Alumni



AUGUST 26, 2020
Nelson Institute alumna working with Google, LinkedIn and Project Drawdown to create powerful climate change solutions
Nelson Institute alumna, Elizabeth Bagley, is at the forefront of developing sustainability and climate change solutions by connecting the public to the world of complex ecosystems. Earning her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bagley first became interested in pursuing a career in environmentalism after taking a series of classes her sophomore year including African 210: African Storyteller, a biocore class examining the Eagle Heights prairie, and Professor Cal Dewitt’s course focusing on the metabolism of the city.


MARCH 11, 2020
COVID19: Campus update
COVID-19 continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world.


FEBRUARY 3, 2020
Nelson Institute grad student receives campus-wide TA award
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Geography graduate student, Jules Reynolds has been named a Campus-Wide TA Award winner, receiving an Early Excellence in Teaching Award.


DECEMBER 6, 2019
Nelson Institute Winter 2019 Commencement Celebration
On December 5, 2019, the Nelson Institute hosted its annual Winter Commencement Celebration at the Memorial Union.


AUGUST 29, 2019
Nelson Institute alumna shares her road from major to career
Sarah Rueth, a 2010 Nelson Institute alumna, originally came to UW- Madison to pursue a graduate degree in Environment and Resources and achieve her dream of working for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) While participating in a research project, Rueth discovered that she wanted to expand her career goals into criminal justice. However, she still credits the Nelson Institute for instilling her values of community and diversity and allowing her to explore her interests in criminology while continuing to take classes for her degree.


AUGUST 15, 2019
Nelson Institute announces the winners of the 2019 Alumni Awards
Nelson Institute Announces the Winners of the Rising Star and Distinguished Alumni Awards


JULY 2, 2019
In Memoriam: Maggie Stewart
Margaret Ann (Maggie) Stewart passed away at her parents’ home in South Milwaukee on June 10. Maggie was a 2016 graduate of the Nelson Institute’s Environmental Conservation Master’s Program and a 2014 graduate of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.


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 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.


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.


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