Monday, August 03, 2015

Ken Bradbury to lead Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

A hydrogeologist with more than 30 years of experience devoted to protecting Wisconsin’s groundwater resources has been chosen as the new head of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, part of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Ken Bradbury has accepted the position of Director and State Geologist for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.  He replaces Dr. Jamie Robertson, who has retired as Director after having provided excellent leadership to the Survey over the past 22 years. Bradbury will start in his new role on Sept. 1.

Bradbury is a leader in forging successful relationships with organizations and institutions throughout Wisconsin, bringing technical knowledge to discussions fostering wise use of the state’s geologic and water resources. He has been the Assistant Director for Science at the Survey since 2013, and before that, served the organization in a variety of capacities. 

Bradbury received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, master’s degree from Indiana University and doctoral degree from UW-Madison.

“Dr. Bradbury brings a wealth of experience in hydrogeology and a broad knowledge of the work of the Survey to this new position,” said Rick Klemme, Dean and Director of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension. “He has demonstrated great abilities in communicating the value of groundwater research and outreach to a broad constituency, and I look forward to his doing this on behalf of the entire Survey.”
Dr. Madeline Gotkowitz will serve as interim director of the Wisconsin Survey until Bradbury officially begins, said Klemme.

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey has served Wisconsin for more than 100 years by providing scientific information about the geology, mineral resources and water resources of the state. Learn more at

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