Meet the Faculty

Michael Bessert (bessertm@uwstout.edu) 

Fish and Population Biology: Use of molecular markers to draw inferences of history – and current status – of populations and species: currently describing a new fish species from the Rio Grande basin; characterizing genetic structure in native brook trout populations of the Driftless Area.   


Chuck Bomar (bomarc@uwstout.edu) 

Insect, Prairie and Stream Biology: Prairie ecologist; functional components of microhabitat requirements for establishing grasshopper community structure. Collaboration with the local trout unlimited to monitor the local trout streams when they are restored.  


Kitrina Carlson (carlsonki@uwstout.edu) 

Plant Biology and Sustainable Agriculture: Research broadly focused on the biology of plants. Currently researching development of novel disease diagnostic tools and investigation of plant-microbe interactions, and agricultural production of plants.  


James Church (churchjam@uwstout.edu) 

Wildlife Biology, Limnology, Landscape, Community, Aquatic and Population Ecology:  I am interested in how local and regional factors regulate population characteristics and community-level structure. I am interested in these dimensions of ecology from both basic and applied perspectives. I am also interested in biological statistics and education research. 


Haley Frater (fraterh@uwstout.edu) 

Wildlife Ecology: I am broadly interested in how wildlife populations are impacted by human activities. My research specifically focuses on how human induced habitat alterations impact abundance and disease presence in mammals.


Maleka (Polly) Hashmi (hashmim@uwstout.edu) 

Cardiovascular Physiology: My research interests include investigating the effect of novel environmental toxins/pollutants on the body. 


Bill James (williamfjames@charter.net) 

Limnology and Biogeochemistry: I have broad research interests in limnology that include nutrient cycling and management in lakes and large river/floodplain biogeochemistry.  I am currently working on nutrient fluxes from aquatic sediment and sediment diagenetic processes.  


Krista James (jamesk@uwstout.edu) 

General Environmental: I have a diverse array of interests:  water quality, GIS, environmental and forest education, and recycling and waste reduction.  I’m always open to exploring new research areas. 


Arthur Kneeland (kneelanda2006@uwstout.edu) 

Entomology and Sustainable Agriculture: Integrated Pest Management, aquaponics, winter greenhouse production and including a wide variety of sustainable agricultural topics. I’m also always open to exploring new research. 


Matt Kuchta (kuchtam@uwstout.edu) 

Geology and Paleobiology: My research interests are broadly-based in many areas of geology, particularly Paleoecology and Sedimentology / Stratigraphy. The objects of my research are land snails - both modern and fossil species. I am also focused on fossil shells from late Pleistocene ("Ice Age") in the WI Driftless Area. 


Mandy Little (littlea@uwstout.edu) 

Plant Ecology and GIS: Application of GIS and remote sensing to problems in plant, restoration, and landscape ecology; wetlands; invasive plant species; and beaver ecology. 


Scott McGovern (mcgoverns@uwstout.edu) 

Environmental Health and Epidemiology: Researching cyanobacteria and their impact on the environment, specifically water, air and environmental health of our local communities.


Ana VandeLinde (vandelindea@uwstout.edu) 

Water Quality and Environmental Chemistry: The Water Testing and Research Facility trains students to perform water quality tests, including developing tests for trichlosan, DEET and other pharmaceuticals in water. We are also developing tests for cadmium, lead and arsenic in soil and investigating heavy metal uptake by plants with edible leaves. 

 

Program Director

Krista James, Program Director
327 Science Wing — Jarvis Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI  54751

Phone: 715-232-1557
Email: jamesk@uwstout.edu

Matt Kuchta and student

"The professors are very helpful, informational and very willing to help students out."  Katie Ankowicz


"The professors and advisers in UW-Stout's Environmental Science Program are not only great teachers but great mentors who have helped me decide what I want to do, what's best for my future, and how to achieve my career goals."  Clay Olson