|After graduating with her B.S. in Biology from Penn State, Nancy earned an M.S. in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Nancy worked as a private consultant for EG&G, Inc. in Bakersfield, California as an endangered species ecologist from 1982-1985, returning to SUNY-ESF to complete her Ph.D. in Ecology in 1989. Nancy’s doctoral work focused on white-tailed deer ecology in the central Adirondack Mountains. Following the completion of her doctorate, Nancy completed a post-doc at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology. Between 1990 and 1995, Nancy worked for the federal government as the Assistant Unit Leader for Wildlife at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas.
In 1995, Nancy joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a full professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and a member of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program. Nancy is also the director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service at UW-Madison, where she oversees placement of over 1,500 UW-Madison students into volunteer and service-learning opportunities each year. Throughout her academic career, Nancy’s teaching has focused on endangered species management on private lands, endangered species policy, behavioral ecology, and ecosystem management. Her research has focused on: endangered species management and ecology, neotropical migrant bird habitat interactions, white-tailed deer behavior and chronic wasting disease, and a number of interdisciplinary research projects integrating social, humanistic and ecological dimensions of conservation biology.