University of Wisconsin–Madison

Executive Committee

The Water@UW-Madison Executive Committee is an annually elected body responsible for 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

Matthew Ginder-Vogel

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Research Topics: Environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, water chemistry, X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Outgoing Chair

Jake Vander Zanden

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


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


Hilary Dugan

Faculty, Center for Limnology, Department of Integrative Biology


Research Topics: Lakes, water quality change, spatial data, data science

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

Steve Loheide

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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

Bret Shaw

Faculty, Department of Life Science Communications; UW-Extension


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

Janet Silbernagel

Faculty, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture; Design Strategist, Division of Continuing Studies
Research Topics: Landscape ecology and conservation strategies, scenario modeling and geospatial analysis of  landscape conservation strategies

Erika Washburn

Director, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Division of Extension


Research Topics:  Application of social science to challenges at the intersection of society, water and coastal systems

UW-Extension Liaison

Chad Cook

Land & Water Outreach Program Manager, Division of Extension, Natural Resources Institute


Outreach Topics: Water quality and non-point source pollution impacts, forestry outreach to landowners, citizen science, invasive species

Graduate Student Representatives

Rachel Johnson

MS Student, Biological Systems Engineering and Water Resources Management

Amber White

PhD Student, Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program


Postdoc Liaison

Noah Stern

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Bacteriology

Project Assistant

David Koser

MBA Candidate, Wisconsin School of Business