JANUARY 22, 2019
Nelson Institute Director investigates the implications of plantation-focused forestry efforts
New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies investigates the implications of plantation-focused forestry efforts that seek to put large percentages of countries under forest cover. While forests can offer carbon sequestration and other benefits, the study looks at the impact these policies have on pastoral and tribal communities as well as the greater environment. Co-authored by Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins, the findings of this study titled, "Ecologies of the colonial present: Pathological forestry from the taux de boisement to civilized plantations” were recently published in Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
JANUARY 18, 2019
UniverCity Year program seeks faculty to partner with Pepin County in 2019
Finding practical solutions to community-based challenges is at the heart of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s UniverCity Year. The program is currently seeking faculty to teach courses and guide student research in partnership with members of Pepin County, Wisconsin during the 2019-2020 academic year.
JANUARY 3, 2019
Nelson Institute research showcases the benefits of non-lethal livestock protection method
New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies suggests that flashing lights may successfully protect livestock in the Andean plateau from predators such as Puma. Led by Nelson Institute postdoctoral researcher, Omar Ohrens, a member of professor Adrian Treves’ Carnivore Coexistence Lab within the Nelson Institute, the research took place over a four-month period during which Ohrens worked with indigenous Aymara people in Chile to experiment with anti-predator lights. Ohrens’ findings were published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on January 3, 2019. To learn more visit: https://news.wisc.edu/flashing-lights-protect-livestock-in-chile-by-deterring-pumas/
JANUARY 2, 2019
Nelson Institute Director serves as keynote speaker at international water conference
Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins will serve as the keynote speaker at the international conference, Water in the Americas, to be held January 9 – 11, 2019 in Paris, France. Organized by the Center for Research and Documentation on the Americas, the conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the contributions social science has made to water policy and the water sector in the Americas. From theoretical and methodological developments to the evolution of social science research as it relates to water, conference attendees will hear from more than 25 researchers and experts who will discuss the successes and challenges of social science in the water sector. Robbins will open the conference with his speech, The Political Ecology of Water: Justice, Power, and Flows.
DECEMBER 27, 2018
Nelson Institute Board Member, Tia Nelson Named to Gov.-Elect's Advisory Council
Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes have named Nelson Institute Emeritus Board Member, Tia Nelson to their Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council, which will work directly with the governor-elect's transition team on identifying strategies to protect Wisconsin's natural resources, strengthen agricultural industries, and work toward clean energy innovation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tia Nelson BS'86, currently serves as the Managing Director of the Outrider Foundation's Climate Change Program. The daughter of Nelson Institute namesake and environmental advocate, Senator Gaylord Nelson, Tia Nelson has continued his legacy, working with a number of organizations that promote conservation, ultimately receiving the Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Protection Award in 2000 for her work in this area.
DECEMBER 21, 2018
Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers culture, history, and an outdoor classroom for all
Deep in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, cradled between Wildcat Mountain State Park to the north and the town of La Farge to the south, is 8,600 acres of community property known as the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Its unique ecology coupled with its archeological significance has made it a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, scholars and students, but the land was once destined for a very different purpose.
DECEMBER 20, 2018
UW-Madison and Wisconsin Native Nations partner on environmental and educational initiatives
The past year has been transformative for the Native Nations_UW (NN_UW) Working Group, who has been collaborating with Native Nations across Wisconsin on health, environmental conservation, and educational opportunities. Now in its second year, the program, which launched in May 2016 thanks to support from the Provosts of UW–Madison, University of Wisconsin Colleges, and the University of Wisconsin Extension, the NN_UW Working Group, was developed to facilitate more respectful and reciprocal partnerships with Wisconsin’s Native Nations. Led by co-chair Jessie Conaway, a faculty associate for Native Nations Partnerships at the Nelson Institute, the NN_UW Working Group spent year one developing a Strategic Plan with the Tribes that outlines the goals for this initiative. After a great deal of preparation and collaboration with cross-campus partners and Native Nations throughout Wisconsin, 2018 was a big year for the program, particularly in terms of the environmental and educational partnerships.
DECEMBER 19, 2018
Growing up in landlocked Tennessee, Kara Henderlight dreamed of the ocean. Although she was far from its rolling waves, she was determined to learn all that she could about the sea and the creatures that call it home. As a young adult, Henderlight explored career possibilities including marine biology, but was torn between her home in Tennessee and her dream of working by the ocean. At a crossroads after graduating from an undergraduate program in Environmental Science, Henderlight decided she was ready to make her dream of working in whale and dolphin conservation a reality, and that’s when she found the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation master’s program.
DECEMBER 18, 2018
Crops and Conservation
Along the edge of America’s farmland is a lush border of trees, grasses, and wildflowers that often mark property lines or a break between crops. These wild areas are often deemed unusable, but according to Nelson Institute alumna, Alison Duff, they may be the key to improving economic and conservation outcomes for farms as well as the greater community. In fact, studying the way in which working farms can serve as both production and conservation lands has been at the heart of Duff’s research since her early days as a graduate student at the Nelson Institute.
DECEMBER 13, 2018
EOI program welcomes National Geographic Fellow and Conservify founder, Shah Selbe
On December 7, 2019, the Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) professional master's program welcomed National Geographic Fellow and Conservify founder, Shah Selbe to campus for a special presentation titled, Conservation Technology: Open Source at Conservify and National Geographic Society.