Karl Martin

Karl Martin

Cooperative Extension


As Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension, a division of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Karl Martin is responsible for staff located across Wisconsin's 72 counties, three tribal offices and five UW System campuses. Prior to this position, Martin served as the State Program Director for Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Extension in 2014, Martin served as the Chief of the Wildlife and Forest Research Program with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that, he worked as a forest research scientist based out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Martin grew up as the youngest of 11 children on a dairy and ginseng farm in Marathon County, Wisconsin. He attended UW-Marathon County and UW-Madison before leaving Wisconsin for his graduate studies at Oregon State University. Martin has earned a doctorate in forest ecology, a master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from UW-Madison.

Karl enjoys fishing, cooking maple syrup, biking, hunting, kayaking, cooking and managing his small orchard.  He lives with his wife and three sons near Brooklyn, Wisconsin.