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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Volunteer army: Students help restore ammunition site
At the site of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant just outside of Baraboo, student volunteers from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies are working overtime. Arms production ended in 1975, and for the past 15 years, the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance has been working to restore the land around the sprawling facility. Student help is critical to these efforts.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Climate expert: Record loss of Arctic ice could impact Wisconsin
Ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted to the smallest areal extent ever recorded this year, falling to 1.3 million square miles at its lowest point on Sept. 16, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. That's less than half of the normal area covered by ice at summer's end.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Surprising demographic shifts in endangered monkey population challenge conservation expectations
At first glance, the northern muriqui monkey is a prime conservation success story. These Brazilian primates are critically endangered, but in the past 30 years a population on a private reserve has grown from just 60 individuals to some 300, now comprising almost a third of the total remaining animals.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Aldo Leopold's field notes score a lost "soundscape"
Emeritus professor Stanley Temple and graduate student Christopher Bocast have recreated a "soundscape" from Aldo Leopold's 70 year-old field notes.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Growth field: Environmental studies a "college major with a future"
For the second year in a row, a leading magazine has named environmental studies a hot college major and singled out UW-Madison for its undergraduate programs in this growing field.


AUGUST 30, 2012
Early ambition: Peter McIntyre
By the age of seven, Peter McIntyre already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. "I got my first fishing pole from my granddad when I was seven," recalls McIntyre, a UW-Madison limnologist and assistant professor of zoology since 2010. "It was a long family tradition, and from the day I got that fishing pole, I was an aquatic ecologist."


AUGUST 30, 2012
Problem solver: John Orrock
John Orrock has always had a fervor for figuring things out. But it wasn't until an ecology lab during his undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University that he realized he could spend his career asking and answering questions.


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.


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