The Commons – October 2023

  • Baratunde Thurston. Photo by Mathieu Young

    Welcoming Baratunde Thurston to the Jordahl Stage

    “When I say Jordahl, you say lecture!” Baratunde Thurston began, followed by the chants of the crowd. 

  • L-r: Dean Paul Robbins, Nathan Schulfer, director international and professional programs, Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, Meghan Kautzer, lecturer and environmental conservation program coordinator, Sarah Graves, lecturer and environmental observation and informatics program coordinator.

    A Night of Celebration: Rendezvous on the Terrace

    The sun sets over Lake Mendota as a buzz of chatter can be heard from Nelson Institute faculty, alumni, and students attending the 2023 Rendezvous on the Terrace celebration.

  • A typical “retirement house” in Orange Lake Village, built and developed by James Rosati and Sons in the mid-1950s in Pinellas County, Florida. Photo by Anna Andrzejewski

    The South Florida Façade

    “What is this place?” Anna Andrzejewski asked herself. Surrounded by palm trees, bright colors, sprawling suburbia, and the occasional alligator, she couldn’t make sense of the strange cultural landscape of South Florida when she visited nearly 20 years ago.

  • Experimental enclosures are strategically placed around lakes to sample variation in habitat, including vegetation, prey, light, and temperature. Sometimes this involves serious canoeing expertise! Photos courtesy of Weber Lab

    Gone Fishin’ with Jesse Weber

    Some Wisconsinites may embark on annual fishing trips, but Jesse Weber’s fishing excursions look a little bit different.

  • Ben Zuckerberg

    Director’s Cut

    It promises to be an exciting year ahead for the Center for Ecology and the Environment (CEE).

  • A camera trapped image of a tiger in a Community Forest captured during Team Tiger's recent survey. Photo courtesy of S. Helle and Team Tiger

    Trekking with Tigers

    When Sam Helle was growing up in the middle of Milwaukee, she didn’t expect to someday be a conservation biologist surveying tiger populations in the foothills of the Himalayas.

  • Science Hall. Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications

    An Environmental Campus Walkabout

    During the Spring 2023 semester, 13 Nelson Institute undergraduates took to the trails, streets, and sidewalks of the UW–Madison campus with a mission: to create an audio-based walking tour focused on the stories of environmental activism on campus.

  • The Rise of Sustainability Communications

    Across higher education, offices of sustainability show “optimism at the end of the world.”

  • Twelve Years of Climate Change in Wisconsin

    Steve Vavrus, director of the State Climatology Office, looks back on how Wisconsin’s climate has changed since the 2011 WICCI assessment report.