AUGUST 1, 2016
UW researchers contribute to study of mammoth survival on tiny island
Nearly 5,500 years ago, prehistoric human civilizations in the Fertile Crescent were flourishing, horses and chickens were being domesticated, and a population of island-dwelling woolly mammoths was surviving — thousands of years later than their mainland cousins — on a remnant piece of land once part of the Bering Strait land bridge.
JULY 13, 2016
Janet Silbernagel: The calling of the cranes
Before the Abstract, a website that shares real-life stories from researchers on the front lines of discovery, recently published a podcast recorded live with Janet Silbernagel, director of professional programs at the Nelson Institute and professor of landscape architecture and environmental studies.
JULY 12, 2016
Nelson Institute affiliate helps promote sustainability throughout the state
At Evergreen Credit Union in Neenah, green means more than cash. Through composting and recycling, employees are able to keep 95 percent of the company’s waste out of landfills. They’ve installed solar panels on the roof and grow organic vegetables for a local food pantry. They even hosted a "Sustainable Sweepstakes” on their Facebook page.
JUNE 30, 2016
Alum’s love for waterfowl and conservation takes flight in Flyways Waterfowl Museum
Upon retiring, people often spend their time playing golf, reading books or traveling the world. Not so for Nichol and Craig Swenson. They opened a museum dedicated to North American ducks, geese and swans and habitat conservation.
JUNE 16, 2016
Peritoneal mesothelioma: No end in sight
Marty Kanarek has spent the last 40 years as an environmental epidemiologist trying to make the world a safer place to live. Asbestos — and its sordid history — has made that task considerably harder.
JUNE 9, 2016
A post-study abroad perspective on global sustainability
Four months ago, I wasn’t imagining what it would be like to come home. The only thing on my mind was this little country called Denmark – the first place outside of the United States that I had ever had the opportunity to venture to. Four months ago I had no idea that I would see the Eiffel Tower at night, that I would ski in the Alps, that I would climb to the top of a wind turbine, or that the people I would meet would become some of my best friends.
JUNE 8, 2016
Video challenges Wisconsin boaters to help halt spiny water flea invasion
As Wisconsin’s boating season shifts into full gear, a team of University of Wisconsin and UW-Extension experts has released a video urging boaters to take precautions to help stop the spread of a tiny, troublesome crustacean known as the spiny water flea among the state’s inland lakes.
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.