JULY 8, 2013
Reading the fine print: Can conservation easements allow adaptive management?
As conservation easements gain popularity for protecting privately owned land, a UW-Madison scientist is trying to unravel a difficult question: In the face of environmental change, how well can these easements satisfy their conservation goals?
JUNE 13, 2013
Award celebrates partnership with International Crane Foundation
A conservation collaboration between the International Crane Foundation and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies was recognized June 12 at the UW-Madison Community-University Partnership Awards.
JUNE 11, 2013
Professional degree a new tool for conservation leaders
In the face of unprecedented environmental challenges that demand novel solutions, UW-Madison is now accepting applications for a model graduate degree program to train tomorrow's conservation leaders.
JUNE 10, 2013
Jack Williams helps solve mystery of last mammoths' disappearance
Jack Williams, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, is part of a team of researchers studying the survival and ultimate demise of wooly mammoths on St. Paul Island, Alaska.
JUNE 6, 2013
Video: Investigating the ecology of a deadly virus
Micah Hahn, a graduate of the Nelson Institute Environment and Resources program (Ph.D. '13), discusses her research on the ecological factors impacting Nipah virus transmission in Bangladesh.
JUNE 4, 2013
Summer gas prices: UW experts weigh in
$3.93 per gallon. 16-gallon tank. $62.88 to fill up. This is all-too-familiar math for drivers who are grudgingly footing their gas bills. Many will direct their frustration at station owners, oil companies or the government. But what factors cause these summer price spikes?
MAY 30, 2013
Rob Nixon: Defining the environmental humanities
This week, University of Wisconsin-Madison English professor Rob Nixon receives the 2013 biennial award for best book in environmental literary studies from the American Society for Literature and the Environment, for his 2011 book "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor."
MAY 29, 2013
A virtual elephant from a marriage of biology, engineering and art
The solid aluminum cast of an elephant on Warren Porter's desk has been waiting for 25 years. With a novel melding of biology, engineering, and art, the 10-inch long cast has now been transformed into a 3-D digital model, capable of simulating interactions between a real African elephant and its physical environment.
MAY 29, 2013
A sneak peak at future forests
Among the lovely songbirds that brighten our northern Great Lakes forests, the Blackburnian warbler is a show stopper. But will the forests it knows and loves today be there in 100 years? To find out, The Nature Conservancy is partnering with UW-Madison researchers to create a tool that can give us a sneak peek at the future.
MAY 24, 2013
Understanding the past and predicting the future by looking across space and time
Studying complex systems like ecosystems can get messy, especially when trying to predict how they interact with other big unknowns like climate change.