JUNE 18, 2019
Tipping the scales of environmental justice
Growing up, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies alumna Angélica Sánchez experienced both the positive and negative impacts of urban living. Although she moved to northern Wisconsin when she was twelve, those impacts weighed heavily on Sánchez, fueling her desire to increase environmental justice and support for children living in large urban areas such as Guadalajara. In an effort to be a part of the solution, Sánchez majored in Conservation and Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A first generation college student, Sánchez saw the value of expanding her knowledge of environmental justice, so she connected with Nelson Institute International and Professional Programs Director, Nathan Schulfer, who introduced her to the Environmental Conservation Professional Master’s program (EC).
JUNE 13, 2019
Mental Health, Monarchs, and a Master’s
Along the bike paths of Iowa, mixed in with the lush green grass and the wildflowers, is the unassuming, but essential milkweed plant. The host plant of Monarch Butterflies, this green, leafy vegetation has been declining throughout the pollinator’s migration route. But during large biking events throughout the state of Iowa, you’re likely to see cyclists trying to change that fact by tossing seedballs – clay and soil mixed with native nectar plant seeds, including milkweed—into the grassy areas along the roadside. This effort is led by Milkweed Matters, an organization that supports pollinators by increasing their habitat in roadsides, an often forgotten slice of land. Started by Kelly Green Guilbeau in 2014, Milkweed Matters has spread more than 130,000 seedballs across Iowa, but for Guilbeau, there is still more to do. In fact, last summer she began a new, very personal conservation project, joining the Nelson Institute environmental conservation professional program as a graduate student.
JUNE 12, 2019
Sisters in Stewardship
As children, sisters Ismat and Iffat Bhuiyan dreamed of attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For Ismat, who was a few years older than Iffat, that dream became a reality in 2011, when she began her first semester as a biology major at UW-Madison. For Iffat, that dream came to fruition a few years later when she began her freshman year in the UW-Madison College of Engineering. While both were thrilled to be a Badger, they were looking for a way to connect their interest in environmental conservation with their career goals. That’s when Ismat happened upon the Nelson Institute Environmental Studies Certificate and the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP), a discovery that ultimately shaped the career trajectory for both sisters.
JUNE 11, 2019
Board of Visitors member & Nelson Institute alumnus Matt Dannenberg receives the Extraordinary People Award
On June 4, 2019 Nelson Institute alumnus (’10) and Board of Visitors member, Matt Dannenberg received the Extraordinary People Award from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV). Dannenberg, who currently serves as the Communications & Legislative Director at Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, received the award in honor of his efforts to protect state and natural resources. His notable contributions include his work to develop the Wisconsin Native Vote program, which encourages tribal members to vote and run for office and his eight years of service with the WLCV, which promotes public policy that benefits public health and natural resources.
JUNE 10, 2019
Nelson Institute affiliate Greg Nemet examines the drivers behind solar energy success in his new book
Discover the lessons solar energy can teach us about climate change innovations in the new book, How Solar Energy Became Cheap by Nelson Institute affiliate and La Follette School Professor Greg Nemet. Published on June 10, 2019, by Routledge, Nemet’s book includes a look at the impetus behind solar energy’s success and how other technologies can benefit from the lessons learning during solar energy’s rise. Read more.
JUNE 6, 2019
Nelson Institute CESP students fired up to help at Goose Pond
In early May, Nelson Institute students participating in the Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) assisted with a controlled burn at Goose Pond in Arlington, Wisconsin. The event was a part of junior Calla Norris’ efforts to organize an environment-based team building activity for her fellow CESP members.
JUNE 3, 2019
Nelson Institute & AOS Professor Ankur Desai named the Reid Bryson Chair
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Professor Ankur Desai has been named the Reid Bryson Chair for Climate, People and Environment. Named after Reid Bryson, who founded the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR), this prestigious three-year appointment will provide financial support and leadership opportunities that will allow Desai to expand his interdisciplinary research and leadership as it relates to climate change, the environment, and society.
MAY 31, 2019
Professor Adrian Treves reviews the new proposal to end federal protections for the gray wolf
In March 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced plans to end federal protections for the gray wolf throughout the lower 48 states. As a part of this proposal, the USFWS sought expert advice via peer reviews. Adrian Treves, a Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies professor and founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, served as a reviewer, submitting a 48-page evaluation of the proposed rule and draft biological report.
MAY 22, 2019
Board of Visitors emeritus member John Nelson receives an honorary degree from Ripon College
On May 19, 2019, UW-Madison adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering, UW-Madison alumnus, UW Foundation Board member, and Nelson Institute Board of Visitors emeritus member John Nelson received an honorary degree from Ripon College in recognition of his efforts to advance scientific collaboration in relation to Green Lake.
MAY 16, 2019
Nelson Institute program coordinator, Sarah Graves co-authors newly released book
Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) program coordinator, Sarah Graves, is a co-author of the newly released book, Collaboration Across Boundaries for Social-Ecological Systems Science. Edited by Stephen G. Perz, the book outlines best practices and challenges related to interdisciplinary research. The recommendations are made through a set of chapters that feature first-hand experiences from researchers investigating social-ecological systems.