AUGUST 16, 2018
The Art of Conservation
For UW-Madison graduate student, Julia Janicki, art has always been a way to express the complexities of science. Driven by her passion for conservation, Janicki has spent the past few years bridging her scientific knowledge with her love of art to bring environmental challenges and animal conservation to the forefront. Now, she is expanding her efforts through the Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics Professional Master's Program, where she is learning to use science and technology to create infographics and visuals that will help to advance organizational response to environmental change.
AUGUST 14, 2018
Four Nelson Institute alumni recognized for their impactful work
Whether it is providing life-saving care to the residents of Uganda, developing a resolution for transboundary water conflicts, providing conservation education or championing river preservation, Nelson Institute alumni are at the forefront of important efforts around the world. Such impactful work is deserving of recognition, which is why the Nelson Institute is proud to honor outstanding alumni through the annual Rising Star and Distinguished Alumni Awards.
AUGUST 13, 2018
Honoring a "good food” legacy while forging his own
Faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Alfonso Morales has some connection to the farmer’s markets in Madison. That’s because he’s worked professionally with food systems for over two decades and had many mentors, including the late Jerry Kaufman, who influenced his academic career and personal philosophies.
AUGUST 9, 2018
The Lake Effect: Equity initiative creates a ripple throughout the community
With nearly 60 miles of shoreline and 28 square miles of surface water, the Yahara lakes serve as a gathering place for the Madison community. On a beautiful summer day, locals can be seen boating, fishing, swimming or just enjoying a walk along the shoreline, but research suggests that there are members of the community who have limited access to these outdoor recreation opportunities. In fact, race and socioeconomic status have been shown to impact outdoor recreation access, an issue University of Wisconsin-Madison student Sean Kennedy is working to address through his graduate work.
JULY 31, 2018
Allies in Environmental Justice
The Nelson Institute strives to be an inclusive community of scholars who share a passion for enhancing the quality of life and the environment in Wisconsin. From professors and students to partners and alumni, the Nelson Institute community includes a diverse group of people working to create real change, something Nelson Institute alumna Ashley Lee is proud to contribute to through her work with Public Allies of Milwaukee.
JULY 20, 2018
Zero waste initiative is a grand slam
With more than 181 million fans frequenting the top 200 stadiums in the United States, the sports industry has the unique power to influence the sustainability practices of millions. Whether that is working with fans to divert stadium waste from landfills or educating them on sustainable practices, the industry plays a key role in improving waste reduction efforts. For Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation master’s candidate, Emily Knipp, harnessing the green power of the sports industry has become a major focus of her graduate work.
JULY 18, 2018
Diversity and mentorship are a walk in the park
The inaugural "Hike & Learn” session took place in June. Each session will be held with a group of about 10 students and a faculty mentor exploring different pathways within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. The next session will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. with Seth McGee, lab manager of the UW-Madison Biocore program. Register online here.
JULY 17, 2018
New program enhances engagement for Native American students
The program is among the crowdfunding pilot projects selected by the UW Foundation for a two-week, Kickstarter-like fundraising campaign.
JULY 13, 2018
Wisconsin Idea grant to support hands-on climate change research in rural classrooms
Winding across the heart of Wisconsin is an s-shaped area known as the Curtis Tension Zone. Marked by a distinct separation in the landscape, this zone is where the southern prairie region and deciduous forests meet the northern coniferous forests. It’s also where scientists have noticed pronounced impacts of climate change, something co-collaborators Michael Notaro, associate director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR), Rose Pertzborn, Space Science & Engineering Center outreach program manager and a group of students and citizen scientists plan to investigate as a part of a three-year Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment initiative.
JULY 10, 2018
The Freedom to Roam
For University of Wisconsin-Madison students at the Nelson Institute, educational experiences take many forms. From the classrooms on campus to the canopies of the jungle, students are encouraged to investigate the planet’s biggest ecological challenges, wherever those might be. In fact, Environmental Studies Ph.D. candidate Drew Bantlin’s experiences have taken him to the vast savannah of Akagera National Park in Kayonza, Rwanda. There he studies everything from the ranging patterns of black rhinos to giraffe and leopard population dynamics. Most of his time, however, is spent documenting the ecological effect of the park’s lion reintroduction program.