Ken Genskow and Jenna Klink named interim co-directors of Environmental Resources Center

The integrated UWEX-CE/UW-Madison CALS Environmental Resources Center (ERC) will be co-directed on an interim basis by Ken Genskow and Jenna Klink. Their interim roles will coincide with the interim roles that have been assumed by the former ERC co-directors, Jed Colquhoun, interim Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, UW-Madison CALS and Patrick Robinson, interim Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Program Director, UWEX-CE.

Genskow is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the UW-Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, where he currently serves as chair of the department. Genskow’s research and extension program focuses on collaborative water resource management and water resources policy and planning. He also serves as the Director of the Regional Natural Resources Program within ERC, which includes a team of Natural Resource Educators located across the state providing local and statewide education, training, and technical support for natural resource issues.

Klink is a Senior Evaluation Specialist with UWEX-CE. She leads the ERC Evaluation Unit, which includes professional evaluators and a mix of student evaluators, who work to improve and sustain programs for diverse populations led by UW, state agencies, and clients nationally. Klink also supports Extension educators by serving on the UW-Extension Evaluation Leadership and Support Team. In the past she has worked on national and international efforts, including Ugandan community-based projects and post-Hurricane Katrina initiatives.

The ERC is an integrated UWEX/UW-Madison center that offers applied research, communication, education, evaluation and instructional design focused on the many dimensions of environmental issues. 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 staff and affiliates at ERC lead environmental research and outreach on topics such as water management, forestry, energy, and citizen science. More information about the center is available at