Francisco Arriaga, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Francisco Arriaga

Francisco Arriaga is an Assistant 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.
Assistant Professor
1525 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Ken Genskow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kenneth GenskowAssociate Professor Ken Genskow addresses 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.

Ken holds a joint appointment with the Division of Extension, where he serves as a specialist on water resource and directs  Extension’s Regional Natural Resources Program. The program involves a team of extension educators working throughout the state with local agency and organizational partners to address priority state and local resource management issues. Ken is also affiliated with the The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Agro-ecology program.

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.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Director, Regional Natural Resources Program
(608) 262-8756


Karl Martin, Dean and Director of the Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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


Rebecca Power, Director, North Central Region Water Network, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Headshot of Rebecca Power

Rebecca Power the Director of the North Central Region Water Network branded program within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute. During her nearly 19 years with Extension, she has developed and supported successful multi-state, multi-disciplinary teams to address water resource issues in the Upper Midwest and created stronger linkages between the environmental and social sciences in water resource management. She began her career with a private consulting firm restoring savannas, prairies, wetlands, and spent eight years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service using adaptive management strategies in the restoration of savanna ecosystems.


Rebecca Power
North Central Region Water Network
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
Environmental Resources Center
445 Henry Mall, Rm 202
Madison, WI 53706

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