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The activities of many Biology faculty are featured in this winter's CSH Newsletter

Driftless Area BioBlitz 2022

CHECK IT OUT! Our very own Barrett Klein and Todd Osmundson (UW-La Crosse Entomology and Mycology Professors) will once again be part of the Insect BioBlitz team who will provide a fun and informational event on Sunday, September 25th, at Myrick Park and Lower Hixon Forest! They and others will share interesting collections, and help identify numerous insects and fungi. Check out the Driftless Area BioBlitz Facebook page ( for more information about this and future events. 



Markus Mika

Markus Mika, Biology, co-authored the article "Flammulated owl distribution and habitat associations during the breeding season in the western United States" in Forest Ecology and Management and was accepted for publication by Elsevier. The work represents a collaboration of academic, governmental and non-profit stakeholders concerned with the effect of climate change on forest habitats and sensitive bird populations in western mountain habitats.

Submitted on: Feb. 23

Tisha King-Heiden

Tisha King-Heiden, Biology, presented "Sublethal effects of chronic exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides in aquatic organisms" at the Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC) meeting on Friday, Feb. 16 online. The GCC is comprised of representatives from the Dept of Natural Resources (DNR), the Dept of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the Dept of Health Services (DHS), the Dept of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), the Dept of Transportation (DOT), the UW System, the WI Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and a Governor’s appointed representative (local farmer). The presentation was a summary of work done in collaboration with Dr. Harrahy from UW-Whitewater to assist the GCC in preparing an annual report for the legislature on the “state” of our groundwater resources, and to inform future research needs for the GCC Joint Solicitation of groundwater research projects for possible (GCC agency) funding.

Submitted on: Feb. 16

Brandon Thill

Brandon Thill, Biology student, presented "Evaluating suitable habitat for Brook Trout in the Driftless Area" at Wisonsin Trout Unlimited - Talking Trout on Feb. 7 online. Brandon presented his graduate research for Wisconsin Trout Unlimited at their online "Talking Trout" series. He is studying the effects of geology type on native Brook Trout in streams of the Driftless Area. His research with Dr. Jason Freund aims to help inform us about how to maintain native Brook Trout in the face of climate change and non-native competitors. The series in an online (Zoom) presentation that is recorded for their YouTube page.

Submitted on: Feb. 8

Tisha King-Heiden

Tisha King-Heiden, Biology, presented "Cultural Humility: Fostering Deeper Community Relationships" at Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center on Feb. 6 in La Crosse, WI. This workshop was co-led with Amanda Goodenough (Goodenough Consulting, LLC) for the UMESC/USGS Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility workshop series. The introspective workshop provided the opportunity for participants to learn how to engage in critical self-work, identify systemic inequities, and explore ideas for applying cultural humility principles into personal and professional spheres of influence as scientists and science supporters.

Submitted on: Feb. 7

Tisha King-Heiden

Tisha King-Heiden, Biology, was named co-leader of the PFAS Collaborator Group for the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FCW) on Feb. 1. She will work with her previous graduate student, Anja Jeninga (MS, Biology 2022), who is currently the inaugural emerging contaminant outreach specialist at UW Extensions Natural Resources Institute. The goal of the FCW Collaborator group is to bring together scientists from the Universities of Wisconsin with those from local government and industry who are all working to better understanding the risks that PFAS pose to wildlife and human health. Ultimately, we hope to provide state legislators with the information they require to make data-informed decisions to best protect Wisconsin's water resources.

Submitted on: Feb. 7