Mark is a professor and extension specialist is the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. Mark's research and extension program is in the areas of the social sciences and public policy as they relate to forests and related ecosystems.
I am currently supporting and working with four students.
Ela Kakde, Urban & Regional Planning PhD, focused on public and community perceptions of renewable energy
Diane Mayerfeld, Environment & Resources PhD, focused on agroforestry in SW Wisconsin
James Spartz, Life Science Communications PhD, working on public opinions associate with land-use and biofuels
Jen Nunez, School of Human Ecology PhD, conducting on-going program evaluation of the Driftless Forest Network.
Former graduate students and others with whom Rickenbach has worked include the following.
Kris Tiles, Forestry MS 2003, is currently a Basin Educator with UWEX Cooperative Extension in Wausau, WI.
Emily Sturgess-Cleek, Forestry & Geography MS 2003, is living in Portland, Oregon.
Rebecca Gass, Forestry MS 2006, is a Bureau chief with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry in Madison, WI.
Luke Saunders, Forestry MS 2008, works as a private forester with an ecological restoration firm in southern Wisconsin.