Students are encouraged to consult with a department advisor to construct individual programs appropriate to their own needs. Please use scheduling assistant or call 608-262-2742 to make an appointment with an advisor. Kayla Pelland ( is available to meet with students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings in B154 Birge Hall, and Joel Gruley ( is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons in 156 Birge Hall.

Kayla Pelland

Joel Gruley

Kayla has been an advisor in the Zoology Department since March 2016. She has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Kayla has prior experience as a student athlete tutor, research assistant, teaching assistant, and she is also a licensed biology teacher. Schedule an appointment with Kayla here. Joel hails from northern Virginia, and studied geography at Virginia Tech University and Michigan State University. Before coming to UW-Madison in 2014, he worked in the environmental nonprofit sector in Chicago, and taught geography at Madison College. Joel is also an advisor in the Geography Department. Schedule an appointment with Joel here.