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Ted Anchor ::. MS Candidate

 

Department: Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: Land Resources
Office: NPM/Dept of Horticulture 1575 Linden Dr. Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (715) 340-3662
Email: twanchor@wisc.edu

Educational Background:

BS in Geography, Natural Environmental Systems Program, Northern Illinois University

Research Interests:

My academic research is focused on the documenting the current state of “Wildlife” standards for eco-labeled products and the potential benefits of utilizing alternative approaches in developing new standards. The product of my work will be a certified “Natural Community” Standard for the Healthy Grown eco-potato label.

Additional Information:

"Ecosystem Coordinator" for the World Wildlife Fund/ Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association/University of Wisconsin-Madison Collaboration.

Employed full time at UW-Madison as an Outreach Specialist for the Department of Horticulture assigned to the Nutrient and Pest Management Program. Currently - developing Natural Community Standards for the potato eco-label "Healthy Grown".

 


Heidi Hillhouse ::. PhD Candidate

 

Department: Botany
Office: 319 Birge Hall
Email: hhillhouse@wisc.edu

Educational Background:

BS in Forest, Fisheries, and Wildlife, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Emphasis Wildlife ecology, 1999

MS in Biology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2004. Thesis: "How plant species and functional groups vary in mass and N loss during decomposition" 

Research Interests:

Broadly, I'm interested in plant species diversity in prairie restorations.  My PhD research is centered on the questions of why some native species fail to establish when planted in theoretically suitable habitat, and why these plantings are consistently lower in species diversity than prairie remnants (aside from obvious answer that not all species get planted!).  My ultimate goal is to be able to apply this research to helping increase the diversity of planted prairie restorations.

 


Leith Nye ::. MS Candidate

 

Department: Botany
Office: 319 Birge Hall
Email: dnye@wisc.edu 

Educational Background:

BA in Environmental Studies, Bard College, 2003

Research Interests:

Investigating plant biogeography and community ecology in agricultural landscapes in central Wisconsin.  The results of this research will inform restoration and conservation plans for local potato farms participating in the Healthy Grown brand initiative. Previous to joining the Zedler lab I collected specimens for medicinal plant research at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Hence the photo in the record wildflower bloom in southern California from the spring of 2005.


Julie Speck ::. MS Candidate

 

Department: Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: Land Resources
Office: 2710 Ski Lane Madison, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 237-1162
Email: jrspeck@yahoo.com

Educational Background:

BA in Environmental Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Research Interests:

I’m interested in prairie restoration and fire ecology, as well as environmental education and service learning. I’m the Program Director/Environmental Educator for Girl Scouts of Black Hawk Council.  My primary responsibilities include hooking Girl Scouts up with environmental service projects and managing the ecosystems on the council's 1000+ acres of property.  I'm always looking for volunteers who want to help with land stewardship projects on Black Hawk Council property or for organizations that have projects and need child volunteers. 


Dylan Voeller ::. MS Candidate

 

Department: Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development
Office: 115B Science Hall
Phone: (608) 265-7876
Email: dvoeller@wisc.edu

Educational Background:

BS in Ecology, Behavior & Evolution, University of California, San Diego, 2003

Research Interests:

I'm generally interested in human impacts on the environment as addressed through conservation biology, political ecology, and environmental education. Currently I am investigating riparian plant community ecology and management in southern California.

 


Katy Warner ::. MS Candidate

 

Department: Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: Land Resources
Office: 115B Science Hall
Phone: (608) 265-7876
Email: katy_warner@yahoo.com

Educational Background:

BS in Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, 2001

Research Interests:

Invasive species, degraded land management, restoration ecology, and land use history. Currently I am looking at the invasion history and patterns of common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) in southern Wisconsin.