University of Wisconsin–Madison

Executive Committee

The Water@UW-Madison Executive Committee is an annually elected body responsible for the day-to-day programming decisions of the organization and working to achieve the mission and goals of Water@UW-Madison. If you have questions or suggestions for the Executive Committee, or you are interested in joining the committee for the next academic year, please contact one of the committee members.

Committee Chair

Steve Loheide

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Research Topics: Hydroecology, water in the environment, stream and riparian resoration, groundwater, hydrologic and ecologic consequences of climate change


Jake Vander Zanden

Director, Center for Limnology; Professor, Department of Integrative Biology


Research Topics: Aquatic Ecology, limnology, fish ecology, food webs, aquatic invasive species, conservation biology

Outgoing Chair

Stephen Carpenter

Free Range Scientist; Professor & Director Emeritus, Center for Limnology


Research Topics: Aquatic Ecology, limnology, carbon cycle, eutrophication, food webs, phosphorus, land-water linkages, ecosystem models, social-ecological systems


Jennifer Hauxwell

Assistant Director for Research and Student Engagement, Aquatic Sciences Center


Research Topics: Effects of nutrient loading on aquatic environments, aquatic plant ecology and management, water resource and fisheries management, research program administration

Sharon Long

Director of Envir. Microbiology, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Professor, Soil Science


Research Topics: Monitoring waterborne pathogens, microbial water contamination, source water protection, watershed management, methods of pathogen enumeration, bio-terrorism preparedness


Peter McIntyre

Assistant Professor, Center for Limnology & Department of Integrative Biology


Research Topics: Aquatic biodiversity, food webs, nutrient cycling, ecosystem services, fish and fisheries, speciation rates, migratory behaviors

Bret Shaw

Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication


Research Topics: Social marketing, outreach, aquatic invasive species, promoting natural shorelines

Anita Thompson

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering


Research Topics: Hydrology, water quality, runoff, sediment/nutrient/pathogen transport, stormwater management, erosion control, SWAT and WEPP modeling

Graduate Student Representatives

Carolyn Voter

PhD Student, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Bradley Vowels

PhD Student, Planning & Landscape Architecture


Project Assistant

Jack Cotrone

MS Candidate, Water Resources Management