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Dr. Kevin Fermanich combines policy and science in his talk on the Bay of Green Bay

Water quality and runoff expert Kevin Fermanich, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, co-presented with Prof. Val Klump of UW-Milwaukee at a major regional conference on the Great Lakes last month.  Their topic was“Lake Michigan’s Green Bay: Why the Dead Zone? What is Needed to Prevent it?” Fermanich has been a key contributor to watershed runoff studies in the Green Bay area, examining phosphorous loading and the resulting low-oxygen conditions that yield so-called “dead zones.” Other case studies will look at Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay and Toledo’s Lake Erie drinking water problems, among other topics. The conference is the second Great Lakes Science-Policy Confluence Conference presented by The Environmental Law & Policy Center in collaboration with Loyola University and Northwestern University’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy.

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He also was a panelist at Green Bay ‘Phosphorus Summit’ — U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble and DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp are convening a “Phosphorus Summit” that took place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Neville Public Museum in downtown Green Bay.  UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich is an invited panelist on the topic of curbing nonpoint pollution. Also taking part will be dairy industry and turfgrass representatives, agency water quality specialists and a representative of NEW Water.

Alumni Love!

ES&P graduate student was a featured alumnus in a recent Valentines themed post by the UW Green Bay Alumni News Blog. The article focused on an increasing number of UWGB alums who loved their campus so much, they returned for a second degree. The Advancement Office database shows 454 people with dual degrees from UWGB.

Marian Shaffer

Read Marian’s story here!

Cat Island Grant Funds Two Graduate Students!

Please congratulate grad students Brianna Kupsky and Tom Prestby and faculty members Matt Dornbush, Patrick Robinson, Bob Howe, and Amy Wolf for a $225,000 federal USFWS grant to UW-Green Bay and Ducks Unlimited for the restoration of aquatic vegetation and aquatic waterfowl habit in the reconstructed Cat Island area. A barrier dike offers hope that wild rice, hardstem bulrush and wild celery can again take root. Researchers are hopeful of restoring a healthy population of native species behind the protection of the new barrier. They need to establish what size plantings are optimal, at what water depths, and the best means (seeding and plugs) for re-establishing native plants.

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Welcome to the New ES&P Website and Blog!

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We have updated the Environmental Sciences and Policy website so that finding information about the program is easier.We will be posting notes, upcoming events, and thesis defense dates to the blog, so be sure to check back or subscribe to get important updates.


There are some important changes within the ES&P program.

  • A “design your own program” emphasis has been added that provides students the flexibility to develop the individual skillsets needed to pursue unique or emerging fields within the broader area of environmental science and policy.
  • There is no longer a need to separately apply for assistantships. All students accepted into the program are eligible and will be automatically considered for all available assistantships
  • New students should note important changes in the curriculum. See the 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog for more information.