University of Wisconsin–Madison

Associated Faculty & Staff

UW-Madison is an internationally-recognized center for water-related research, teaching, and outreach. Faculty and staff with interests in water can be found in departments, colleges, institutes, and schools across the UW-Madison campus. Below are profiles and links to faculty and other researchers with water-related interests at UW-Madison.

Samer Alatout

Faculty, Community and Environmental Sociology

snalatout@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Global environmental policy and politics, environmental security/insecurity, bio-territorial framework of power and government

Robert Anex

Faculty, Department of Biological Systems Engineering

anex@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Biological systems analysis and assessment, life cycle assessment, techno-economic analysis

Michael Arnold

Faculty, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

michael.arnold@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Advanced nanostructured materials for water purification and desalination

Francisco J. Arriaga

Faculty, UW-Extension and Department of Soil Science

farriaga@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Applied soil physics, soil and water management and conservation, soil erosion, water quality, crop production

Jean Bahr

Faculty, Department of Geoscience

jmbahr@geology.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Groundwater resources, groundwater contamination, groundwater ecosystems

 

Ian G. Baird

Faculty, Department of Geography

ibaird@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Mekong fish and fisheries; fish ecology, fisheries co-management, political ecology of hydro power dams and fisheries in the Mekong Basin

 

Nick Balster

Faculty, Department of Soil Science

njbalster@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Stormwater management, green engineering, restoration of retention basins and dam impoundments, wintertime water flows, urban waters, forest hydrology

David Bart

Faculty, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

dbart@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Hydrologic characteristics and floristic quality of calcareous fens; legacy and current impacts of groundwater withdrawal, land-use change, climate change, and shrub encroachment; remote sensing

Richard Beilfuss

Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering; President & CEO, International Crane Foundation

rich@savingcranes.org

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Research Topics: Ecological restoration, environmental flows, wetland ecology, impact of water resources development and climate on river systems, landscape ecology

Michael Bell

Faculty, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology; Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

michaelbell@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Sociology of perennial agriculture systems such as grazing and agroforestry, sociology of cover crops, sociology of climate change

Paul Block

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

pblock2@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Effects of climate change on water systems, hydrologic forecasting and integration into decision models, hydroeconomics

Robert Bohanan

Outreach Program Manager, WISCIENCE

rbohanan@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Citizen science, urban ecology, storm water basin ecology, dragonflies of Wisconsin

Eric Booth

Assistant Scientist, Departments of Agronomy and Civil and Environmental Engineering

egbooth@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Hydroecology, hydrologic impacts of climate and land-use, stormwater management, wetland/stream restoration, groundwater, fluvial geomorphology, agroecology

Ken Bradbury

Director, Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey; Department of Geoscience

kbradbu@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Groundwater movement, viruses in groundwater systems, hydrogeology of Wisconsin, wellhead protection, and groundwater recharge

Dominique Brossard

Faculty, Department of Life Sciences Communication

dbrossard@wisc.edu

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Research topics: Risk communication (e.g. AIS communication, public opinion and water toxicity)

Michael Cardiff

Faculty, Departments of Geoscience and Geological Engineering

cardiff@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Aquifer characterization, inverse problems, environmental decision-making under uncertainty, water supply systems

Stephen Carpenter

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

srcarpen@wisc.edu

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

Gene Clark

Coastal Engineering and Ports, Harbors and Marinas Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant

grclark@aqua.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Coastal engineering & resiliency, dangerous currents & beach safety, design and efficiency of ports, harbors, and marinas

Ankur Desai

Faculty, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

desai@aos.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Inland water biogeochemistry, surface-atmosphere exchange, ecosystem modeling, micrometeorology, climate change

Caroline Gottschalk Druschke

Faculty, Department of English

caroline.gottschalk.druschke@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Dam decision-making, trout conservation, watershed outreach, restoration science & management, social-ecological systems, public engagement, environmental communication, migratory fish passage, human dimensions

Hilary Dugan

Faculty, Center for Limnology and Department of Integrative Biology

hdugan@wisc.edu

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

Michael C. Ferris

Faculty, Department of Computer Sciences and Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

ferris@cs.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Economic modeling for decision problems, strategic design & operation of energy, agriculture, & hydro-economic systems.

Sarah FitzSimons

Faculty, Department of Art

sfitzsimons@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Site-specific sculpture, installation art, water and architecture.

Dante Fratta

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

fratta@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Geotomography, near surface geophysics, detection of anomalies in infrastructure, study of low strain stiffness in rock masses, geomaterial process evaluation

Ken Genskow

Faculty, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center

kgenskow@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Watershed planning, water policy, integration, collaboration, social indicators, human dimensions, governance, program evaluation

Matthew Ginder-Vogel

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

mgindervogel@wisc.edu

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

Tony Goldberg

Faculty, School of Veterinary Medicine

tgoldberg@vetmed.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases of aquatic animals, including invasive pathogens with economic importance to Wisconsin

Laura Good

Associate Scientist, Deptartment of Soil Science

lwgood@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Nutrient management planning, conservation planning, runoff phosphorus, Phosphorus Index.

Patrick Gorski

Assistant Scientist, Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene

Patrick.gorski@slh.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Mercury bioavailability and bioaccumulation, groundwater geochemistry and contamination, trace-metals analysis, nutrient cycling and removal, zooplankton and aquatic ecology

Linda Graham

Faculty, Department of Botany

lkgraham@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Algae, bryophytes, periphyton, bacterial-autotroph associations, humic lakes, cellulose, technological applications of eukaryotic autotrophs

Corbett Grainger

Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

corbett.grainger@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Marine fisheries management including catch shares and rights-based management

Claudio Gratton

Faculty, Department of Entomology

cgratton@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Landscape ecology, insect ecology and food webs, lake-land linkages, agriculture, bioenergy

Paul Hanson

Faculty, Center for Limnology

pchanson@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Carbon cycling, lake ecosystem modeling, aquatic sensor networks and cyber-infrastructure

Gregory W. Harrington

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

gwharrin@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Chemistry of drinking water treatment and distribution, removal of waterborne pathogens and microbes during drinking water treatment and distribution, mathematical modeling

David Hart

GIS Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

dhart@aqua.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Application of geospatial technologies to Great Lakes issues (sustainable coastal development, coastal hazards, coastal heritage tourism)

Jennifer Hauxwell

Assistant Director for Research and Student Engagement, Aquatic Sciences Center

jennifer.hauxwell@aqua.wisc.edu

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

Leah Horowitz

Faculty, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and School of Human Ecology

lhorowitz@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: environmental governance, grassroots ecological resistance, social movements, American Indian communities, Melanesia, political ecology, community responses to industrial development, social dimensions of biodiversity conservation, climate change activism

Sarah Hotchkiss

Faculty, Department of Botany and the Center for Climatic Research

shotchkiss@wisc.edu

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Research topics: Studies of vegetation history, climate history, ecosystem response to climate change, disturbance and landscape dynamics, paleoecology

Jingyi Huang

Faculty, Department of Soil Science

jhuang426@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Soil physics, proximal and remote sensing, soil monitoring, water conservation and irrigation management, digital soil mapping

James Hurley

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Aquatic Sciences Center

hurley@aqua.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Chemical limnology, natural organic matter, nutrient cycling, Great Lakes research, bioaccumulation of contaminants, chemical interactions at the sediment-water interface

Anthony R. Ives

Faculty, Department of Integrative Biology

arives@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Population and community ecology; theory and statistical methods

Randall Jackson

Faculty, Department of Agronomy; Chair, Agroecology MS Program

rdjackson@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Grassland ecosystem structure and fucntion, C sequestration and ecosystem services of grasslands, C balance and grassland management regimes, grassland and pasture management

William Karasov

Faculty, Department of Forest and Wildlife Eccology

wkarasov@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Ecotoxicology and physiology of wild animals

 

Susan Knight

Interim Director, Trout Lake Research Station

seknight@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Aquatic Plant Identification and Outreach; Invasive aquatic plant research (Tolerance of invasive aquatic plants, testing biological control methods)

Chris Kucharik

Faculty, Department of Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and Global Environment

kucharik@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Agroecology, climate change, biogeochemical cycling, ecosystem modeling

Carrie Laboski

Faculty, Department of Soil Science

laboski@wisc.edu
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Research topics: Soil fertility/nutrient management, manure nutrient availability, soil testing, nutrient cycling and movement, enhancing nutrient use efficiency.

James A. LaGro, Jr.

Faculty, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

jalagro@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Green infrastructure, low-impact development/stormwater management, groundwater contamination/risks from septic systems

Rebecca Larson

Faculty, Department of Biological Systems Engineering

rebecca.larson@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Agricultural runoff, manure management

Carol Eunmi Lee

Faculty, Department of Integrative Biology

carollee@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Genetics of populations resistant to catastrophic change; rapid evolutionary responses to environmental change (biological invasions, climate change, oil spills, etc.)

Steve Loheide

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

loheide@wisc.edu

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

Sharon Long

Director of Applied Environmental Microbiology, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Faculty, Department of Soil Science

slong@wisc.edu

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

 

Noah R. Lottig

Assistant Scientist & Site Manager, North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research Program

nrlottig@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Influence of hydroscape configuration on watershed carbon signatures, interactions between geomorphology and wrack disturbance in tidal creeks.

Katherine McMahon

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

tmcmahon@engr.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Water quality, eutrophication, wastewater treatment microbiology, environmental genomics, community assembly, bacteria-virus interactions

Karen McShane-Hellenbrand

Faculty, Department of Dance

kmhellen@education.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: National Water Dance Project (Wisconsin statewide coordinator), arts integration curriculum development with water themes, site specific dance performance on or near waterways

 

Richard Monette

Faculty, School of Law; Director, Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center

richard.monette@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Water rights law (LAW 845), Indian and Federal Reserved Water Rights, legal counsel to parties in discussions or settlements of water rights

Larry Nesper

Faculty, Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies

lnesper@wisc.edu
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Research topics: Great Lakes Indian law and politics in the federal Indian policy era of Self-determination (post-1960s); development of the tribal courts in Wisconsin

Daniel R. Noguera

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

noguera@engr.wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Biological wastewater treatment, biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal, anaerobic digestion, drinking water, bioenergy, biotechnology

Julia Noordyk

Water Quality & Coastal Communities Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant

noordykj@uwgb.edu
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Research Topics: Great Lakes, coastal erosion, runoff and stormwater pollution, climate adaptation, community resiliency and sustainability

Michael Notaro

Associate Director, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research

mnotaro@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Land-atmosphere interactions, global and regional climate modeling, climate change in the Great Lakes Basin, lake-effect snow, lake levels, dust storms

Brian Ohm

Faculty, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

bwohm@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Water law, including the Public Trust doctrine, riparian rights, coastal hazards, floodplain/shoreland zoning, stormwater ordinances, wetland ordinances

Mutlo Ozdogan

Faculty, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

ozdogan@wisc.edu
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Research topics: Remote sensing, hydrology, land-use/land-cover change

John Panuska

Natural Resource and Bio Environmental Engineer, Department of Biological Systems Engineering

jcpanuska@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Runoff water quality, non-point source pollution, nutrient management, urban and agricultural water quality modeling, drainage and irrigation

Dominic Parker

Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

dominic.parker@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Economics of ground and surface water conservation, commercial fishery management

Ned Paschke

Program Director, Department of Engineering Professional Development

ned.paschke@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Water and wastewater engineering, analysis and improvement of water and wastewater systems

Barbara L. Peckarsky

Honorary Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Departments of Integrative Biology and Entomology

peckarsky@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Ecology of stream-dwelling organisms, evolution of predator-prey and grazer-algal interactions, invertebrates as indicators of stream water quality

Dan Phaneuf

Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

dphaneuf@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Environmental economics with specific expertise in non-market valuation; applied econometrics

Daniel Preston

Faculty, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

daniel.preston@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Freshwater ecology, food webs, host-parasite interactions, species invasions, environmental change

Bill Provencher

Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

rwproven@wisc.edu
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Research topics: Environmental and resource economics, dynamics of resource use, value of ecosystem goods and services, management of freshwater resources, land use policies

Nimish Pujara

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

npujara@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Environmental fluid mechanics, nearshore hydrodynamics, turbulent and multiphase flows, flow-biota interactions, water wave mechanics, coastal processes, experimental methods

Christy Remucal

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

remucal@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Photochemical processes in natural waters, metal redox cycling, reactive oxygen species production, contaminant transformation

Adena Rissman

Faculty, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

arrissman@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Natural resource policy design and implementation, ecological outcomes of resource policy, social and legal adaptation to environmental change

Paul Robbins

Director, Nelson Institute for Envrionmental Studies

director@nelson.wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Human behavior (homeowner practices related to water quality), urban water management (mosquito habitat and breeding sites)

Morgan Robertson

Faculty, Department of Geography

mmrobertson@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Wetland restoration, Clean Water Act, environmental markets, wetland and habitat credit policy

 

Eric E. Roden

Faculty, Department of Geoscience

eroden@geology.wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Sediment biogeochemistry; physiology and ecology of anaerobic microorganisms; microbial iron redox cycling; microbial mineral transformations

Matt Ruark

Faculty, Department of Soil Science

mdruark@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Efficient use and management of fertilizers and manures to reduce losses to surface and groundwater

Titus Seilheimer

Fisheries Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant

tseilheimer@aqua.wisc.edu 
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Research Topics: Great Lakes ecology and fisheries, food web change, fish ecology, fish habitat, aquatic invasive species, wetland ecology

Bret Shaw

Faculty, Department of Life Sciences Communication

brshaw@wisc.edu

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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

jmsilber@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Landscape ecology and conservation strategies, scenario modeling and geospatial analysis of  landscape conservation strategies

Jim Skinner

Faculty, Deptartment of Chemistry

skinner@chem.wisc.edu
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Research Topics:  Dynamics of condensed phase systems, time-dependent phenomena in liquids, supercritical fluids, crystalline and amorphous solids

Doug Soldat

Faculty, Department of Soil Science

djsoldat@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Lawn and turfgrass maintenance, environmental impacts of turfgrass management, soil phosphorus, Pb-contaminated soils

Amy Stambach

Faculty, Department of Anthropology and Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and the Environment

amy.stambach@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Community management of water in East Africa

 

Emily Stanley

Faculty, Center for Limnology and Department of Integrative Biology

ehstanley@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Aquatic ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing in streams and lakes; computational limnology, long-term ecological research

Izabela Szlufarska

Faculty, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

szlufarska@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Water/mineral interfaces, surface chemistry, interaction of water with nanomaterials, nanofluidics, molecular simulations

Anita Thompson

Faculty, Department of Biological Systems Engineering

amthompson2@wisc.edu

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

Philip A. Townsend

Faculty, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

ptownsend@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy, forest ecosystem dynamics, watershed hydrology and modeling, spatial analysis

Monica Turner

Faculty, Department of Integrative Biology

turnermg@wisc.edu 
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Research topics: Spatial heterogeneity in ecological systems, natural disturbances and ecosystems, fire ecology, western conifer forests, effects of climate and land-use change

Jake Vander Zanden

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

mjvanderzand@wisc.edu

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

Steve Vavrus

Senior Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research

sjvavrus@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Lake ice, sea ice, climate change, glaciers, floods, Great Lakes, seasonal rainfall forecasting, lake-effect snowfall, snow cover, extreme weather, Yahara Watershed

Steve Ventura

Faculty, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Soil Science

sventura@wisc.edu
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Research topics: GIS, remote sensing, urban agriculture, water quality impacts of hard rock mining, silvipasturing

Dan Vimont

Faculty, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Center for Climatic Research

vimont@wisc.edu
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Research topics: Mechanisms of climate variability and change, weather-climate interactions, global and regional impacts of climate change

Donald Waller

Faculty, Department of Botany

dmwaller@wisc.edu

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Research Topics: Agricultural/non-point nutrient inputs to freshwater systems, harmful algal blooms, aerial N-deposition impacts, marine “dead zones”

Yi Wang

Faculty, Department of Horticulture

wang52@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Irrigation management of sustainable vegetable crop production, with a focus on variable rate irrigation and other irrigation best management practices

Daniel B. Wright

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

dwright8@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Flood risk estimation and management, modeling of extreme rainfall, climate change impacts on hydrologic extremes, natural hazards modeling

Chin Wu

Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

chinwu@engr.wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Environmental fluid mechanics and limnology, surface wave dynamics, sediment transport, environmental monitoring, groundwater-surface water interactions

Emeritus Faculty


Mary Anderson

Professor Emerita, Geology and Geophysics
andy@geology.wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Computer modeling of groundwater systems, geological characterization of heterogeneity, groundwater-lake systems

Anders Andren

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director Emeritus, Aquatic Sciences Center
awandren@aqua.wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Aquatic chemistry, remediation of contaminated water and sediments, Great Lakes contaminants, fisheries, invasive species, lake levels, aquaculture, Wisconsin groundwater issues

David E. Armstrong

Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program
dearmstr@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Aquatic chemistry, chemical limnology, nutrient cycles in lakes, chemical contaminants in aquatic systems

Calvin DeWitt

Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
cbdewitt@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: redox potentials at water/peat interface in wetland ponds, evaluation of negative skewness in ectotherm thermoregulation, ecosystem modeling, highway impacts on wetlands,wetland formation

James F. Kitchell

Arthur Hasler Professor Emeritus of Zoology, Faculty, Center for Limnology
kitchell@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Food web interactions and fisheries, Lake ecosystems, Marine ecosystems, Climate change effects on Lake Superior

John J. Magnuson

Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Director Emeritus of the Center for Limnology
jjmagnus@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Long-term ecological research on lakes, analyses of lake ice time series, climate change impacts and adaptations, thermal ecology of fishes, landscape and invasion ecology of lakes.

Ken Potter

Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environment Engineering
kwpotter@wisc.edu
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Research Topics: Hydrological Modeling and Design, Stormwater, Estimation of Hydrologic Risk, Restoration of Aquatic Systems

William Sonzogni

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
sonzogni@gmail.com
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Research Topics: Fate and transport of toxic contaminants, analytical chemistry of pollutants, chemical limnology, water resources management, environmental toxicology