Matt Berg, Grantsburg High School
For the past 16 years Matt has taught biology at Grantsburg High School in northwest Wisconsin. He also owns and operates Endangered Resource Services, LLC – a biological contracting company that specializes in endangered species mitigation, inventory and monitoring surveys, habitat restoration, and public education and outreach about the challenges facing Wisconsin's natural resources as well as the opportunities for everyday people to get involved with conservation. Over the years, he and his students have participated in a number of CBM granted projects dealing with native freshwater mussels, dragonflies, frogs, bats, and aquatic invasive species. As much as he loves all of these groups, his first and real passion will always be birds and helping conserve the habitats that sustain them. Over the years, he’s seen how CBM offers youth and adults a window into the natural world that can be truly life changing, and he's honored to join the rest of the board as they help move the WCBM network forward.
Ben Johnston, Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Ben studied rocks (Geology) in college (BS – University of Cincinnati; MS – University of Maine) and then GIS (MS – Saint Mary's University of Minnesota). He has been working for the Kickapoo Valley Reserve (KVR) since 2003. When management isn't looking, he will be eradicating invasive plants and learning about the flora and fauna of the KVR. Ben likes to count frogs, bats, turtles, owls, cranes, and other birds, as well as both kinds of plants, the rare and the invasive. He is passionate about CBM and readily attempts to recruit innocent bystanders when the opportunity arises. Ben lives in the upper reaches of the Kickapoo Valley.
Anne Kretschmann, North Lakeland Discovery Center
Anne is the Water Specialist at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, coordinating the center's water-related citizen science programming. Anne collaborates with local lake associations and towns to address aquatic invasive species issues, involving citizens in detection, control, and educational outreach. She coordinates the northern Wisconsin long-term lake level monitoring program, the first of its kind in the state, partnering with the Trout Lake Research Station (UW - Center for Limnology) and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources. Anne is also the treasurer for the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association. Anne holds a bachelor's degree in Conservation Biology and conducted graduate work in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and GIS. She has over 20 years of professional wildlife, fisheries, and environmental education experience, working with a wide array of species (everything from mosquitoes to elk to native fish to eagles and anything in between) nation-wide.
Nancy Turyk, UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education
Nancy is a Water Resource Scientist for the Center for Watershed Science and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She conducts lake and river research to assess water quality and health of waterbodies and watersheds for citizen groups and county and federal agencies. All of the studies involve UWSP students in field work, data assessment, and communication. Nancy also instructs water resource courses and is affiliated with UW-Stevens Point's state-certified Water and Environmental Analysis Lab which has supported volunteer monitors since 1975.
Tim Vargo, Urban Ecology Center
Tim's background is in applied biological research with an emphasis in conservation biology, tropical biology and ornithology. He has carried out research in Australia, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Panama, and throughout the United States. Tim received an undergraduate degree in biology from Macalester College and a Masters Degree in biology from Purdue University. He started at the Urban Ecology Center as an Environmental Educator and later moved to the position of Manager of Research and Citizen Science. His team manages a network of urban field stations in which cutting-edge research and monitoring are being carried out through a collaboration between professional and community researchers. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing music, relaxing at home with a good book, and fossil-free (green) birding. He was formerly a referee for the Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby League, under the alter ego, Citizen Defiance.