Patrick Robinson named interim program director of Cooperative Extension’s CNRED program area

robinsonOn Thursday, September 29 incoming Cooperative Extension Dean Karl Martin announced Patrick Robinson will assume interim responsibilities for the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) program area as a result of Martin leaving that post to assume the deanship.

Robinson, an adjunct assistant professor of environmental science and policy at UW-Green Bay, served as the co-director of the Environmental Resources Center for the past five years. He has been with Cooperative Extension for over 14 years, working as a multi-county educator and campus-based specialist. His research interests relate to habitat restoration, especially in wetland and shallow lacustrine environments, as well as studying the effectiveness of ecosystem management that incorporate both the social and natural sciences. Robinson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from UW-Green Bay and a PhD in land resources from the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Martin says, “Patrick is a pragmatic, innovative, and energetic person.  He has built numerous relationships with a variety of partners, is highly respected both internally and externally and is exceptional at securing external funding to advance the mission of Cooperative Extension.” Martin also noted that he is working on a transition plan for Environmental Resource Center leadership now that Robinson and Jed Colquhoun are serving as program directors and leaving their co-directorship of that joint CALS/Extension center.

Robinson will begin his duties on November 1, 2016. In his new role, he will continue to co-chair the CNRED Program Area nEXT Gen Work Group.