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.
JUNE 29, 2018
Building a clean energy coalition on campus
Leah Johnson, an environmental studies and biochemistry major thinks differently about environmental issues in the world.
JUNE 25, 2018
Nelson Institute alumni lead Integrated Land Management workshop at Cornell
Collaboration is key at the Nelson Institute, where faculty and students are encouraged to take an integrated approach to research and education. For Nelson Institute alum Nina Trautmann Chaopricha, the collaborative nature of the Nelson Institute left a lasting impression, inspiring her to seek out new ways to connect students, faculty, and experts from across the world on sustainability initiatives.
JUNE 1, 2018
WRM grad brings lifelong passion to Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship
Water Resources Management graduate, Jack Cotrone is kickstarting his professional career in water with a 2018-19 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship. This one-year position based in Ann Arbor, Mich., is administered by the Great Lakes Commission in consultation with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the National Sea Grant Office.
MAY 30, 2018
NASA Health and Air Quality Team brings research ‘down to Earth’
Tracey Holloway, Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, looks beyond the skies by using NASA satellites to see the global picture of air quality issues from space.
MAY 29, 2018
Nelson Institute alumna selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners
Nelson Institute Alumna Mary Ann Heidemann, PhD was officially inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows at the National Planning Conference in New Orleans.
MAY 15, 2018
Re-thinking sustainability: Same certificate, new curriculum
Streamlining the sustainability curriculum to better reflect the individual aspects of sustainability, how they interconnect and how these ideas integrate into local communities.
APRIL 30, 2018
Thinking about the future of Wisconsin’s water
From the Great Lakes Basin to the Mississippi River, water has undeniably played a role in shaping Wisconsin’s history, but the future of Wisconsin’s water is becoming less clear. United by a shared concern for water quality, citizens, researchers and media professionals from across the state came together April 26, 2018 at the Pyle Center in Madison for the Wisconsin Water Future workshop.
APRIL 27, 2018
The satellite view of our changing planet
Spread across a desk, a sequence of satellite imagery photos lie in neat rows across a desk. Mutlu Özdoğan carefully takes a photo and brings it to eye level for a closer inspection.