Funded Projects in Wisconsin Communities

Preparing Wisconsin’s rural communities for amplified weather extremes

Project leaders

Ken Genskow, professor and extension specialist, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

Steve Vavrus, Wisconsin State Climatologist and assistant director, Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Paul Block, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Improving Central Sands groundwater quality to ensure a vibrant future for agriculture, rural living and surrounding ecosystems

Project leader

Jed Colquhoun, professor and extension specialist, Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences.

Community Health Workers as a Bridge Between Extension and Rural Healthcare Systems to Support Whole Family Health and Well-Being

Project leaders

Amber Canto, Health and Well-Being Institute Director, Division of Extension

Larissa Duncan, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Human Ecology

Zoua Vang, Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Human Ecology

Natural wild rice bed in; photo by Eli Sagor on Flickr Creative Commons.

Connecting Cultural Values and Indigenous Research Towards Food System Resilience

Project leaders

Tricia Gorby, Natural Resources Institute Director, Division of Extension

Dan Cornelius, Outreach Program Manager, UW Law School’s Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Promoting Family-Centered and Family-School-Community Mental Health Support for Children in Rural Wisconsin Communities

Project leaders

Andy Garbacz, School of Education

Robert Nix, School of Human Ecology

Jen Park-Mroch, Institute for Health and Well-Being, Division of Extension

Angela Flickinger, Institute for Health and Well-Being, Division of Extension

The Rural Livability Project 

Project leader

  • Tessa Conroy, Professor and Extension Specialist, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

WISCONET, Wisconsin’s Environmental Mesonet

Project leader

Chris Kucharik, Professor, Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Wisconsin State Climatology Office

Project leaders

Steve Vavrus, State Climatologist, Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Michael Notaro, Director, Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies