Wildlife and Forestry Research
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Banding an Eastern Meadowlark.

Banding an Eastern Meadowlark.

Setting up for understory measurements.

Setting up for understory measurements.

Radio-collared adult female white-tailed deer being released from a box trap.

Radio-collared adult female white-tailed deer being released from a box trap.

Creating canopy gaps may lead to development of old-growth structure while allowing timber harvest.

Creating canopy gaps may lead to development of old-growth structure while allowing timber harvest.

Female Blue-winged Teal fitted with a radio transmitter to estimate production and survival in southern Wisconsin.

Female Blue-winged Teal fitted with a radio transmitter to estimate production and survival in southern Wisconsin.

Radio-tagged American badger being returned to its den site post-surgery.

Radio-tagged American badger being returned to its den site post-surgery.

Wildlife and forestry research

Wildlife and forestry research provides technical expertise to meet department needs for science-based decision making. This is achieved by providing a balance of research on landscape-scale ecosystem projects, socially and economically important species, and species and habitats that are rare, threatened or endangered. Our findings inform DNR policymakers, stakeholders, and partners. We also investigate emerging issues such as climate change, biomass, toxicology and restoration to address issues as they develop.

Research is funded primarily by state, federal and nongovernmental grant funding to implement and complete priority research activities and transfer information to managers, policymakers and administrators.

Wildlife and forest research involves many aspects of our natural environment. These include:

Current staff

Wildlife and forestry research staff are located at two research stations: Science Operations Center-Madison, and the Northern Forest Research Unit, Rhinelander.

Section chief

Scott Hull
Acting section chief
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-224-6196
email

Waterfowl

Ron Gatti
Waterfowl biologist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6348
email

Wildlife populations

Scott Hull
Upland research scientist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-224-6196
email

Robert Rolley
Wildlife population ecologist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6341
email

Dan Storm
Ungulate research ecologist
107 Sutliff Ave.
Rhinelander, WI 54501
608-630-0370
email

Ecologists

Richard Henderson
Plant ecologist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6347
email

Tricia Knoot
Forest research sociologist/economist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6335
email

Mike Mossman
Forest community ecologist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6346
email

David Sample
Grassland community ecologist
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6351
email

Northern research

Dustin Bronson
Forest research ecologist
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
715-360-6808
email

Nathan Roberts
Wolf, bear, and furbearer ecologist
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
715-490-9345
email

Michael Meyer
Wildlife toxicologist
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
715-360-4062
email

Wildlife surveys

Brian Dhuey
Survey database manager
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-6342
email

Former research directors/section chiefs, 1946 - present

  • Irvin Buss 1946-1948
  • Cyril Kabat 1949- 1960
  • James Hale 1961-1978
  • Jim March 1978-1981
  • Bob Dumke 1981-1992
  • Jerry Bartelt 1992-2007
  • Karl Martin 2008 - Present
Last revised: Tuesday August 19 2014