Joe Bonnell, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension

Joe Bonnell has been involved in watershed and natural resource management for thirty years. He began his career as an environmental education volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Costa Rica. After the Peace Corps, Joe returned to his home state of Ohio to begin a doctoral program in natural resources at The Ohio State University where he also began his career in extension as a graduate research associate in watershed management. After completing his doctoral program, he accepted a full-time position as the director of watershed programs for OSU Extension, where he developed the Ohio Watershed Academy and Ohio Watershed Network to support community-based watershed protection efforts around the state. During his tenure with OSU, Joe also developed programs to support environmental leadership and volunteer naturalists. He also participated in multi-state extension programs as the OSU representative to the North Central Region Water Network and the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia research and extension initiative. Through these multi-state initiatives, Joe had the opportunity to collaborate with extension colleagues from the University of Wisconsin and to develop an appreciation for water resource issues across the Midwest. In 2018 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach environmental conflict management and conduct research on collaborative watershed management in the Dominican Republic. In addition to his PhD in Natural Resources, Joe has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Miami University of Ohio and an MS in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University.

Joe Bonnell
Interim Network Director
303 W Chapel Street, Ste. 1200
Dodgeville, WI 53533

Francisco Arriaga, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Francisco Arriaga

Francisco Arriaga is an Associate Professor in UW-Madison’s Department of Soil Science and an Extension Soil Specialist. His research supports the development of management systems that promote crop productivity, as well as soil and water conservation. Interests include tillage, soil compaction issues, crop residue management, cover crops, and water quality and quantity issues.

Arriaga has a BS in Soil Science from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and a Master’s in Agronomy and Soils from Auburn University. He earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science from UW-Madison in 2000.

Francisco Arriaga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
1525 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ken Genskow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kenneth Genskow

Professor Ken Genskow works on issues of environmental planning and policy, watershed planning, and collaborative and participatory approaches to resource management. His research and applied work have explored the evaluation and assessment of collaborative watershed management, watershed governance, and the effectiveness of educational and technical assistance programs on land management. Genskow is interested in planning processes that provide for meaningful participation by stakeholders in resource management initiatives as well as planning approaches that explicitly incorporate a social component into environmental planning and management, especially around water and agriculture, climate change, and natural infrastructure.

Professor Genskow has a BS in General Engineering and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ken Genskow, Ph.D.
Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
(608) 890-0673

Karl Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension

Karl MartinKarl Martin is the Dean and Director of the Division of Extension, a division of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is responsible for staff located across Wisconsin’s 72 counties, three tribal offices and five UW System campuses. Prior to this position, Karl served as the State Program Director for Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

The Division of Extension offers timely access to University research and is funded by local, state and federal partners. The division offers educational programs that address the important issues of individuals, families, businesses and communities.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, Karl was the Chief of the Wildlife and Forest Research Program with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and prior to that he was a Forest Research Scientist based out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Karl grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy and ginseng farm in Marathon County and was the youngest of 11 children. He attended UW-Marathon County and UW-Madison before leaving Wisconsin for his graduate studies at Oregon State University. Karl has a doctorate in forest ecology, a master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from UW-Madison.

Karl enjoys fishing, cooking maple syrup, biking, hunting, kayaking, cooking and managing his small orchard. He lives with his wife and three sons near Brooklyn, Wisconsin.

Karl Martin
601 Extension Building432
North Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706

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