NOVEMBER 6, 2019
Nelson Institute alumni working to create a bright future for solar power
As cities and states move to increase renewable energy usage, two Nelson Institute alumni will be leading the way on Long Island. August Schultz, Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) alumnus and Jessica Price, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (now Environmental Conservation) and Environment and Resources alumna, are a part of The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Solar Roadmap Project, which is working to locate low-impact sites for solar energy installations on Long Island. The locations, which will be identified using a variety of data, will aid New York in meeting its goal of receiving 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
An algorithm for understanding conservation agriculture
According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin is home to 64,793 farms on 14.3 million acres. Of those acres, it’s estimated that about six percent are utilizing conservation agriculture methods such as cover cropping. Although this number is continuing to grow, it remains hard to measure and even harder to know exactly why some farmers are choosing to utilize these methods, while others are not. To gain a greater understanding of these challenges, Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) alumna Alana Herro partnered with UW-Madison researchers and organizations throughout the state to test a new method for tracking conservation farming that links space observations with ground surveys.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
New faculty team to address key research and education needs in The Emerging Polar Regions
Several departments at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, including the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, are collaborating to hire three new faculty members who will focus on research and outreach related to the Emerging Polar Regions. While the faculty will work on a wide range of projects related to the changes occurring around the Earth’s polar regions, UW-Madison will specifically be seeking a Polar Climate Modeler, a Glaciology/Ice Sheet Modeler, and a Polar/Arctic Ecosystems and Ecological Modeler.
NOVEMBER 5, 2019
Anna Andrzejewski named Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and the Environment (CHE)
As the newly named Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and the Environment (CHE) and Bradshaw Knight Professor of the Environmental Humanities, Anna Vemer Andrzejewski is working to bring the Wisconsin Idea to the forefront through public humanities. A professor in the Art History department, Andrzejewski studies the history of North American vernacular architecture, especially of the post-World War II period, but is equally passionate about connecting the public with a greater understanding of how human cultures impact the natural world.
NOVEMBER 4, 2019
Nelson Institute welcomes Grace Bulltail, assistant professor of Native American Environment, Health, and Community
Understanding the intersection of watershed management and tribal sovereignty is among the top research goals of Grace Bulltail, the newly named Nelson Institute assistant professor of Native American Environment, Health, and Community. Bulltail joins new colleagues from the School of Nursing and the School of Human Ecology as part of a multi-faculty hire to collaborate with tribal communities and sovereign Native Nations on a variety of initiatives.
NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Nelson Institute and Forest and Wildlife Ecology welcome assistant professor Zuzana Burivalova
Identifying and understanding the best ways to preserve biodiversity in tropical forests is at the heart of Zuzana Burivalova’s research. A 2015 graduate of ETH Zurich and a newly named Nelson Institute and Forest and Wildlife Ecology assistant professor, Burivalova will be researching soundscapes in an effort to better understand how human behavior is impacting biodiversity within tropical rainforests.
OCTOBER 30, 2019
Nelson Institute affiliate Greg Nemet named World Citizen Prize recipient
Nelson Institute affiliate and La Follette School of Public Affairs Professor Greg Nemet has been named the inaugural recipient of the World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance.
OCTOBER 29, 2019
Dean Paul Robbins and Nelson Institute alumnus attend WFAA "Fighting Extinction” event
During the Year of the Environment, as the Nelson Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Institute is also proud to celebrate all of the amazing alumni contributing to environmental studies. As a part of this celebration, Nelson Institute Dean Paul Robbins traveled to San Francisco for the "Fighting Extinction” event where UW-Madison alumni from the Bay area came together to discuss how the environmental movement has transformed lives and how the next 50 years may determine the fate of our planet.
OCTOBER 22, 2019
Jonathan Patz elected to National Academy of Medicine
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies faculty member Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of his research into the connections between climate change and human health.
OCTOBER 11, 2019
Nelson Institute Professor helps to lead UW-Madison’s first comprehensive STARS reporting effort
The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently earned a silver rating for its first broad sustainability assessment through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System.