APRIL 2, 2015
Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide
Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but UW-Madison researchers show in a study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.
APRIL 1, 2015
Team tracks the uncertain climate footprint of wetlands
When is a wetland a sink and when is a wetland a source? That is the question an international team of researchers set out to answer in a new study published online March 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ankur Desai, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of just a few American scientists involved.
MARCH 31, 2015
Model helps Wisconsin city planners prepare to weather large storms
Floodwaters from Lake Mendota and Lake Monona could reach clear across central Madison's isthmus. If Lake Mendota breaks its banks, officials would be forced to close down Dane County Regional Airport.
MARCH 30, 2015
UW engineer models groundwater to help farmers at home and abroad
Argentina might seem a long way to go for an environmental engineer seeking to better understand land use in Wisconsin. But on his Fulbright Scholar Program-supported journey to Argentina in 2014, Nelson Institute faculty affiliate Steve Loheide sought to learn from the surprising parallels between Argentina and Wisconsin’s histories of land use and ecohydrology.
MARCH 27, 2015
Look beyond 'environment' in gauging public opinion, says Nelson Institute director
New poll results released this week suggest Americans are less worried about the environment than they were in 2014, with public concern at the low end of what Gallup has measured over the past 25 years.
MARCH 24, 2015
Students awarded Wisconsin Idea Fellowship for teacher training in Ecuador
Two undergraduate environmental studies students have been awarded a 2015-16 Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship for a project linking Ecuadorian teachers to the Latino Earth Partnership Environmental Education Program.
MARCH 19, 2015
For UW-Madison scientists, Northern Wisconsin serves as a lab and a classroom
For the past decade, Ankur Desai has been working with collaborators from across the country to study the uptake and emission of carbon in northern Wisconsin’s forests, wetlands and lakes.
MARCH 18, 2015
Alumna honored for career of science outreach in the community
Longtime UW-Madison campus and community outreach champion Dolly Ledin, an alumna of the Nelson Institute, has been awarded the Wisconsin Campus Compact 2015 Sister Joel Read Civic Leadership Award.
MARCH 12, 2015
Collins named Hilldale Award winner
Jane Collins, a professor of community & environmental sociology and gender and women’s studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, has been chosen for a prestigious Hilldale Award, an annual recognition for University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members that dates back to 1987.
MARCH 11, 2015
Patz discusses health benefits of addressing climate change
Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison and a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health, spent the first months of his 2014-2015 sabbatical as a visiting faculty chair at the University of Geneva and gave the semester-opening address, "Climate Change and Health,” in February.