DECEMBER 22, 2014
Muddy forests, shorter winters present challenges for loggers
Stable, frozen ground has long been recognized a logger’s friend, capable of supporting equipment and trucks in marshy or soggy forests. Now, a comprehensive look at weather from 1948 onward shows that the logger’s friend is melting.
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Nelson study on winter severity among new research funded by Northeast Climate Science Center
Research led by Nelson Institute climate scientist Michael Notaro is among six new studies funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), it was announced today. The center is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
DECEMBER 9, 2014
Study hard, but stress less: Nelson student offers advice for peers
When Alice Reznickova decided to attend college, she also made a much bigger decision: to leave her home in the Czech Republic. So she boarded a plane and traveled to Massachusetts to attend Smith College, where she earned a degree in chemistry and environmental science and policy. From there, she headed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Environment and Resources.
DECEMBER 5, 2014
Video: Trout streams depend on ‘nature’s air conditioning’
Zach Schuster, a doctoral candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, wants to know how trout streams in Wisconsin's Driftless Area work. At stake could be the future of the state’s best trout fishery.
DECEMBER 4, 2014
Sturgeon 'thunder' research offers clues into sound-reproduction link
Lake sturgeon have been on the planet for 150 million years. Despite that long residency, scientists are still learning about these fish, the largest found in North America. An enduring question is what contributes to their survival skills. Answer: Sound. As one factor anyway.
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Study models the past to understand the future of strengthening El Niño
It was fishermen off the coast of Peru who first recognized the anomaly, hundreds of years ago. Every so often, their usually cold, nutrient-rich water would turn warm and the fish they depended on would disappear. Then there was the ceaseless rain.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Grasshoppers signal slow recovery of post-agricultural woodlands, study finds
Sixty years ago, the plows ended their reign and the fields were allowed to return to nature — allowed to become the woodland forests they once were. But even now, the ghosts of land-use past haunt these woods.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Climate adaptation webinar featuring Nelson faculty climbs iTunes chart
Getting the message out on climate can be challenging, especially for an area as large as the Great Lakes Region of the United States and Canada. But partnering with the Ohio State University Sea Grant program has moved the Wisconsin Idea up the iTunes chart, thanks to three UW-Madison faculty members.
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
Ecologist/hunter talks deer, plants, hunters and balance
UW-Madison Professor of Botany Donald Waller is a pioneer in exploring the impact of deer in natural habitats. For more than 20 years, Waller — who counts himself among the state's deer hunters — has led research on the economic, health and environmental impacts of deer.
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Crops play a major role in the annual CO2 cycle increase
Each year, the planet balances its budget. The carbon dioxide absorbed by plants in the spring and summer as they convert solar energy into food is released back to the atmosphere in autumn and winter. Levels of the greenhouse gas fall, only to rise again.