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.

APRIL 14, 2016
Nelson Institute faculty, students contribute to better health through messaging in Ecuador
Some communities in Ecuador face high incidences of water-borne illness because of contaminated water or poor hygiene and sanitation. It’s a multipronged problem calling for an interdisciplinary approach combining natural, medical and social sciences. Bret Shaw, a UW-Madison professor of life sciences communication and a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, last year helped implement a social science approach with funding from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.

APRIL 14, 2016
Study projects the future of Atlantic climate variability
Using computer models with future global warming scenarios, UW-Madison Professor Zhengyu Liu recently investigated the effects of climate change on the amplitude and time scale of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), an ocean current that is a key component of the climate system.

APRIL 14, 2016
Nelson Institute students awarded summer fellowships for community-based projects
Environmental studies students Maria Castillo and Katherine Piel have been awarded 2016 Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowships to support community-based project across the state this summer.

APRIL 7, 2016
Studies of ecological change and inland waters among UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative proposals selected
Research projects including Nelson Institute faculty affiliates Stephen Carpenter, Christopher Kucharik, Jack Williams, Emily Stanley and Ankur Desai are among 14 highly innovative research projects chosen for the first round of funding by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative.

MARCH 31, 2016
Green Germany: A packaging-free perspective on grocery shopping
Imagine that you no longer have a trash can. There is no place to throw away waste inside of your home, and no trash bin outside that you can set on your curb for your municipality to collect for you. Every piece of garbage that you would normally throw in the trash and forget about is now strewn about your home, dispersed among your food, clothes and furniture. You’d probably eventually get sick of the trash, dig some holes in your backyard and fill those with the waste, but what happens when you run out of space there? You’d quickly realize that your backyard is finite, and instead of thinking of different places you could put your waste, you might start brainstorming ways you could cut it off at the source.

MARCH 30, 2016
Win a selection of books from noted authors speaking at Earth Day conference
To celebrate the stories and perspectives being shared at the tenth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on April 25, the institute will randomly select five conference attendees who will each receive a collection of five books by featured speakers David Quammen, Carolyn Finney, Andrew Revkin, Kimberly Blaeser, and Michael Shellenberger.

MARCH 30, 2016
No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north
If there is an animal emblematic of the northern winter, it is the snowshoe hare. A forest dweller, the snowshoe hare is named for its big feet, which allow it to skitter over deep snow to escape lynx, coyotes and other predators. It changes color with the seasons, assuming a snow-white fur coat for winter camouflage.

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