Headwaters Team

Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, M.A., Ph.D.CGD_Field_Fall2019
Associate Professor, Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Madison
caroline.gottschalk.druschke@wisc.edu
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Dr. Druschke uses her training in rhetoric to consider the logics and practices of environmental management. She takes a mixed-methods, place-based approach to ongoing research into watershed-based conservation outreach and public engagement with a variety of aquatic restoration projects. Druschke has presented internationally on her work, published in communication and conservation journals, and received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, and AAUW and funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Park Service. Her interdisciplinary work began with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies and a fellowship in the NSF-IGERT program in Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes at the University of Illinois at Chicago and continues with her 2018-2020 pursuit of a M.S. in stream ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lundberg_BrownTroutEmma Lundberg, M.A.
Ph.D. Student, Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Research Assistant, Brook Trout Conservation & Kickapoo Buffer Project
Emma Lundberg is a Ph.D. student in the Environment & Resources program at UW-Madison. She has a background in environmental science with a master’s degree in social science and uses her interdisciplinary background to approach questions of human dimensions of natural resources. Emma served for two years as a research assistant on The Future of Dams Project—a NSF EPSCoR-funded interdisciplinary research collaboration spanning New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine—before transitioning to UW-Madison. Emma examines the multifaceted relationships that communities have with streams, riparian areas, and their fish. To understand these relationships, she employs Q methodology, a method and interactive tool used to examine conflict and human subjectivity. She also brings questions of environmental and social justice concerns to the table by utilizing an intersectional feminist epistemology.

Liz Final-5 copy 2.jpgLiz Kozik, M.F.A.  Twitter | Web
Ph.D. Student, Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Assistant to Prof. Lynda Barry, Chazen Family Distinguished Chair In Art
Liz Anna Kozik is a Ph.D. student in Environment & Resources at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She utilizes comics to tell stories of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie through its ecology, history, and ecological restoration. Her work ties a background in the arts (BFA Rhode Island School of Design 2011, MFA UW-Madison 2017) to academic research in the science, history, and culture of prairie restoration. She currently operates The Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, focusing on environmental education, science communication, and arts-as-research.

Koban_HeadshotJohn Koban, M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate, Composition & Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison
John Koban is a Ph.D. Student in English (Composition & Rhetoric) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Associate with the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment. Koban takes an ecological approach to rhetoric to study controversies about Indigenous sovereignty, particularly when those controversies materialize in public debates about fisheries management and river restoration projects. His orientation is grounded in settler colonial critique – one that prioritizes and promotes Indigenous sovereignty and traditional knowledge while unsettling state knowledge and management practices that aim to erase Indigenous sovereignties. Koban’s interests are informed by previous inquiry into political religious movements, especially with the politics of the apocalyptic Protestant right and its effect on public policy (including environmental policy), and informed by research into the environmental conditions of racism in urban settings.

KassiaShawKassia Krzus-Shaw, M.A.
Ph.D. Student, Composition & Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kassia Krzus-Shaw is a Ph.D. student in the Composition and Rhetoric Program within the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests consider how place-based environmental narratives of ecological restoration reflect and shape identity, especially within cultural community contexts. Through this research, she examines the intersection of embodiment, writing, and environment, especially in the way that these themes shape individual citizenship and community health narratives. She is also interested in how settler colonialism challenges these narratives within archival and ethnographic research contexts. She has a Bachelor of the Arts in English and a Masters of Arts in English from DePaul University in Chicago.

pratt_headshotAmanda Pratt, M.A.
Ph.D. Student, Composition & Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Amanda Pratt is a PhD student in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric and a minor in Science and Technology Studies at UW–Madison. Her research is informed by her academic background in physical geography, environmental science, and writing,as well as her training as a yoga instructor. While working on her MA in Writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, Amanda sought to bring rhetorical theory and composition praxis together at the intersection of rhetorical ecologies and contemplative pedagogies. She is currently studying rhetorics of spirituality in the healing sciences, and especially considering the roles of plant medicines in healing processes.

Isaac_PhotoJon Isaac, M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate, Composition & Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jon Isaac is a Ph.D. candidate in English (Composition and Rhetoric) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has organized with the Teaching Assistants’ Association, the graduate labor union at UW–Madison, since arriving in 2016. Studying the TAA in the UW archives in early 2017 cemented his interest in exploring the intersection between labor and rhetoric in the university. In particular, he looks at how graduate employee unions have historically contended with administrative and cultural discourses that undermine their claims to rights as workers. Though he is a long ways away from his Master’s thesis on service learning at Purdue University, Jon still seeks to situate his work in the realm of public engagement.

Erin with OspreyErin Harrington, M.A., M.S.
Ph.D. Student, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Graduate Research Assistant, SciWrite@URI
Erin Harrington is a Ph.D. student studying Biological and Environmental Sciences at URI.  She has a master’s degree in English as well as a master’s degree in Wildlife Science, and is using her interdisciplinary background to assist with curriculum development and assessment on the NSF-funded SciWrite@URI project. The ultimate goal of her dissertation is to investigate the symbiotic, mutualistic relationship between rhetoric and ecology in order to create more effective strategies for citizen science engagement, science communication assessment, and adaptive curriculum management.

Lab alums

Jamie Remillard / Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (2017), University of Rhode Island / Research Assistant, National Park Service / Current: Assistant Professor, Worcester State University

David Weinberg / Undergraduate Research Scholar / University of Wisconsin-Madison / Dam Controversies in Wisconsin

Jon C. Vander Werff / Master of Environmental Science Management (2018), University of Rhode Island / Research Assistant, The Future of Dams / Current: Fisheries Biologist, Save the Sound-Connecticut Fund for the Environment

Valerie Preler / Master of Environmental Science and Management (2018), University of Rhode Island / Research Assistant, The Future of Dams / Current: Program Director, Block Island Maritime Institute

Jenna Morton-Aiken / Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (2017), University of Rhode Island / Research Assistant, SciWrite@URI / Current: Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Paul McDivitt / Research Assistant, National Park Service / Current: Communication Specialist, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Kristen Hychka / Research Associate, National Park Service / Current: Postdoctoral Associate, New York State Water Resources Institute

Francesca Soluri / Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, NSF-EPSCoR (2016), University of Rhode Island

Hannah Dallas / Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, NSF-EPSCoR (2016), University of Rhode Island

Sara Randall / Research Assistant, The Future of Dams (2016)

Megan Skrip / Graduate Research Assistant, National Park Service (2015-2016) / Ph.D. 2016, Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences specialization / Current: Science Communicator, Center for Geospatial Analytics, NC State University

Alison Fisher / Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, NSF-EPSCoR (2015-2016), University of Rhode Island

Jay Peters / Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (2015), University of Rhode Island / Current: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Cal Poly

John Lee / Research Associate, National Park Service (2014-2015)

Lena Weiss / M.A. in Marine Affairs, Research Associate (2015)

Dylan Hogan / Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, NSF-EPSCoR (2015)