JANUARY 23, 2014
Craig Benson: Bridging sustainability science and solutions
Craig Benson has always been passionate about environmental issues and he’s built his career on taking action and making a difference. A faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute and professor of geological engineering and civil and environmental engineering, Benson directs research and education for UW-Madison’s Office of Sustainability.

JANUARY 22, 2014
Graduate student named Madison Audubon Society conservation scholar
The Madison Audubon Society has recognized Nelson Institute graduate student Jackie Edmunds with a Conservation Scholars award, presenting the honor at a program on Jan. 21.

JANUARY 15, 2014
Fish forced into the ‘foraging arena’ when lakes lose their trees
A new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers is speaking for the trees — specifically, the dead ones that have toppled into a lake's near shore waters. For fish in northern Wisconsin lakes, at least, these trees can be the difference between pastures of plenty and the Hunger Games.

JANUARY 2, 2014
Climate research shows changes in Midwestern winters
A study predicting snowfall changes in the Midwest is helping to better illustrate what winters could look like later this century. Michael Notaro, associate director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, is studying changes in overall snowfall and lake-effect snow throughout the upper Midwest.

JANUARY 2, 2014
Students help guide sustainable community food systems in South Madison
Farmer’s markets are widely praised as a way to bring fresh, locally grown food into urban communities. But what if you start one and nobody comes? That’s one of several food-related questions tackled by two Nelson Institute undergraduate capstone courses during the fall semester.

DECEMBER 12, 2013
Video: Environmental filmmaking class
Follow along in this video as fall 2013 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Alex Rivera teaches "From Ecotopia to Ecopocalypse: Telling Digital Stories About the Environment" and Nelson Institute graduate student Ming Hua produces a short film, to be screened at the Tales From Planet Earth film festival.

DECEMBER 10, 2013
Intense human settlement and forest disruption linked to virus outbreak
A new study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene shows that the deadly Nipah virus in Bangladesh is infecting people only in areas with significant deforestation and high population density. Although the virus is spread by a common fruit bat, villages with fairly intact forest did not get Nipah virus infections.

NOVEMBER 26, 2013
Perennial energy crops could provide environmental benefits
Rows of corn and soybeans cover rolling hills, stitched together by creeks and woodlands that compose southwest Wisconsin's agricultural patchwork. These complex landscapes provide clean water, wildlife habitat and climate benefits, yet, historically their value has been measured in just one way: bushels per acre.

NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Environmental studies student named conservation scholar
Olivia Sanderfoot, a junior majoring in biology, environmental studies and Spanish, has received the Conservation Scholars award from the Madison Audubon Society. Sanderfoot was presented with the award Nov. 19.

NOVEMBER 12, 2013
A summer research adventure tracking whales… and their scat
To most people, collecting whale poop might not seem all that appealing. One Nelson Institute student, however, had the experience of a lifetime doing just that.

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