Morgan Edwards leads the Climate Action Lab, which focuses on energy and climate policy.

Angélica Sánchez-Mora, a graduate of our environmental conservation program, connects those living in urban spaces to the slices of nature around them.

Jesse Weber's lab works in lakes on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula to understand how fish and infections vary in nature.

Sam Helle, a PhD student in our environment and resources program, surveys tiger populations in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is confronting global environmental challenges through imaginative research that transcends disciplinary boundaries, hands-on education that bridges classrooms and communities, and public programs that foster environmental conversations among people from business, government, academia, and advocacy.

Training Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders

The Nelson Institute values and is committed to a liberal arts and professional education, built on the premise that complex environmental issues can best be understood through familiarity with diverse perspectives, and integration of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Research That's Changing the World

Research drives the social and technological innovation needed to confront the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment. The Nelson Institute is a catalyst of imaginative research that combines skills and knowledge from the humanities, engineering, business, and law to the biological, physical, health, and social sciences.

We Embrace Diversity

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies embraces the critical importance of diversity and strives for a community that is supportive, welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all individuals. Just as our environmental research, education, and service value a wide range of perspectives, our Nelson community is strengthened by the inclusion of historically marginalized people with a diversity of lived experiences and identities. We are deeply committed to working toward a sustainable future and facilitating culturally sensitive approaches to global environmental issues.

Nelson News and Events

Upcoming Events

  • June
    • June 20
      Summer Solstice Night WalkArboretum8:00 PM, Meet at Visitor Center, UW–Madison Arboretum
    • June 22
      Ecological Restoration Work PartyArboretum Core Area and Curtis Prairie9:00 AM, Meet at Visitor Center, UW–Madison Arboretum
    • June 23
      Scenic StrollArboretum1:00 PM, Meet at Visitor Center, UW–Madison Arboretum
    • June 23
      Bluebirds and Martins1:30 PM, Picnic Point entrance kiosk, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000 University Bay Drive, Madison WI 53705
    • June 26
      What’s in Bloom?Arboretum Garden Tour7:00 PM, Meet at Visitor Center, UW–Madison Arboretum

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