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Meet our new SEWISC Board Members

SEWISC has four new board members who greatly broaden the knowledge base and the geographic representation of the organization. The four new board members will serve three-year terms. They bring the board size to 12. SEWISC's bylaws permit up to 15 board members.
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Theresa Morgan


Theresa MorganI am the Conservation Specialist at the River Revitalization Foundation, I was hired primarily to implement riparian conservation projects on the Menomonee River, but as a very small land trust, my responsibilities run the gamut from grant writer, to restoration work, to administration. I completed a BS in Biological Aspects of Conservation at UW-Madison and a Master's in Environmental Science and Management at the Bren School in Santa Barbara, CA. I have worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone NP, and for the Forest Service in several spots throughout the Eastern Sierras in California where I did everything from fisheries work to carnivore population studies. After almost seven years out west, I recently came back to my roots in Wisconsin when my fiancée, Joseph, and I moved to Milwaukee in June 2010. I love to explore the hidden, wild places in Wisconsin, go rock climbing, garden, and cook. We can usually be found doing these things with my Australian shepherd, Abbey.

Julia Robson


Julia RobsonI was born in Miami, Florida in May of 1990. My family and I moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1999 where I finished grade school and then attended Wilmot Union High School. I graduated from high school in 2008 and began my freshman year at UW-Milwaukee that fall pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a second degree in Conservation & Environmental Sciences. During my freshman and sophomore year of college I worked as a field assistant and active site manager for Eric Hileman in conducting research to estimate survival rates, abundance, population density, and sex ratios of the State threatened Butler’s garter snake. During my junior year I became a certified Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This required that every winter I conduct three wolf tracking surveys to assist in the DNR’s winter census of our state’s population of wolves. Currently I work as a Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas intern gaining valuable experience in the areas of land management, invasive species, and plant identification. I have been an intern for a year now and plan to continue the internship as long as I can! I have also been working for the past year as a Wildlife Technician for the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park, Milwaukee. I am in charge of conducting the Butler’s garter snake monitoring program. I will be working as a Wildlife Technician for the upcoming 2012 field season as well. I was on the Dean’s Honor List for the fall semester of 2011 and will be graduating this winter. After graduating I plan on attending graduate school for a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology. I am looking forward to serving as a student board member for the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium!!

Dave Rogers


Dave RogersDavid Rogers is a plant ecologist with expertise in the flora and natural history of the Great Lakes region. He grew up in Green Bay, received his B.S. in Biology at the UW-Stevens Point. Following years of fieldwork around the U.S., he then earned an M.S. in Landscape Architecture where he studied the Atlantic Coastal Plain Disjunct plants in Central Wisconsin. He then earned his Ph.D. in Botany at UW-Madison where he used Curtis' baseline data from the early 1950s to study changes in southern Wisconsin forest understories. He is currently an assistant professor of biology at the UW–Parkside where he teaches environmental science, botany, ecology, conservation biology. His research focuses on long-term dynamics of Midwestern plant communities and the influence of current and past land-uses on meta-community dynamics.

Michael Yanny


Michael YannyMichael has been at Johnson's Nursery, Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin since 1980. He graduated in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Horticulture.

Michael learned many of his propagation and plant selection skills while working with Herbert F. Trautman of Trautman Nurseries in Franksville, Wisconsin in the late 1970's.

Michael has been responsible for expanding the availability of a variety of native trees and shrubs from local genotype. He has also identified superior strains and cultivars of native plants for use in landscaping. He is a member of the Species Assessment Group for Invasive Woody Plants. This committee makes recommendations to the Governor's Council on Invasive Species as to which plant species should be regulated in the State of Wisconsin. Michael is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and in his spare time likes to read and write poetry.