MAY 20, 2013
New course taps students' superpowers to understand campus sustainability
On our finite planet, everything is connected. But it can be hard to grasp these connections without first understanding the processes and science behind them.
MAY 7, 2013
New project will adapt dairying to climate change
Agricultural scientists from across the nation are embarking on a new five-year, $10 million, USDA-funded effort to identify dairy production practices that minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG) and will be more resilient to the effects of a changing climate.
MAY 6, 2013
Decline in snow cover spells trouble for many plants, animals
For plants and animals forced to tough out harsh winter weather, the coverlet of snow that blankets the north country is a refuge, a stable beneath-the-snow habitat that gives essential respite from biting winds and subzero temperatures.
APRIL 25, 2013
Classes in the park unite middle schoolers with college students, nature
Trish O'Kane had reached a dead end. It was her first day teaching a capstone course in environmental studies at the Nelson Institute, and she was ready to forge ahead with a two-hour "college-style" lesson plan.
APRIL 25, 2013
Students awarded Bryson scholarships for climate research
Two UW-Madison students have been awarded Reid Bryson Scholarships for 2013 from the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research. Judging was based on student poster presentations at the seventh annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference April 15 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.
APRIL 24, 2013
Photos: Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference,
Nearly 2,000 participants from across the upper Midwest joined in a thought-provoking day of presentations and discussions at the seventh annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference April 15 in Madison, Wis., "Conservation Everywhere: Sustaining Natural and Cultural Diversity."
APRIL 24, 2013
Video spotlights Community Environmental Scholars Program
A new video, produced by University of Wisconsin-Extension, highlights the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program and the benefits it brings to students and the community.
APRIL 3, 2013
A new Earth Day: Emerging challenges in a rapidly changing world
As Earth Day 2013 approaches, we queried a number of Nelson Institute faculty and staff members for their perspectives on our rapidly changing environment, as well as opportunities for innovation.
MARCH 27, 2013
Melting Arctic ice may drive extreme weather
New research by Steve Vavrus, a senior scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, links ice loss in the Arctic to extreme weather events, such as drought, flooding, cold spells and heat waves, in much of the United States.
MARCH 25, 2013
An exploration of connections: Q&A with Earth Day conference speaker Celine Cousteau
Celine Cousteau, founder of the nonprofit organization CauseCentric Productions and a longtime explorer and filmmaker, is among the featured speakers at the seventh annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, joining renowned primatologist Jane Goodall and many others.