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.
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.