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.
NOVEMBER 7, 2014
Three Nelson Institute faculty receive Fulbright Scholar awards
Four University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members, including three faculty affiliates of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, have received Fulbright Scholar Awards to lecture and/or conduct research abroad during the 2014-15 academic year, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Greater use of social media gets science, scientists noticed, study says
Here is an idea worth following: "share” for tenure; "like” to get cited.
OCTOBER 30, 2014
Two Nelson Institute students receive EPA research fellowship grants
Two Nelson Institute graduate students, both pursuing doctoral degrees in Environment and Resources, have been awarded fellowship grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.
OCTOBER 29, 2014
Tackling Ebola on many fronts
Nelson Institute faculty affiliates Gregg Mitman, Richard Keller and Tony Goldberg are among a cohort of researchers and physicians in the UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) community who have personally and professionally confronted the Ebola outbreak ̶ and are looking for ways to avoid the next crisis.
OCTOBER 29, 2014
Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals
Bigger is better, if you’re a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water.
OCTOBER 28, 2014
Audubon Society ecologist to address conservation of birds in the face of climate change
Chad Wilsey once spent his days at the head of the classroom, teaching the wonders of biology to students in middle and high school. Today he watches biology unfold in landscapes across America and works to intervene, modeling environmental change as a spatial ecologist with the National Audubon Society.