Sciences bag 2012
Science Bag

Douglas Steeber & Heather Owen

Your Immune System: Up-Close and Personal

Fridays: April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 8 p.m. Sunday: April 15 at 2 p.m.

Tim Ehlinger C21 Grant

Tim Ehlinger has teamed up with Ryan Holifield, assistant professor of geography, and Manu P. Sobti, associate professor of architecture, to study how consensus on managing water can best be achieved across various kinds of borders – with the hope of informing a model for governing such global resources. Their project is the first awarded,  two-year “Transdisciplinary Challenge” grant from the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21). Read more in the UWM News...

UWM Field Station & Biological Sciences 2011 Picnic


Frogs, Fungi, Ferns, Food and Fermentation what more could a Biologist want! The Field Station Picnic was a great success, best weather ever! Thanks for all who participated and helped with the gathering. Looks like we have a great group of young field biologists in the group.


Biological Sciences
News Highlights

A Tree Hugger, With a Twist

Dr. Schnitzer knows as much about liana-tree interactions as anyone, and what he knows is troubling. In a recent paper in Ecology Letters that looked at all the research on the topic, he confirmed what was first documented nearly a decade ago: that throughout tropical forests in Central and South America, vines are slowly taking over. Read the New York Times

UWM biologist wins Shaw Scientist Award
Christopher Quinn has been awarded one of two Shaw Scientist Awards given by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for his work on how the nervous system develops. Quinn focuses on the process in which axons – the long thin fibers of a nerve cell – form connections during development. Axons comprise the circuitry for the billions of neurons that carry out brain functions. Read more in the UWM News....

Christopher Quinn
Strickler Award
Strickler receives international award J. Rudi Strickler, UWM Shaw Distinguished Professor of biological sciences, has won an international award recognizing research that has redirected the course of inquiry in aquatic science. More...
Schuck w/ Falcon Nest New members of the UWM family Thomas Schuck, a laboratory manager in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been operating a webcam and recording visiting falcons' behavior since April 2008. More...
latch Latch’s Affinity for Biological Sciences Grew in Forests Latch explores wildlife genetics by studying samples such as feathers, feces, hair and eggs of a species. She attempts to isolate DNA to look at the genetic variability More...
schnitzer Vine invasion: UWM ecologist looks at coexistence of trees and lianas Schnitzer’s study in central Panama aims to better understand the impact of lianas on forest regeneration by first looking at the abundance and distribution of the vines. More...
No properties exist for the element

Sonia Bardy The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes two new faculty members this Fall, Sonia Bardy and Madhusudan Dey Read more about them in the Collegium....Madhusudan Dey

Stephen A. Jankiewicz Sr.

Stephen A Jankiewicz Sr. has been selected to receive a Sterling Award - Honoring Achievers Over 60. Steve has been with the Department of Biological Sciences for 43 years as a laboratory technician.


Stefan Schnitzer, associate professor of biological sciences, has received an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more in the UWM Report...

Chang Jae Choi

Graduate student Chang Jae Choi already has something on his résumé very few researchers can claim: He has co-authored a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature. more...



Graduate student Joe Mascaro’s research into “invaded” forests in Hawaii was featured in the prestigious journal more in the UWM Report.

Chuck Wimpee

Chuck Wimpee will be presenting the November Sciences Bag
Good Vibrations: The Science of Music
Fridays: November 6, 13, 20, 27 at 8 pm
Sunday: November 15 at 2 pm

MLPC innovator award
Mary Lynne Perille Collins is retiring at the end of the fall semester. Please join us in recognizing a successful career including her contributions to science and the University. The celebration will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 9th from 1-3 p.m. in Lapham Hall S185.

Potharla and Cheng UWM Report Feb 2010 Yan Xu

Vishwakanth Potharla and Yan Xu are chosen for the UWM Research Foundation (UWMRF) Research Fellows program more in the UWM Report

Eric Cheng

Yi-Qiang “Eric” Cheng, assistant professor of biological sciences (left), directs postdoctoral research associate Cheng Wang and graduate applicant Leah Doughty as they extract a chemical compound from bacteria. Cheng has discovered two compounds derived from a bacterium found in tropical soils that were shown to be effective against about 20 kinds of cancer. Read more.... on the UWM homepage


Liz Kierepka (left), a graduate assistant, and Emily Latch, a UWM assistant professor in biology, display a hair snare used to obtain hair samples from badgers as they leave their burrows. With funding from the Department of Natural Resources, Latch and graduate student Liz Kierepka last month set up a Web site - - and printed fliers to get the word out. They hope to collect DNA samples from as many badgers as they can. Read more at JSOnline...


Falcons thrive on UWM campus
For the second straight year, a pair of nesting falcons have made their home and produced four chicks in a nesting box on the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee campus. The falcon nest and website is a cooperative effort between a number of UWM departments, including Biological Sciences, University Information Technology Services, and Physical Plant Services. Read more UWM News...


Paul Galewski recently received a Certificate of Special Achievement, the highest level of the Botanical Society of America's Young Botanist of the Year Award. Paul has been working in Dr. Sara Hoot's lab on a special project on evolutionary relationships of South American Clematis (a genus of flowering plants commonly grown horticulturally). Paul's results are based on DNA sequence data and were recently presented as a poster at various symposia, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Montana in April. He graduates this spring and will be traveling and working in Peru this summer. Read more.... on the UWM homepage.


Biology research gets a ‘math intervention’
A teaspoon of water from Lake Michigan or a local Wisconsin pond contains millions of viruses. Aquatic biologists John Berges and Erica Young are investigating what changes in the environment will make these viruses more – or less – productive. Major clues have come not only by empirical means, but also through a mathematical intervention. Read more UWM News...

John D. BuntinJohn Buntin received a UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Award on October 14, 2010. This award recognizes researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their field of research. The Award was be presented at 2:00 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room, UWM Union.
Length of Service Award Ceremony
Steve Jankiewicz

Please join the Department in congratulating Heather A Owen and Linda A Whittingham for 15 years of service, Mark J Mcbride for 20 years of service, Reinhold J Hutz and Charles F Wimpee for 25 years of service, Peter J Wejksnora for 30 years of service and Stephen A Jankiewicz Sr for 45 years of service.

Congratulations to Keir Wefferling, a recipient of the prestigious Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America. Keir has been involved in botanical research with Dr. Sara Hoot and will be a graduate student at UW-M next fall.

Keir Wefferling