Meet Our Students

Three researchers walking through stream

Tracking Wildlife in the Tropics

In an effort to determine the efficacy of various techniques for monitoring wildlife in the tropics, Northland College senior Parker Matzinger walked over three-hundred miles through the jungles of Costa…  Read More

Northland College student

EcoLeague: Semester Immersion

Majoring in sustainable community development Grew up in Grand Marais, Minnesota Keeps busy making wildflower bouquets, painting portraits of friends, and drinking tea at the Black Cat. Northland College junior…  Read More

Student and professor in wetland

Chasing Dragonflies for Science

Senior Joe Fitzgerald been involved in graduate level research for the last four years at Northland College, leading plankton research in Chequamegon Bay, developing a phytoplankton catalog, and studying silver carp…  Read More

Alec Drakenberg

Meet the Beast: Alec Z. Drachenberg

Majoring in sustainable community development Competing in cross country Has dual citizenship having lived in Tijuana, Baja, California, Mexico, as a preschooler/ kindergartener, then San Diego, California, most recently. Q. You have…  Read More

Katherine Sorenson

Senior Katherine Sorenson on EcoLeague

Majors in directed studies, agroecology Grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Keeps busy with patchwork and sewing, gardening, rock climbing, bicycling, swimming, and beachcombing for Lake…  Read More

Northland College student looking through magnifying glass

Apostle Islands Detectives

Do natural occurring fires help or hurt vegetation in the Apostle Islands?

The Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Park Service came to professors Sarah Johnson and Jonathan Martin to help answer a question: Do natural occurring fires help or hurt…  Read More

NIck Smith at booth at Loon Days

My LoonWatch Internship

By Nicholas G. Smith Last winter I applied for the LoonWatch internship at the SOEI. I saw this as an opportunity to learn ways to bring wildlife science together with…  Read More


Tagging Monarch Butterflies

Citizen Science Northland College student Michaela Fisher led a monarch-tagging program this summer at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC). “The events featured plenty of opportunities for visitors to…  Read More

Northland students in canoes

Read. Write. Paddle.

Pens and Paddles is a unique, experiential English course that combines literary study with wilderness fieldwork. In the classroom, students read wilderness literature that includes Sigurd F. Olson. Then in…  Read More