Mike Stiefvater Fac/Staff Website
In my role as the Biodiversity Center’s GIS/Mapping Specialist, I serve as a resource to students and faculty wishing to incorporate Geospatial Technology into their coursework and research projects. My principal responsibility is assisting with natural sciences-related spatial analyses by identifying appropriate software tools and furnishing coaching in their use. I also maintain the Biodiversity Center’s geospatial data library and Geospatial Technology website.
Other responsibilities include consulting and classroom instruction. In 2007 I worked with Dr. Kevin Fermanich to develop a new course in the Environmental Science curriculum, Remote Sensing and GIS. I served as lab instructor for the eight years that the class was offered.
I obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in 1969 and worked as a process engineer for many years. Along the way I qualified for a Professional Engineer’s license from the State of Wisconsin and worked on numerous plant design and construction projects. I was looking to change direction when I enrolled in UWGB’s masters program in Environmental Science and Policy. Gary Fewless’ Field Botany class turned me on to the natural world and the Introduction to GIS course taught by Dr. Bill Niedzwiedz revealed what my brain is wired for. When I’m is not glued to a computer, I can often be found building stuff, fixing stuff, walking in the woods or on the road to a concert or folk festival. Once in a while I get to tag along on a really cool field expedition.