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Welcome new Student Board member, Grace Trenkamp

The DALC staff and Board would like to welcome and introduce Grace Trenkamp, our new Student Board member. Grace will serve for a one-year term beginning in January 2021.

Hello, my name is Grace Trenkamp. I am a third-year environmental science and conservation major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. My emphasis is on physical and natural science. I also have minors in social and environmental justice, biology, and theatre, as well as a certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems). I have previously worked with DALC doing data entry for the Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands Network Landowner Survey in February 2020. Since middle school, I have been heavily involved in my local conservation departments in Iowa. I have missed the experiences, so applying to be the Student Board member was an easy decision for me.

Growing up around the sculpted bluffs of Bellevue, the glorious caves of Maquoketa, and, of course, the glistening, muddy Mississippi, my connection to the earth started at a young age. This has influenced the pursuit of a career in activating for a healthier environment. The focus of my pursuit, in my undergrad, has been on avian species and GIS. Since my first year at Platteville, I have been collaborating with both the Biology and Geography departments on campus, on a personal guided research project. My research involves taking paper-intake data from a raptor rehabilitation center in Iowa, digitizing it, then applying spatial data to the injured bird’s found location, and running statistical analyses on the findings. My research was accepted into the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Scholar Program. I plan to attend the American Association of Geographers Conference in the spring with my research.

Additionally, I am an active theatre student at UW-Platteville. In the spring of 2021, I will be stage managing and paint charging two COVID-19 friendly productions. My senior, deaf, rescue pup, Sophie, and I look forward to Zooming, or visiting in person, with the entire DALC community!

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