Faculty note: Prof. Patrick Forsythe assists Australian research in publication involving amphibian breeding

Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Biology) teamed-up with researchers from the University of Wollongong (School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences) in Australia to better understand the reproductive behavior of male and female red-backed toadlets. The research was published in the most recent issue of Behaviour. The site includes the abstract. The relative influence of climatic and

Patrick Forsythe and students tagging a northern pike.
Environmental Science and Biology students had a field day monitoring fish at a restored wetland on the west shore of Green Bay under the direction of Prof. Patrick Forsythe.

social factors on sex-specific variation in reproductive behavior remains poorly understood. Here, we examine the influence of multiple climatic cues in combination with a social cue on the reproductive behaviors of males and females in a terrestrial breeding toadlet (Pseudophryne coriacea). Over a 115-day breeding season, arrival patterns of each sex, and male calling activity, were recorded daily, while climatic variables were logged continuously. Multivariate analysis showed that arrival of males at the breeding site, as well as male nightly calling activity, were most strongly influenced by a climatic variable (rainfall). By contrast, female arrival was strongly correlated with a social variable (male calling activity), with abiotic conditions having no influence, other than a moderate influence of lunar phase (lunar illumination). These results suggest that cues used for breeding are sex-specific and provide new evidence that combinations of climatic and social cues can be integrated into breeding decisions.

Faculty note: Prof. Bansal was lead external auditor for University of Missouri St. Louis, Information Systems Department

Prof. Gaurav Bansal (MIS/Statistics) was recently invited to be the external reviewer for the five-year review of the curriculum and department practices at the University of Missouri St Louis, Information Systems Department. He headed the review team, which comprised of three internal reviewers from different departments besides him.

His other recent achievement was to speak to the doctoral students in the Information Systems department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo).

Bansal is the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Prof. Coen to present on ‘The End of Globalization’ Feb. 8, 6 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) will deliver a virtual presentation on “The End of Globalization?” as part of the Manitowoc Public Library’s Foreign Policy Great Decisions series.  This year, anyone with a thirst for knowledge and an internet connection will have the opportunity to discover, discuss and decide how to meet some of the world’s greatest challenges head-on, every Monday evening at 6 p.m. in February and March.

The talk is free and open to the public and will be streamed through Facebook.


Faculty/staff note: Biodiversity specialist Giese recently published new conservation strategy

Senior Research Specialist Erin Giese recently published a Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy, along with many co-authors from around the United States. Giese is a Howe Team Coordinator for Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring, President of the Northeastern Wisconsin Audobon Society, and Advisor of the Green Bay Audobon Student Conservation Chapter. She is a member of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity.

Read the document to learn more about conservation in the revised 2020 plan.


Faculty note: Professor Chu’s new article is featured by the Center for Self-Determination Theory

Prof. Alan Chu
Prof. Alan Chu

Assistant Professor and Chair, Alan Chu (M.S Sport, Excercise, and Performance Psychology) and his colleagues published a new article that shows high school athletes might be less active when coaches are disempowering, such as using punishing and yelling techniques. This article is featured by the Center for Self-Determination Theory, one of the most established motivation theories to explain human behavior and psychological needs.

To read the full feature, visit this LinkedIn page.

To learn more about Chu’s Self-Determination Theory publications, visit the International Scholar’s profile.

Faculty note: Humanities and History lecturer Kevin Kain named Associate of Virtual Open Research Lab

Senior lecturer Kevin Kain (Humanities and History) has been designated as an Associate of Virtual Open Research Laboratory (VORL) program at the Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Center, the University of Illinois in Spring 2021 for his research project “Resurrection ‘New Jerusalem’ Monastery in Reigns of Empresses Elizabeth I and Catherine II: Patronage, Power, Sacralization and Legitimacy.” The VORL provides specialized long-distance library research on Central and East Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union. The VORL is funded in part by the US Department of State through its Title VIII Program, which aims to strengthen U.S. expertise and policy-relevant knowledge about the REEES region.


More on UW-Green Bay involvement in Big Read in Door County

Mentioned earlier is the involvement of UW-Green Bay faculty and staff in an event called Big Read in Door County. You can see more below or the complete list of events and participants.

Saturday, Jan. 30
(Zoom & Facebook Live)  |  Additional details including panelist bios

An inspirational panel discussion about how music, literature, art, philosophy and theater contribute to wellbeing from experts in Door County and the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay with a musical performance by the Griffon String Quartet, playing Jacob Gordon’s Six Shakespearean Sketches.

Panelists include: Rebecca Meacham author of two award-winning fiction collections as well as professor of English and Humanities and founding member of UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Kelli Strickland the Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Alan Kopischke a university lecturer in both Theater and Arts Management and founding member of the Big Read Door County among other organizations and festivals. And Dr. Bryan J. Carr an Associate Professor in the Communication, Information Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay specializing in Mass Media and Game Studies and is one of the co-directors of the University’s Center for Games and Interactive Media.

This event will be broadcast live on the Door County Library’s Facebook page. Zoom codes will be available closer to the event.

Sunday, January 31
(Zoom & Facebook Live)  |  Additional details including panelists bios

Popular games like Fallout, Warhammer 40K and others will be discussed along with information about the community of gamers, economics, and more. Moderated by local teens Bjorn Lokken and Brant Grahl and UW-Green Bay professors, Bryan J. CarrJuli Case, and Chris Williams.

Broadcast live on the Door County Library’s Facebook page. Zoom codes will be available closer to the date.

Thursday, February 11

(Zoom & Facebook Live)

Submit your question for the Author Talk  | Additional details about the Author and Moderator

Featuring a Keynote discussion with Emily St. John Mandel, author of “Station Eleven” and Rebecca Meacham author and UWGB professor. This event will be broadcast live on the Door County Library’s Facebook page. Zoom codes will be available closer to the event. Recording will be available through the end of February.