As Deans for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison and Cooperative Extension at UW-Extension (UWEX-CE), we are pleased to announce our interim leadership plan and team for the integrated UWEX-CE/UW-Madison CALS Environmental Resources Center.
For the next 18 months, the ERC will be co-directed on an interim basis by Dr. Jed Colquhoun and Dr. Patrick Robinson.
Jed is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the UW-Madison’s Department of Horticulture. Jed’s research and extension program focuses on integrated pest management solutions for fruit and vegetable crops that are environmentally responsible and economically solvent. He also serves as the Director of a recently reinvigorated Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (WISA) that now involves over 50 faculty, staff and students, as well as hundreds of stakeholders, in place-based sustainability research and outreach.
Pat is an Environmental Studies Outreach Specialist with UW-Extension Cooperative Extension and is located at UW-Green Bay. He is also currently serving as the Interim Assistant Manager for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. Pat’s outreach and research efforts focus on ecosystem management and human interaction with the environment. Currently, he is involved in climate change outreach and research at the state, regional, and national level.
We are pleased that Jed and Pat have agreed to replace former director Elaine Andrews who retired from the University in June. Elaine provided great leadership for ERC. We anticipate Jed and Patrick building upon that leadership to create new programming opportunities for CALS and UWEX-CE.
For those of you not familiar with ERC, this integrated UWEX/UW-Madison Center offers state-of-the-art applied research, communication, and education focused on the many dimensions of environmental issues. The Center has worked with colleagues from all four program areas and decision by John Shutske and Tom Blewett to have the co-leaders coming from ANRE (Colquhoun) and CNRED (Robinson) is intentional in continuing the Center’s cross program area and multidisciplinary work.
The mission of the ERC is to empower individuals and communities to make conscious, well-informed decisions about their environments and the social processes involved in caring for those environments. The 60-plus staff and affiliates at ERC lead environmental research and outreach on topics such as best environmental education practices, bioenergy generation and environmental sustainability, communicating about the environment, farm and home environmental management, training for conservation professionals, volunteer water quality monitoring, water program planning and evaluation, watershed education, forestry, and youth environmental stewardship education. More information about the center is available at http://www.uwex.edu/erc/
We are excited that Drs. Colquhoun and Robinson will bring their unique expertise and energy to this important Center!
Interim Dean and Director
Dean, Cooperative Extension