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M. Carol McCartney

Program Leader, Outreach Staff

Contact: Phone (608) 263-7393 | Email carol.mccartney@wisc.edu

Outreach program

Prior to coming to the Survey, I was an environmental consultant, but I have also been a teacher (at MATC, Edgewood College, and a local high school). My position at the Survey allows me to combine my consulting and my teaching skills with my love of geology and of Wisconsin.

I am impressed with the dedication of the Survey’s staff to its mission: “We communicate the results of our activities through publications, technical talks, and responses to inquiries from the public. These activities support informed decision making by government, industry, business, and individual citizens of Wisconsin.” I understand that this is the “Wisconsin Idea” – extending the university’s boundaries to the corners of the state. The fundamental goal of our Outreach Program is to support the Survey’s mission by increasing access to the natural resources information produced there.

Current projects

  • Project leader for updating the WGNHS website to include downloadable publications, to allow e-commerce, and to provide new content on Wisconsin geology.
  • Manage our social media pages to communicate WGNHS events and activities and to track current geologic issues such as climate change, frac sand, metallic mining, and high capacity wells.
  • USGS Data Preservation Lake Superior Legacy Collection project manager including supervising our archivist and two student interns.
  • Broadening our internship program to include students in disciplines beyond geoscience.


Our collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections began in 2010, and WGNHS has the fastest growing collection there. UWDC now curates digital copies of all of our bulletins, the Lake Superior Legacy Collection (including the Van Hise notebooks), almost five thousand historic field photographs, and historic hydrographic maps.

I am also collaborating with the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers to bring geoscience content lectures and field trips to their annual meetings.

Selected publications

Publications available for print or download

  • Rawling, J.E., III, Rowley, R., Gultch, B., McCartney, M.C., and Attig, J.W., 2013, Devil’s Lake fieldtrips rebooted: Mixing tradition and technology: Geological Society of America North-Central Section, 47th Annual Meeting (2-3 May 2013) Paper No. 35-3
  • McCartney, M.C., Greer, B.A., and Shefchek, J.E., 2000, River sediment remediation at the Alliant Energy former MGP site in Baraboo, WI: 37th Annual AIPG National Meeting, October 10–14, 2000 Milwaukee, Wisconsin [Conference Proceedings].
  • McCartney, M.C., 1996, Eastern Wisconsin field trip: AIPG Wisconsin Section conference, field trip.
  • Simpkins, W.W., McCartney, M.C., and Mickelson, D.M., 1987, Pleistocene geology of Forest County, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Information Circular 61, 21 p.
  • McCartney, M.C., 1983, Stratigraphy of till sheets in part of Northeastern Wisconsin: Geoscience Wisconsin, vol. 8, p.1–21.
  • McCartney, M.C., 1980, Red till stratigraphy in eastern Wisconsin, in R.D. Stieglitz, ed., Geology of eastern and northeastern Wisconsin: Guidebook for 44th Annual Tri-State Geological Field Conference, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, p.59–74. [Field Trip Guide]
  • McCartney, M.C., 1979, Stratigraphy and compositional variability of till sheets in northeastern Wisconsin: Madison, University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. dissertation, 147 p.
  • Mickelson, D.M., and McCartney, M.C., 1979, Glacial geology of Dane County, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Field Trip Guide Book 06, plate 1.

Selected professional activities

  • UW Geology & Geophysics Department Board of Visitors senior advisor
  • Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Outreach Committee member
  • Cooperative Extension’s Integrated Marketing and Communications Plan Team member
  • Wisconsin Groundwater Advisory Committee member and co-chair from 2005 – 2007
  • Past President of Wisconsin Section of AWRA
  • Registered Geologist in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Arkansas.