Student Directory
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home to both the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and Wisconsin Water Resources Institute. Biographies of graduate students funded by both programs are hosted on this page. 

Students Supported, Alphabetical Order by Last Name

Kate Ballard: From Sea Grant Scholar to NASA Statistician
Kate Ballard is a data scientist. Eight months ago, the former Weston Scholar and Sea Grant student landed a job as a statistician at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Virginia. Read more...


Adam Bechle
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


Lucas Beversdorf: Following Toxic Algae From Hawaii to Wisconsin

Say you’re working in Hawaii, studying blue-green algae in the ocean for your oceanography master’s degree. What could possibly lure you to the more chilly climes of Wisconsin to study algae in Madison’s Lake Mendota? As it turns out, a lot of things.

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Chelsey Blanke
M.S. student, Freshwater and Marine Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


David Cannon
M.S. student, Purdue University (Note: David Cannon was funded on a Joint Wisconsin-Illinois/Indiana grant) Read more...


Scott Cardiff
Ph.D. student, Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


Danielle Cloutier
Ph.D. student, Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Read more...


Zac Driscoll
M.S., Freshwater Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Read more...


Francis Eanes
Ph.D. student, Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


Samantha Ebert
M.S. Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Read more...


Joe Fitzgerald: From Plankton Guy to Water Resources Policy Economist
Wisconsin Sea Grant student, Joe Fitzgerald, spent the past two years working with Northland College Professor Randy Lehr collecting plankton. He hopes one day to focus on water resources policy and economics. Not bad for a student who started out as an assistant custodian in the lab where he is now a research scientist! Read more...


Barry Johnson: Where is he now?
A branch chief of the U.S. Geological Survey in La Crosse, Wis., credits his experience as a former Ph.D. student supported by Wisconsin Sea Grant with preparing him to be an independent researcher and in helping him disseminate his findings to natural resource managers. Read more...


Matt Kornis: Former Sea Grant Student Now Works With Millions of Fish
His current job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Green Bay, Wis. Kornis is a fish biologist and data analyst with the Great Lakes Mass Marking Program. He started as a Sea Grant-supported student in Jake Vander Zanden's lab at UW-Madison.  Read more...


Shelby LaBuhn--Love of Math and Nature Leads Student to Lake Michigan Mud
Shelby LaBuhn grew up playing in the forests of Michigan’s rural “thumb.” Although she liked math more than science, when it came time to choose her undergraduate degree, her experience in nature tipped the scales. “The forest was my world,” LaBuhn said. “That got me interested in environmental sciences and wanting to protect that at an early age.” Read more...


Alvaro Linares
Ph.D. student, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


Luke Loken -- St. Louis River Provides Training Ground

The St. Louis River Estuary in Superior, Wis., is keeping things interesting for the inquiring mind of Luke Loken. A limnology graduate student at UW-Madison, Loken is working on a project funded jointly by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs to assess seasonal variability in estuary water quality.

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Chelsea Lowes -- Former Knauss Fellow Now Runs the Program
Chelsea Lowes went off to Washington, D.C., as a Knauss Fellow in 2009. A few short years pass and now she's running the show, ensuring great opportunities for the next generations of students. Read more...


Andrew Mangham: From Chemistry Ph.D. to Work with Bluff and Beach Erosion Issues
As a project assistant working on the Great Lakes Water Levels Integrated Assessment, Andrew Mangham has been working with coastal homeowners to present a set of options for structural solutions, policy options and decision support tools that communities can choose from to develop resilient, adaptive plans for living on the coast. Read more...


Caroline M. Mosley
M.S. Freshwater Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Read more...


Dylan Olson
M.S. student, Freshwater Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Read more...


Feng Pan
Ph.D. student, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Read more...


Michael Polich: Determined to Make a Difference
2016 Great Lakes Commission Fellow Michael Polich has set himself up for success. Read more...


Anne Pearce
M.S., Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


Rob Roth -- Mapping Specialist and Former Sea Grant Student Finds His Way Back to Wisconsin
A former Sea Grant student is returning to the UW-Madison campus, this time as a professor. Read more...


Chunqi Shen
Ph.D student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Read more...


Sue Zanne Tan: A Former Weston Scholar Engineers Microorganisms at MIT
In 2010, Sue Zanne Tan received the Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to promising undergraduate students working on Aquatic Sciences Center-supported projects. Now, five years later, her scientific exploration continues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Read more...


Katy Thostenson
M.S., Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


Benjamin Turschak
M.S., Freshwater Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Read more...


Carolyn Voter
Ph.D. student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...


James Waples: Where Is He Now?
What’s an environmental radiochemist? Find out by reading about former graduate student James Waples’s career. Read more...


Krystan Wilkinson – The Wisconsin Shark Lady
When Krystan Wilkinson of Middleton, Wis., was eight, she read a book about Eugenie Clark, a shark researcher and founding director of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. That was the start of her life's path.  Read more...


Zhiwei Ye
Ph.D. student, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Read more...

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