News Archives


December 12, 2019
New SAGE Professor Grace Bulltail Featured in InsideUW

The intersection of watershed management and tribal sovereignty is among the top research areas of Grace Bulltail, assistant professor of Native American environment, health and community. She has spent much of her career studying the impact of oil and gas extraction on water quality.


October 15, 2019
Rachel Licker to Present Talk at SAGE

Nelson Institute / SAGE alum, Rachel Licker, Senior Climate Scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, will present a lunchtime discussion on the recent "Killer Heat" report from UCS. This will take place at noon on Friday, October 18th, at the Enzyme Institute (1710 University Avenue) in room 272.

October 10, 2019
Gibbs Lab Research Featured in New York Times

The Gibbs Lab research tracking outcomes from the corporate Zero-Deforestation Commitments in the Brazilian Amazon was covered by a New York Times article that came out Oct 10, 2019. 
The team has pushed especially hard over the last several years to identify solutions to strengthen the monitoring used by companies.  They pioneered ways to use data science tools to link cattle movements and supply chain data to the property boundaries needed to track deforestation.  They then took the technology we developed and partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to create a free, cloud-based supply chain traceability tool for the cattle sector (VISIPEC) that they have been widely pitching to the industry.  They are hopeful the NYT coverage could add pressure for its uptake, which is even more urgent now that President Bolsonaro is reducing the availability and transparency of public data.


October 07, 2019
One of the best 3-min. flash talks on global health & food crisis...& a solution!

SAGE alum, Valerie Stull, PhD gave a 3-minute flash task at the 3rd annual Planetary Health Conference, held last month at Stanford.


September 27, 2019
Jonathan Patz Featured in Article

"Climate Change Best Case Scenario: Save Millions, Make Trillions"


September 19, 2019
Limaye et al. Research Featured on WPR

The newly published research in GeoHealth, “Estimating the Health-Related Costs of 10 Climate-Sensitive U.S. Events During 2012" was covered by Wisconsin Public Radio and featured fellow SAGE alum Megan Christenson speaking to the Wisconsin trends. 


June 28, 2019
New Publication

Just published in Sustainability Science - "Research and Policy Priorities for Edible Insects" by Valerie Stull and Jonathan Patz. 


June 11, 2019
Lisa Rausch, AnHai Doan, and Holly Gibbs Awarded $150,000 Grant from the Meridian Institute

Dr. Lisa Rausch (GLUE Researcher at SAGE), Prof AnHai Doan (UW-CS) and Prof. Holly Gibbs (SAGE), were awarded a $150,000 grant for their work to bring Data Science Solutions to characterize cattle supply chains in the Brazilian Amazon.  The title of the grant is "Characterizing compliance in cattle supply chains: What factors encourage deforestation-free production in the Brazilian Amazon?" This builds off their successful UW Data Science Initiative grant.

May 22, 2019
Jonathan Patz to Participate in Loka Initiative and Symposium

The Loka Initiative is a new education and outreach program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for faith leaders and religious institutions. Our mission is to support faith-led environmental efforts locally and around the world through collaborations with faith leaders and religious institutions on environmental protection, sustainable development and global health issues.

The Loka Initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration among different programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is housed in the Center for Healthy Minds in partnership with Center for the Humanities, Center for Religion and Global Citizenry, Division of Continuing Studies, the Global Health Institute, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Religious Studies Program.

The Loka Symposium will be held from May 28th to May 30th in Madison, Wisconsin under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The symposium will bring together faith leaders and culture keepers from diverse religious and indigenous traditions with scientists, scholars, policy makers, philanthropists, and experts to develop new and stronger faith-led environmental partnerships. The theme of the symposium is “Faith in Action for a Flourishing Planet” and will examine global progress in environmental and climate change strategies while investigating the potential for faith-led environmental action by building understanding, motivating change, and creating practical goals. As such, the symposium will integrate spiritual resources such as scripture, meditation, sacrament, ritual and symbolic art to support this exchange of faith-based and scientific ideas and strategies.

The symposium aspires to be inclusive and representative of faith communities and religious institutions that are dedicated to environmental change, reflecting diversity in traditions, nationality, ethnicity and perspectives and welcome expertise from the domains of ecology, climatology, psychology, neuroscience, health, education, religious studies and research.





May 15, 2019
Seth Spawn's Research Highlighted in Physics World

“Folks can easily see and understand how tropical deforestation removes carbon from the landscape and emits it to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide,” says Seth Spawn of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, US. “But in the US and other more temperate areas, land-use change disproportionately affects grassland ecosystems where – being stored underground – the vulnerable carbon is far less visible, but nevertheless abundant.”


May 09, 2019
Grace Choi Defends M.S. Thesis "Assessing Applications of Fine Particulate Matter for Public Health"

Grace has been an M.S. student in the Nelson Institute Environment & Resources and a student in the Energy Analysis and Policy Program, and she is the 2018-2019 SAGE Weston Fellow, and a recipient of a 2018 Global Health Institute Award. 

May 05, 2019
Holly Gibbs' Research Featured in "Fueling Discovery" section in Sunday 5/5/19 WI State Journal

Holly Gibbs' work was featured on p. 20 in "Fueling Discovery", a multi-page feature highlighting work in UW-Madison's College of Letters and Sciences. Holly has an appointment in both Geography (L&S) and the Nelson Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). 


May 03, 2019
Jonathan Patz Presents Tyler Award

Jonathan Patz presented the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement to Dr. Michael Mann


April 13, 2019
Amintas Brandao Jr. Wins Arthur B. Sacks Award

Amintas Brandao Jr. was awarded Arthur B. Sacks Award for Graduate Excellence in Environmental Studies and Sustainability!  Advisor, Holly Gibbs. Congratulations, Amintas!

April 10, 2019
Seth Spawn Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Seth was just awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) for his work on "Finding space for diversification in US agriculture". Congratulations, Seth!

April 05, 2019
Seth Spawn Receives Olmstead Award for Outstanding Publication

Seth Spawn, GLUE/SAGE PhD student, was awarded the Department of Geography’s 2019 Olmstead Award for outstanding publication for his recent paper in Environmental Research Letters on Carbon emissions from cropland expansion in the United States. 


March 21, 2019
David Abel and Holloway Team Publish New Paper in Environmental Science & Technology

We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more money for consumers by alleviating the costs of adverse health effects attributed to air pollution.


January 23, 2019
As Climate Heats Up, Rising Rainfall Averages Hide Crop-Killing Droughts

Research performed in the Ethiopian highlands by SAGE scientists Michael Eggen and Mutlu Ozdogan shows that even in years with above average rainfall, crops can be severely reduced by drought early in the growing season, when seeds must sprout and get established. The research was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. 


January 08, 2019
Jonathan Patz Interviewed on WPR - Why Climate Change Is A Major Public Health Issue

Climate change has major consequences for public health. According to the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Report, air pollution causes approximately 7 million premature deaths per year. Our guest was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for over a decade. Dr. Patz explains the connection between climate change and human health.