Alumni



JUNE 30, 2016
Alum’s love for waterfowl and conservation takes flight in Flyways Waterfowl Museum
Upon retiring, people often spend their time playing golf, reading books or traveling the world. Not so for Nichol and Craig Swenson. They opened a museum dedicated to North American ducks, geese and swans and habitat conservation.


MARCH 29, 2016
Sustainability advocate, corporate leader and restoration ecologist honored with Nelson Institute alumni awards
An advocate for sustainability and social equity, a corporate leader connecting the health of people and the environment, and a distinguished professor and restoration ecologist have been named recipients of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ third annual alumni awards, established in 2014 to spotlight the accomplishments of the institute’s nearly 4,000 alumni.


NOVEMBER 23, 2015
Environmental studies alumnus named Rhodes Scholar
Colin Higgins, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an alumnus of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
A cohort of support: Community Environmental Scholars Program celebrates five years of student and civic impact
Mia McKinney never considered herself a "bees and trees” environmentalist. But after three years of feeling isolated and on her own, McKinney found the Nelson Institute – or rather, the Nelson Institute found her.


JULY 1, 2015
Summer workshop puts students in the field, contributing to local conservation efforts
What could be better than spending the summer in the great outdoors? How about spending the summer in the great outdoors and getting college credit for it.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: George Reistad ('11), Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
I currently work as the assistant policy director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Madison, Wis. We focus on sustainable agriculture through three program areas: education, public policy and research. My position focuses on everything from local foods policy issues like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program to federal conservation programs like the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Kevin Thatcher Gerike ('12), Xavier High School
I am currently a teacher at Xavier High School on the island of Weno in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. I teach a range of science courses – environmental science, marine science, earth science, food and gardening, and I have also taught chemistry. I also started and continue working with Earth Council, a youth environmental organization on campus.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Missy Setz ('12), Geosyntec Consultants
I am a senior staff engineer at a geoenvironmental/geotechnical engineering consulting firm. I work on site remediation projects for various Air Force bases and am currently completing a geotechnical investigation on a dam as a response to the Fukushima disaster.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Courtney Wright ('11), Northwoods Wildlife Center
I am currently the assistant director of education at Northwoods Wildlife Center located in Minocqua, Wis., a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education center that cares for 400-500 animals a year, as well as educating 30,000-plus people on topics related to the natural world. I help in all areas of the Center, from bringing educational programming to area schools, to creating and carrying out fundraising events, to assisting in wildlife rehabilitation practices.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Clint Fandrich ('14), Wisconsin State Energy Office
I am working at the Wisconsin State Energy Office as a bioenergy analyst. Currently, my primary efforts involve an evaluation of Wisconsin's biogas/anaerobic digester industry to make policy recommendations for system operation, siting and economics.


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