SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
Nelson Institute alumna expands community conservation efforts around the globe
From the lush rainforests of Napo Province, Ecuador to the golden shores of Coron Island in the Philippines, Nelson Institute alumna, April Sansom has traveled the world to work with communities on land rights and conservation initiatives. A long-time believer in the power of community-based conservation, Sansom focuses much of her work on small scale conservation projects that empower local groups to independently manage land use and conservation projects. Although her first experience with this work occurred during her time with the United States Peace Corps, she became deeply involved in community-based conservation during her time as a graduate student at UW-Madison, forming relationships that she continues to foster in her new role as Director of Community Conservation.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
Nelson Institute graduate student named a 2019 Letters and Science Teaching Fellow
Nelson Institute graduate student, Sheamus Cavanaugh, has been named a 2019 Letter and Science Teaching Fellow in recognition of his outstanding success as a student and teacher at UW-Madison. This prestigious award includes a rigorous nomination process that requires department endorsement, student evaluations, and a personal statement from the nominees regarding their teaching philosophy. As one of the selected honorees, Cavanaugh received monetary support as well as the opportunity to lead a teaching assistant workshop on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
AUGUST 29, 2019
Nelson Institute alumna shares her road from major to career
Sarah Rueth, a 2010 Nelson Institute alumna, originally came to UW- Madison to pursue a graduate degree in Environment and Resources and achieve her dream of working for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) While participating in a research project, Rueth discovered that she wanted to expand her career goals into criminal justice. However, she still credits the Nelson Institute for instilling her values of community and diversity and allowing her to explore her interests in criminology while continuing to take classes for her degree.
AUGUST 15, 2019
Nelson Institute announces the winners of the 2019 Alumni Awards
Nelson Institute Announces the Winners of the Rising Star and Distinguished Alumni Awards
AUGUST 13, 2019
New review details the direct human health risks of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide exposure
A recent review out of the University of Wisconsin—Madison suggests that the increasing elevations in carbon dioxide may pose direct risks for human health.
AUGUST 1, 2019
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology elects Nelson Institute visiting professor to its board
Nelson Institute visiting professor, Eduardo Santana Castellón has been elected to the Governing Board of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The lab, which was founded in 1915, was the first institution created in the Western Hemisphere for the study of birds.
JULY 8, 2019
Nelson Institute partner UniverCity Year wins a Community-University Partnership Award
On June 26, 2019, UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank presented the UniverCity Year (UCY) program and its partners, including Green County, with a Community-University Partnership Award for their collaborative efforts to address community challenges while exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea of expanding education and outreach beyond the classroom.
JULY 2, 2019
Register to attend a Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium workshop
A recent Nelson Institute study led by The Nature Conservancy, showed that proper land management practices play a significant role in decreasing carbon emissions. In particular, the retention of grasslands, wetlands, and forests, were shown to help fight climate change. While there are many aspects of land management that can help, controlled burns have been shown to improve the viability of these important natural grasslands and savannas, particularly those that contain native oak trees. As such, the Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium (TPOS) will be hosting workshops throughout the Midwest this summer to educate land managers on the benefits of controlled burns.
JULY 2, 2019
In Memoriam: Maggie Stewart
Margaret Ann (Maggie) Stewart passed away at her parents’ home in South Milwaukee on June 10. Maggie was a 2016 graduate of the Nelson Institute’s Environmental Conservation Master’s Program and a 2014 graduate of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.
JULY 1, 2019
Rising to the Challenge: The Year of the Environment
At fifty, Earth Day, is a hallowed tradition. But this current moment, with all its incredible urgency, makes it feel as fresh as it did in 1970, when millions of people came together to talk about our responsibility to the planet.