MAY 25, 2016
Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife
With spring now fully sprung, a new study by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers shows that buds burst earlier in dense urban areas than in their suburban and rural surroundings. This may be music to urban gardeners’ ears, but that tune could be alarming to some native and migratory birds and bugs.
MAY 23, 2016
Nelson Institute faculty among Vilas professors and investigators honored
Extraordinary members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty — including several faculty and affiliates of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, listed below — were honored May 11 with awards supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).
MAY 12, 2016
Study: Legal wolf culling increases intolerance and illegal killing
Allowing the culling or hunting of wolves is substantially more likely to increase poaching, or illegal killing, than to reduce it, suggests new research by UW-Madison Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Adrian Treves and Guillaume Chapron of the Grimsö Wildlife Research Station at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
MAY 9, 2016
Blown away by Samsø, a Danish island powered by wind
After living in Denmark for three months, there are a few things that I’ve come to view as uniquely Danish. Open-faced sandwiches, better known as smorrebrød; hot dog carts (or pølsevogn); and a constant flow of bikes down every major street. However, there’s one characteristic of Denmark that isn’t quite as pleasant – the wind.
APRIL 30, 2016
Photos: Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, ‘Everyone’s Earth’
Nearly 1,000 guests from across Wisconsin and the upper Midwest gathered on April 25 for the 10th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Everyone's Earth: Sharing Experiences on a Restless Planet.
APRIL 29, 2016
Town of Dunn award highlights UW role in local land ethic
It’s suitable that a talk with two of Wisconsin’s most prominent wetland biologists should occur in a wetland located just south of Madison. On a raised path through Waubesa Wetland, Joy Zedler, who will receive the Town of Dunn’s Stewardship Award on April 30, is talking along with Cal DeWitt, who won the inaugural award in 1991.
APRIL 22, 2016
Two environmental studies students awarded Wisconsin Idea Fellowships
Two undergraduate environmental studies students have been awarded 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded annually to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student or group of students at UW-Madison, in collaboration with a community organization and a UW faculty or staff member, to solve issues identified by local or global communities.
APRIL 19, 2016
Forensic botany course covers legal side of wood, pollen, contraband logging
Whether it’s a putative perpetrator with a peculiar pollen in his poncho, a possible plantation of proscribed opiates, or a shipment of lumber from a tree protected by international treaty, botanical identification can make or break a criminal case. This spring, UW–Madison students are getting a chance to expand their skills beyond the traditional academic realm in Botany 575: Forensic Botany.
APRIL 15, 2016
Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup report available as resource for citizens and local municipalities
The Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup, a UW-Madison/UW-Extension-led group tasked with assessing the potential advantages and concerns associated with manure irrigation, has released its final report, co-edited by Ken Genskow, a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
APRIL 14, 2016
Woodward honored with 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award for sustainability work in rural Ecuador
Catherine Woodward, a faculty associate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, has been honored with a 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award. Woodward was awarded Excellence in Service Learning for her work with conservation and sustainability initiatives in rural Ecuador.