Academic Staff & Students

Academic Staff

Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Daniel Wolcott (Chris Ribic). Daniel is working in collaboration with the US Forest Service (Rhinelander, WI) to analyze a long-term dataset on beavers from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  The purpose of the project is to provide science-based information to support inventory and monitoring efforts that contribute to the management of ecosystems and activities on the forest. Dr. Wolcott will also be working on a synthesis project involving grassland bird nesting phenology in Wisconsin.

Dr. Katherine Richgels (Mike Samuel). Katie is working on the development of sylvatic plague model using an ordinary differential equation approach.  The model will be used to predict how future climate may impact sylvatic plague outbreaks, especially on Department of Defense properties.

Academic Staff

Alison Ketz (Assistant Scientist). Alison is working in collaboration with the WDNR and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center to understand deer population dynamics in the CWD-endemic region of southwestern Wisconsin.

Albert Beck (Chris Ribic). Mr. Beck is working in collaboration with the US Forest Service (Rhinelander, WI) to analyze long-term datasets (beavers, amphibians) from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and to archive long-term datasets from USFS natural research areas and experimental forests.  The purpose of the projects are to provide science-based information to support inventory and monitoring efforts that contribute to the management of ecosystems and activities on the forest and to document previously collected data and make it available to the public as part of the USFS Research

Research Interns

Erica Diehl (Chris Ribic). Ms. Diehl is working in collaboration with the US Forest Service archive long-term datasets from USFS natural research areas and experimental forests. The purpose of the project is to document previously collected data and make it available to the public as part of the USFS Research Data Archive.

Graduate Students

BJ Byers (M.S., Chris Ribic). BJ’s research project is looking at the effect of fall biomass harvest on grassland birds and ducks on the Leopold Wetland management District. This project is a collaborative project with the Departments of Agronomy and Entomology and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Samantha Asper ((M.S., Chris Ribic). Samantha is a student in Agroecology and is working on documenting bird use of grazed public lands at Buena Vista as part of the Hatch multidisciplinary project on grazing public lands.

Julia Poje (M.S., Mike Samuel).  Julia is studying the impacts of ambient temperature and burrow temperature on prairie dog fleas which are the main vector of sylvatic plague.