Upon declaring the major, all Conservation Biology students are assigned to an advising team composed of a Faculty Advisor and the Student Services Coordinator.

Your Faculty Advisor

Your Faculty Advisor provides guidance specific to the Conservation Biology discipline through discussions about undergraduate experiences (i.e. internships, research, volunteering, etc.) that will help prepare you for graduate work or a career after graduation.

You can make an appointment with your Faculty Advisor via email.

Your Student Services Coordinator

Your Student Services Coordinator provides guidance specific to the Conservation Biology discipline but also provides developmental advising throughout your undergraduate career. Your Student Services Coordinator will help with course selection, registration, DARS, L&S degree and major requirements, and tracking progress towards graduation, as well as connecting you to important resources across campus.  Make an appointment here.

Declared students are encouraged to meet with their Faculty Advisors and Student Services Coordinator regularly throughout the duration of their undergraduate experience.

Faculty Advisors:

Thomas Givnish

Botany, 315 Birge Hall
givnish@wisc.edu, 262-5718

Research interests: plant ecology & evolution; adaptive radiation and molecular systematics; physiological ecology; landscape dynamics; genetically engineered organisms

Sara Hotchkiss 

Botany/IES, 353 Birge Hall
shotchkiss@wisc.edu, 265-6571

Research interests: vegetation history; ecosystem response to climate change; disturbance and landscape dynamics; ecosystem development; paleoecology

Tony Ives 

Zoology, 459 Birge Hall
arives@wisc.edu, 262-1519

Research interests: Community ecology and population biology; work extends to evolution and behavior; statistical modeling; phylogenetic patterns in comparisons among species and communities; agricultural pests

Karen Strier

Karen Strier

Anthropology, 5440 Social Science
kbstrier@wisc.edu, 262-0302

Research interests: primate social behavioral ecology; biological anthropology

Jake Vander Zanden

Center for Limnology/Zoology, 226b Center for Limnology
mjvanderzand@wisc.edu, 262-9464

Research interests: ecology, threats, and management of freshwater systems; aquatic invasive species;


Donald Waller Major Chair

Botany, 138 or 232 Birge Hall
dmwaller@wisc.edu, 263-2042

Research interests: plant ecology; deer impacts on plant diversity; population genetics and evolution; forest and game management policies

Student Services Coordinator:

Ginny Jackson

Please contact Ginny Jackson for undergraduate advising in the major.

Email vjackson4@wisc.edu or schedule an appointment