howe (Biology) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.” He added that leucistic robins, spattered in white, have become fairly common. This is not the same mechanism that turns snowshoe hares, arctic foxes or several of the weasel varieties white in the winter. That is genetic and seasonal, while a leucistic individual will retain the white year-round and show this spotting from early on. Read the story.