March 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center
1201 Big Hill Court
WI 53511
Brenda Plakans
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in Wisconsin (FWEC Annual Meeting) @ Welty Environmental Center

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in Wisconsin (FWEC Annual Meeting)

Join us for Welty’s first Annual Meeting lecture since 2019! We are pleased to host Dr. Joshua Kapfer, a biology professor from UW-Whitewater, speaking onAmphibian and Reptile Conservation in Wisconsin.” Dr. Kapfer will include a brief overview of his new book Amphibians and Reptiles of Wisconsin published by UW-Press and discuss general conservation issues facing the state’s amphibians and reptiles with several case examples.

Dr. Kapfer’s presentation will be followed by Welty’s Annual Meeting, with a review of 2022 and the election of new Board members. The public is welcome to attend (only members can vote), and light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited and the afternoon is free, so please sign up below. The discussion will be directed to adults, but herpetology enthusiasts of any age are welcome.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Wisconsin is available for purchase at: https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5426.htm (it’s also available on Amazon)

Joshua M. Kapfer (Professor and Certified Wildlife Biologist ®) has lived most of his life in southern Wisconsin. He was born in Stoughton, just south of Madison. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (1999, 2002) in Biology and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (2007) in Ecology and Evolution. His doctoral research investigated numerous aspects of Gophersnake ecology and conservation in Sauk County.

After earning his doctoral degree, Josh worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, NRC Environmental Consulting (now Stantec), and Elon University in North Carolina. Since 2011, Josh has been with the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he teaches various lecture and field-based ecology courses and conducts research with undergraduate students. He is broadly interested in vertebrate ecology and conservation, with publications centered on amphibians, reptiles, fish, and mammals (although he will admit to a particular fondness for Wisconsin’s reptiles). He currently lives in Walworth County with his family.