News Archives


June 22, 2020
"Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market"

A study by SAGE alum, Dr. Sarah Olsen, was highlighted in the New York Times. Sarah was Dr. Jonathan Patz's first PhD student at SAGE. 


June 11, 2020
Of Chainsaws and Supply Chains: How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation

Holly Gibbs was quoted in Economist article considering the needed incentives to help big soy and meatpacking companies avoid buying from properties with deforestation under Bolsonaro's government. 


May 18, 2020
Prof. Jonathan Patz Presents, "Without Reversing Environmental Damage, Mark your Calendars for the Next Pandemic"

This was for the Earth Leadership Program, This Changes Everything: Sustainability Science in a Post-COVID-19 World, May 12, 2020


May 12, 2020
Prof. Holly Gibbs Awarded H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship

Eleven UW faculty have received H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships for 2020-21, which recognize faculty within their first six years from promotion to a tenured position. The award is named in recognition of the late WARF trustees president H.I. Romnes and comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years. 
Holly studies how and why people use land around the world, including in the United States and the Brazilian Amazon. 


May 01, 2020
Prof. Jonathan Patz to Give Keynote Address in Online Webinar

"Climate Justice meets Global Health in the time of COVID-19"  Monday, May 4, 1-4PM, (click READ MORE to register)


April 23, 2020
Jonathan Patz Presented at UW-Madison Earth Day Virtual Conference

"Transmission and Transitions: How Climate Change is Impacting Human and Planetary Health"


April 18, 2020
Jonathan Patz was a Guest on Wisconsin Public Radio for Earth Day

"Why Climate Change Can Lead To More Pandemics"


March 31, 2020
New Paper Published in Nature Climate Change

Seth Spawn (Gibbs PhD Student in Geog and part of SAGE) and Prof. Holly Gibbs are part of a new paper out today in Nature Climate Change, "Protecting Irrecoverable Carbon in Earth’s Ecosystems". Seth is one of the leading authors and the paper relies heavily on a new global biomass and soil carbon map that the Gibbs Lab created and should soon come out in Nature Scientific Data.  There is one additional paper that will soon come out based on this data. 


March 31, 2020
Congratulations to SAGE's Newest Ph.D., Dr. Yanghui Kang!

Yanghui successfully defended her thesis, "Towards Operational Monitoring of the Agroecosystems with Satellite Remote Sensing: A Case Study in the Midwest U.S.". She was recently offered a highly prestigious USDA postdoctoral fellowship in one of the ARS labs in Beltsville, MD. Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan is her advisor. 

March 25, 2020
Seth Spawn Wins IOP Publishing ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ Award

Seth Spawn has been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for Environmental Research Letters for 2019, in recognition of the high quality and timeliness of his reviews during the year. Way to go, Seth!

March 12, 2020
Yanghui Kang to Give Her PhD Dissertation Defense 3/31/20

Please consider joining the public portion of the defense,  "Towards Operational Monitoring of the Agroecosystems with Satellite Remote Sensing: A Case Study in the Midwest U.S."  Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan, Advisor  

Tuesday, March 31, 11am in the Trewartha Room (378 Science Hall)

March 09, 2020
Jonathan Patz Presents Talk at The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach CA

The Effects of Earth's Health on Human Health. Treatment for Today's Climate Emergency Can Actually Save the Lives of Way More People Than We Ever Imagined. 


February 28, 2020
Nelson Institute Featured in "On Wisconsin" Magazine

Holly Gibbs was interviewed as part of the cover story for On Wisconsin.


February 28, 2020
New SAGE Publication

"A Low-Carbon Future Could Improve Global Health and Achieve Economic Benefits" in JAMA by J.A. Patz, V.J. Stull, and V.S. Limaye


January 29, 2020
Prof. Zuzana Burivalova to Present Talk at the Field Museum, in Chicago

Zuzana will present "When the Rainforest Goes Quiet"  as part of the Field Museum's Night of Ideas: Alive! at 7pm, Thursday Jan 30, This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration required. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the Field Bistro. Use code ALIVE2020 for a 25% discount on Lyft rides to and from the Field Museum for the Night of Ideas.


January 21, 2020
Prof. Patz Speaks at Caribbean Plan­e­tary Health Con­fer­ence

The theme of the conference was “Build­ing Re­silient Health Sys­tem for Cli­mate Change” and was held at the Uni­verisi­ty of the West In­dies, St Au­gus­tine campus.


January 02, 2020
SAGE Alum Kate Anderson to Defend Ph.D. Thesis


Presentation of her dissertation research on "The Would-Be Agroecologists: Organification, Supply Management and Co-opted Collective Action in U.S. Dairy"  will be Monday, January 6th, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Wisconsin Energy Institute. Room 1115.  Kate's advisor is associate professor Erin Silva in the Department of Plant Pathology.