DECEMBER 19, 2018
Growing up in landlocked Tennessee, Kara Henderlight dreamed of the ocean. Although she was far from its rolling waves, she was determined to learn all that she could about the sea and the creatures that call it home. As a young adult, Henderlight explored career possibilities including marine biology, but was torn between her home in Tennessee and her dream of working by the ocean. At a crossroads after graduating from an undergraduate program in Environmental Science, Henderlight decided she was ready to make her dream of working in whale and dolphin conservation a reality, and that’s when she found the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation master’s program.
DECEMBER 18, 2018
Crops and Conservation
Along the edge of America’s farmland is a lush border of trees, grasses, and wildflowers that often mark property lines or a break between crops. These wild areas are often deemed unusable, but according to Nelson Institute alumna, Alison Duff, they may be the key to improving economic and conservation outcomes for farms as well as the greater community. In fact, studying the way in which working farms can serve as both production and conservation lands has been at the heart of Duff’s research since her early days as a graduate student at the Nelson Institute.
DECEMBER 13, 2018
EOI program welcomes National Geographic Fellow and Conservify founder, Shah Selbe
On December 7, 2019, the Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) professional master's program welcomed National Geographic Fellow and Conservify founder, Shah Selbe to campus for a special presentation titled, Conservation Technology: Open Source at Conservify and National Geographic Society.
NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Nelson Institute faculty selected as fall 2018 honored instructors
University of Wisconsin - Madison University Housing recently announced those nominated as fall 2018 outstanding professors through the Honored Instructor program. Among the recipients are Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies faculty members Adrian Treves, Professor and Founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, and Tom Bryan, Environment and Resources graduate student.
NOVEMBER 29, 2018
EAP Program awards esteemed graduate students with international scholarship
The Energy Analysis and Policy Program (EAP) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is awarding five international graduate students with scholarships recognizing academic and professional excellence.
NOVEMBER 28, 2018
Recipients of the Air Quality Research Award announced
The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin - Madison has selected two undergraduate students to be the first recipients of the undergraduate Air Quality Research Award.
NOVEMBER 20, 2018
Elders-in-Residence Program brings Ada Deer to campus
During the week of November 12, 2018, the University of Wisconsin–Madison hosted prominent social worker, former assistant secretary of Indian affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Menominee Tribe member Ada Deer, as the first Elder-in-Residence.
NOVEMBER 14, 2018
New Study Reveals Natural Landscapes Can Help Fight Climate Change
The lush grasslands and natural landscapes of the United States may be the key to fighting climate change, according to a new study that features research from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Published in Science Advances, the study shows that low-cost, natural climate solutions that encourage the growth and retention of grasslands, wetlands, and forests, can contribute to a significant decrease in carbon emissions. In fact, thanks to the natural carbon absorption and storage properties of the plants found in these natural areas, the study estimates that improved maintenance of this land would allow for the annual absorption of one fifth of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to emissions from all U.S. vehicles.
NOVEMBER 8, 2018
New faculty team to collaborate with Native Nations
The University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Nursing, School of Human Ecology, and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies are currently searching for three new faculty members who are interested in creating meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with tribal communities and sovereign Native Nations through interdisciplinary research and outreach. While each school has a unique set of requirements for applicants, candidates with diverse academic backgrounds who enjoy collaborative research are encouraged to apply. In fact, the three new hires will join members of the UW-Madison American Indian Studies Program, the Native Nations_UW Working Group, and a number of other faculty and staff in ongoing efforts to develop collaborative programs with Native Nations and tribal communities.
NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Food as a Form of Freedom
Growing up in the city of Detroit, Nelson Institute assistant professor of Environmental Justice, Monica White, can remember the pride she felt for her family’s garden. Whether it was the warm, vine-ripened tomatoes from her Grandmother’s indoor container garden, or the fresh, crisp vegetables from her Father’s backyard plot, White saw that agriculture promoted freedom, health, and a sense of community. For White, this connection between food and the Black community began to grow into a research interest as she watched the urban agriculture movement expand. Throughout her research, she saw that Black communities often used the connection between food production and community-based food systems to bring people together. This fascination led to exploration, which led to a greater understanding of the role agriculture and food plays in a community’s success and their efforts toward community health and wellness. This December, her interest is coming full circle as she releases her first single-authored book, Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement.