Nearly 5,000 Nelson Institute alumni work in government, business, and nonprofit organizations, applying their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and more sustainable place.
Director’s Cut: Sean Schoville
It has been a great year for the Center for Ecology and the Environment (CEE)!
A Sense of Place
The Odyssey Project is a unique program at UW–Madison that invites adult students with economic barriers to higher education to take humanities courses on campus.
When the leaves start to change color in the fall and begin to bud in the spring, you can find undergraduate student Savannah Lipinski taking in the views along a University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum trail.
New Faculty Hire: Tim Portlock
The Nelson Institute is thrilled to announce its newest faculty member: Tim Portlock, who will join the UW–Madison community in the Fall 2023 semester.
Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings Appointed to Wisconsin Natural Resources Board
Congratulations to Nelson Institute alumnus Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings, who was recently appointed to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board by Governor Tony Evers.
Nelson Institute Welcomes Steph Tai as Associate Dean
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Steph Tai as its new associate dean for education and faculty affairs starting in late May.
Teaching the Colorado River Crisis
For 40 million Americans, the Colorado River is a life source.
Happy Cows are Safe Cows
What happens to you when you’re stressed? Do your eating habits change? Maybe you exercise less, or maybe you avoid being around your friends and family. The same goes for cattle.
Global Ark Project
Nearly one million species — one-eighth of all life on Earth — are threatened with near immediate extinction, and science suggests this is the beginning of a larger trend.
Mitigating Wildlife Conflict in Botswana
From the age of three, Nelson Institute environment and resources PhD student Gabi Fleury wanted to travel to Africa and be a conservationist.
Director’s Cut: Carol Barford
The Weston Roundtable lecture series is all about the science, technology, and policy of environmental sustainability.
A Liberated Intellectual
When Rob Hall accepts his offer to attend Stanford University as a PhD candidate in their Cell, Molecular and Organismal Biology program, it will be exactly two years after he almost gave up on academics altogether.
Promoting Pollinators, One Unmowed Lawn at a Time
With the help of an app developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison entomologists, Sun Prairie residents are becoming scientists studying bees in their own yards this May.
If you’re like most people, the topic of climate change doesn’t fill you with the warm and fuzzies.
Day (and Night) of the Badger a Success!
Thank you! We are grateful for everyone who participated in UW–Madison’s annual day of giving, Day of the Badger, this year held on March 28–29.
Do Biofuels Threaten Endangered Wildlife?
Ripple effects. Chain of events. Slippery slope. No matter how you frame it, it’s no secret that policies, — however well intentioned — can have unintended consequences.
Rooted in the Ground
You could say undergraduate student Tien Vo is very grounded.
Meet Tomiko Jones
Capturing the beautiful, dynamic, and sometimes sorrowful moments nature has to offer is no easy feat and takes a careful eye.
Electrifying Outagamie County
Buckle up and hit the gas … or should it be electricity?
A Successful Sustainable Success
Reports suggest that switching from fossil fuels to batteries and electrification in the U.S. transportation, industrial, and commercial and residential sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent in just a few decades … but everything has its costs.
Nuclear Fallout in Virtual Reality
On March 9 and 10, 2023, the Graduate Associate Organizing Committee at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) was proud to organize a two-day screening of the virtual reality documentary On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World), an event cosponsored by CHE and the Associated Students of Madison and open to both current UW–Madison students and faculty as well as members of the greater Madison community.
The Reward of Research
As a recent runner-up for the Center for Climatic Research’s Reid Bryson Scholarship poster session, undergraduate senior Sean Bertalot never expected such a distinction just a few short years ago.
The Worlds of Mike Baron
With more than 25 years of experience in the comics industry, Mike Baron ’71 has conjured up futuristic worlds, split personalities, phantoms, weather wizards, executioners, psychopathic scum — and countless characters who could fill Camp Randall Stadium …. or destroy it.
Zuzana Buřivalová Honored with Inaugural Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Public Science Engagement Award
Nelson Institute professor Zuzana Buřivalová was recently named an inaugural recipient of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Public Science Engagement Award.