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.
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.