Mark Rickenbach

Dean Mark Rickenback

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Senior Associate Dean and Professor  

226 Russell Labs
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-890-0225

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Degree Institution Major Field Granted
B.S. Pennsylvania State University Forest Science 1994
M.S. University of Massachusetts-Amherst Forestry 1996
Ph.D. Oregon State University Forest Resources 2000

Professional Experience

Institution Title Specialization Years
UW-Madison Senior Associate Dean College of Agricultural and Life Sciences present
UW-Madison Department Chair Forest & Wildlife Ecology 2015-2019
UW-Madison Professor Extension, social science, and policy 2011-present
UW-Madison Associate Professor Extension and social forestry 2006-2011
UW-Madison Assistant Professor Extension and social forestry 2000-2006
Oregon State University Research Associate Forestry extension 2000


The Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute works at the crossroads of communities, natural resources and agriculture.

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Our educators, researchers and specialists are leading and supporting water, forestry, geology, conservation, environmental education and wildlife projects across the state and region.

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The Learning Store is your source for Extension natural resources publications, guides, summaries and more!

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Part of the Agriculture, Natural Resources & Community Development Program Area

Our institute is part of Extension’s Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Community Development. The department helps producers, farmers and businesses build stronger and more diverse farm and food systems and works with communities and regions to support land and water resource needs.

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Tricia Gorby is the director for the Natural Resources Institute. Tricia also worked as the implementation manager for the nEXT Generation project with Extension. Prior to joining Extension, Tricia served in several roles at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Most academic publications are available and most up-to-date at Google Scholar.
Extension and related publications that might not be captured there include publications listed on the publications page of my lab website.