OCTOBER 21, 2020
Nelson graduate cohort works to protect diverse water habitat, helps guide conservation of Waubesa Wetlands
A cohort of graduate students within the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management (WRM) program recently published a report that provides key insights on protecting the Waubesa Wetlands, a 371-acre state natural area located on the southwestern shore of Lake Waubesa in Dane County, Wisconsin. The report serves as the culmination of a two-year project aimed at assessing land use impacts and promoting community engagement of the Waubesa Wetlands Watershed. Now, the report is being used as a resource to inform current and future wetlands management.
OCTOBER 16, 2020
Nelson Institute and Conservation International partner on NASA land-cover and land-use project in South America
Two students from the Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) program will have the opportunity to work with Conservation International on a NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program (LCLUC) project thanks to a grant from NASA.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
Nelson Institute Dean moderates Great Lakes Cities session
Nelson Institute Dean, Paul Robbins recently joined local leaders for "A Green & Equitable Recovery in the Great Lakes,” which was co-hosted by the Mayors Innovation Project and Climate Mayors.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Nelson PhD candidate maps nearly one-third of the world’s croplands, rural and farming communities stand to benefit
Aparna Phalke, a PhD candidate in the Environment and Resources (ER) program and recipient of a UW-Madison Graduate School Dissertator Fellowship, recently received international recognition for her work on a high-resolution cropland area map of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia.
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.
AUGUST 20, 2020
Envisioning a future for grasslands in the United States
Grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world, but there is widespread hope for their conservation according to a recent report by University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute assistant scientist, Tyler Lark. Published in Land Use Policy, the paper, "Protecting our prairies: Research and policy actions for conserving America’s grasslands" outlines immediate opportunities to reduce the loss of native grasslands and improve agricultural sustainability across the United States.
AUGUST 14, 2020
2020 Nelson Institute Alumni Award Winners
Whether it is advancing environmental education in underserved areas, championing conservation, advocating for Tribal communities, or advancing scientific discoveries, 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 14, 2020
Nelson Issue Brief addresses extreme precipitation events
The Nelson Institute is excited to release the second volume of the Nelson Issue Brief, a newsletter that summarizes and conveys up-to-date scholarship from across the UW-Madison campus on key issues of environmental concern.
AUGUST 7, 2020
Nelson Institute alumnus connecting environment and community with Iowa DNR
For Nelson Institute alumnus Steve Hopkins, pursuing a career in environmentalism was an easy choice. Hopkins grew up learning about animals, gardening, and the outdoors from his grandparents who had a cattle farm in Missouri.
JULY 29, 2020
Arthur B. Sacks establishes new endowment
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute – and the 100th birthday of the Institute’s first director professor Reid A. Bryson – the Institute’s second director professor Arthur B. Sacks has established the Arthur B. Sacks Fund for Environmental Studies and Sustainability Research and Education. The $25,000 endowment, established in December 2019, supports annual undergraduate and graduate awards for excellence in environmental studies and sustainability.