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Alysa Remsburg

Teaching Professor
Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

service learning, forest ecology, dragonfly and damselfly ecology, forest and riparian socio-ecological systems, conservation biology

Brief biography

Alysa Remsburg teaches in the Environmental Studies Program, where she helps students explore how they interact with the environment as individuals and as a society.  She is passionate about expanding ecological literacy.  As a community ecologist, Alysa has researched how habitat features on land and in the water influence dragonfly species diversity.  Broad interests in landscape ecology have also led her to research experiences with ground beetles, mites, frogs, turtles, forest invasive species, and forest ecosystem processes.  As a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, she investigated how well students learn when other students present information in comparison to when instructors present information.

Alysa grew up in West Michigan, where she frequently spent time exploring lakes and forests. After working in environmental education, Alysa's research in community ecology took her to Yellowstone, northern Wisconsin, South Africa, and Maine.  As Associate Professor of Conservation Biology at Unity College in Maine, Alysa developed an interest in teaching interdisciplinary courses about the environment.  She moved to La Crosse in 2013 to teach full time in an interdisciplinary program and to live near family. Alysa appreciates the strong sense of place that UWL students and community members share: a great pride for the natural landscapes in this unique place.

Current courses at UWL

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Studies Capstone

Topics in Environmental Studies: Woodlands of the Driftless

Topics in Environmental Studies: Food, Culture, and the Environment

Topics in Environmental Studies: Environmental Cinema

Internships in Environmental Studies

Independent Study

FYS 100: Housecats and coyotes: Coexisting with Wisconsin Wildlife


Ph.D.     Zoology, 2007, University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Dissertation: Aquatic and Terrestrial Vegetation Influence Lacustrine Dragonfly (order Odonata) Assemblages at Multiple Life Stages (Advisor: M. Turner)

M.S.       Zoology, 2005, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thesis: Amount, Position, and Age of Coarse Wood Influence Litter Decomposition (Advisor: M. Turner)

B.A.        Biology, 2001, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. Environmental Studies minor Department Honors


Teaching history

Ecotourism and Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica

Topics in Environmental Studies: The Environment and Food Systems

Topics in Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology

Environmental Issues & Insights

Conservation Biology

Population & Community Ecology

Environmental Citizen

Field Ecology Experience

Evolution & Ecology

Cell & Organism Biology

Landscape Ecology Topics in Conservation

Species Diversity in Northern Forests.