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.
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.