News Archives


September 30, 2020
Tracey Holloway Wins AGU Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award

Eighty-five distinguished scientists receive accolades from groups representing their disciplines within AGU, the world’s largest Earth and space science society. Congratulations to Prof. Tracey Holloway on winning the 2020 AGU Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award!

September 08, 2020
Envisioning a future for grasslands in the United States

Tyler Lark's recent work highlighted in Nelson Institute News


September 03, 2020
Nelson PhD candidate maps nearly one-third of the world's croplands, rural and farming communities stand to benefit

Aparna Phalke, a PhD candidate in the Environment and Resources (ER) program and recipient of a UW-Madison Graduate School Dissertator Fellowship, recently received international recognition for her work on a high-resolution cropland area map of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia.


August 06, 2020
2010 Global Soil and Biomass Carbon Maps Available

Data published in Nature Scientific Data by Seth Spawn, Clare Sullivan, Tyler Lark and Holly Gibbs are now available to anybody through Google Earth Engine -- a geospatial cloud computing environment used by thousands of researchers around the world.


August 03, 2020
A triple threat COVID-19, climate change and eviction

Opinion piece by Prof. Jonathan Patz appears in Isthmus. "According to analysis by the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, Congress’ failure to extend a pandemic-related eviction moratorium places more than 29 million Americans at risk of homelessness by the end of the year.."


July 20, 2020
Newly Published Science Article Receives Wide Media Attention

"The rotten apples of Brazil's agribusiness", Lisa Rausch and Holly Gibbs, co-authors, highlights the interlinkage between illegal deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado—the largest Brazilian biomes with the highest rates of deforestation—and EU imports of Brazil's soy and beef, the country's major agricultural commodities. Although most of Brazil's agricultural output is deforestation-free, it was found that 2% of properties in the Amazon and Cerrado are responsible for 62% of all potentially illegal deforestation and that roughly 20% of soy exports and at least 17% of beef exports from both biomes to the EU may be contaminated with illegal deforestation. Raising awareness is important to press Brazil to conserve its environmental assets and to promote international political will for cutting telecoupled GHG emissions. This could be achieved, for example, through the environmental safeguards of the Mercosur-EU trade agreement, which require EU imports to comply with the export country's legislation.


July 16, 2020
SAGE Dept. Admin Laurel Fletcher = a NASA Hero!

Laurel Fletcher has been highlighted as one NASA's “Unsung Heroes” for her outstanding work to support the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team led by Prof. Tracey Holloway. Laurel has been the hidden support for the semi-annual HAQAST meetings. She handles travel and reimbursement coordination along with event logistics, from booking hotels to ensuring there are poster displays. Most of the time Laurel’s work goes unnoticed because things run so seamlessly! Congratulations for the recognition, Laurel!

June 22, 2020
"Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market"

A study by SAGE alum, Dr. Sarah Olsen, was highlighted in the New York Times. Sarah was Dr. Jonathan Patz's first PhD student at SAGE. 


June 11, 2020
Of Chainsaws and Supply Chains: How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation

Holly Gibbs was quoted in Economist article considering the needed incentives to help big soy and meatpacking companies avoid buying from properties with deforestation under Bolsonaro's government. 


May 18, 2020
Prof. Jonathan Patz Presents, "Without Reversing Environmental Damage, Mark your Calendars for the Next Pandemic"

This was for the Earth Leadership Program, This Changes Everything: Sustainability Science in a Post-COVID-19 World, May 12, 2020


May 12, 2020
Prof. Holly Gibbs Awarded H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship

Eleven UW faculty have received H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships for 2020-21, which recognize faculty within their first six years from promotion to a tenured position. The award is named in recognition of the late WARF trustees president H.I. Romnes and comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years. 
Holly studies how and why people use land around the world, including in the United States and the Brazilian Amazon. 


May 01, 2020
Prof. Jonathan Patz to Give Keynote Address in Online Webinar

"Climate Justice meets Global Health in the time of COVID-19"  Monday, May 4, 1-4PM, (click READ MORE to register)


April 23, 2020
Jonathan Patz Presented at UW-Madison Earth Day Virtual Conference

"Transmission and Transitions: How Climate Change is Impacting Human and Planetary Health"


April 18, 2020
Jonathan Patz was a Guest on Wisconsin Public Radio for Earth Day

"Why Climate Change Can Lead To More Pandemics"


March 31, 2020
New Paper Published in Nature Climate Change

Seth Spawn (Gibbs PhD Student in Geog and part of SAGE) and Prof. Holly Gibbs are part of a new paper out today in Nature Climate Change, "Protecting Irrecoverable Carbon in Earth’s Ecosystems". Seth is one of the leading authors and the paper relies heavily on a new global biomass and soil carbon map that the Gibbs Lab created and should soon come out in Nature Scientific Data.  There is one additional paper that will soon come out based on this data. 


March 31, 2020
Congratulations to SAGE's Newest Ph.D., Dr. Yanghui Kang!

Yanghui successfully defended her thesis, "Towards Operational Monitoring of the Agroecosystems with Satellite Remote Sensing: A Case Study in the Midwest U.S.". She was recently offered a highly prestigious USDA postdoctoral fellowship in one of the ARS labs in Beltsville, MD. Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan is her advisor. 

March 25, 2020
Seth Spawn Wins IOP Publishing ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ Award

Seth Spawn has been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for Environmental Research Letters for 2019, in recognition of the high quality and timeliness of his reviews during the year. Way to go, Seth!

March 12, 2020
Yanghui Kang to Give Her PhD Dissertation Defense 3/31/20

Please consider joining the public portion of the defense,  "Towards Operational Monitoring of the Agroecosystems with Satellite Remote Sensing: A Case Study in the Midwest U.S."  Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan, Advisor  

Tuesday, March 31, 11am in the Trewartha Room (378 Science Hall)

March 09, 2020
Jonathan Patz Presents Talk at The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach CA

The Effects of Earth's Health on Human Health. Treatment for Today's Climate Emergency Can Actually Save the Lives of Way More People Than We Ever Imagined. 


February 28, 2020
Nelson Institute Featured in "On Wisconsin" Magazine

Holly Gibbs was interviewed as part of the cover story for On Wisconsin.


February 28, 2020
New SAGE Publication

"A Low-Carbon Future Could Improve Global Health and Achieve Economic Benefits" in JAMA by J.A. Patz, V.J. Stull, and V.S. Limaye


January 29, 2020
Prof. Zuzana Burivalova to Present Talk at the Field Museum, in Chicago

Zuzana will present "When the Rainforest Goes Quiet"  as part of the Field Museum's Night of Ideas: Alive! at 7pm, Thursday Jan 30, This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration required. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the Field Bistro. Use code ALIVE2020 for a 25% discount on Lyft rides to and from the Field Museum for the Night of Ideas.


January 21, 2020
Prof. Patz Speaks at Caribbean Plan­e­tary Health Con­fer­ence

The theme of the conference was “Build­ing Re­silient Health Sys­tem for Cli­mate Change” and was held at the Uni­verisi­ty of the West In­dies, St Au­gus­tine campus.


January 02, 2020
SAGE Alum Kate Anderson to Defend Ph.D. Thesis


Presentation of her dissertation research on "The Would-Be Agroecologists: Organification, Supply Management and Co-opted Collective Action in U.S. Dairy"  will be Monday, January 6th, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Wisconsin Energy Institute. Room 1115.  Kate's advisor is associate professor Erin Silva in the Department of Plant Pathology.