AUGUST 30, 2012
Dealing with change: Ellen Damschen
According to Ellen Damschen, if you understand the problem, you also understand the solution. An assistant professor in the Zoology Department, Damschen says climate change and global diversity are at the forefront of her research. She studies the factors behind how communities are composed and how human impacts alter ecosystems.
AUGUST 30, 2012
Embracing complexity: Jonathan Pauli
"Ecology isn't rocket science. It's much more difficult." Those eight words, written by UW-Madison's own Steve Carpenter, jumped out at Jonathan Pauli as he was starting graduate school. To this day the statement stands as his favorite way to describe the field of ecology.
AUGUST 30, 2012
Wisconsin Ecology: New cohort carries on century-old tradition
From sloth populations in Costa Rica to fish migrating along Southeast Asia's Mekong River to changing vegetation in the Pacific Northwest, ecology is everywhere. Yet for many of the brightest minds in the field, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the base camp from which to study some of the world's greatest conservation challenges.
AUGUST 23, 2012
West Nile's 'super spreader:' How about the American robin?
Since arriving in 1999 from Europe or Africa, West Nile virus has spread to nearly every state and a growing body of evidence is pointing to the iconic American robin as the primary culprit for spreading the disease in the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.
AUGUST 17, 2012
Holloway honored for education and mentorship in clean energy
Tracey Holloway, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, is the recipient of the first-ever C3E award for education and mentorship in clean energy.
AUGUST 3, 2012
Layered learning: Students solve local challenges in community-scale composting class
After six hours of shoveling compost in 100-degree weather, Natalie Cook, Hui Wang and Jen Weisheit were deemed the compost queens. The UW-Madison students and five classmates were part of Community-Scale Composting, a summer capstone course for students earning the undergraduate environmental studies certificate or major.
AUGUST 1, 2012
Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest
When it comes to gnarly weather, tornadoes, blizzards and hurricanes seem to get most of our attention, perhaps because their destructive power makes for imagery the media can't ignore. But for sheer killing power, heat waves do in far more people than even the most devastating hurricane. Ask medical historian Richard Keller.
JULY 30, 2012
Nelson Institute alumna accepts international award on behalf of Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Nelson Institute alumna Katie Beilfuss accepted the 2012 Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award for Education on behalf of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association at a July 6 ceremony in Bucharest, Romania. Beilfuss serves as Outreach Programs Director for the organization.
JULY 27, 2012
Cathy Middlecamp: Lessons in climate change on Alaska's northern coast
Cathy Middlecamp, a UW-Madison associate professor of environmental studies and Howe Bascom Professor of Integrated Liberal Studies, traveled to Barrow, Alaska, in July to teach students from native villages above the Arctic Circle about climate change. She prepared the following report about her experience.
JULY 26, 2012
Speaking for nature: Q&A with professor Roberta Hill
Can a student fully grasp environmentalism without diving into Aldo Leopold's legendary essays and books? Understand environmental crises without reading the work of Rachel Carson? These are questions that Roberta Hill, a UW-Madison professor of English and Nelson Institute affiliate, raises in the classroom.