DECEMBER 10, 2019
Nelson Institute faculty working to improve the experiences of visitors to educational sites
Jack Williams, a professor of geography and an affiliate with the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR) recently worked with the CCR Science Council, the Arboretum’s education coordinator, Gail Epping Overholt, and Betsy Parker from the organization Nature Net to bring together three dozen educators and researchers to discuss increased collaboration on climate change, biodiversity, invasive species, and native landscapes education. The ideas generated from this meeting will be used to improve the experiences of visitors to educational sites across South Central Wisconsin.
DECEMBER 5, 2019
Nelson Institute undergrad implements change on campus and beyond
Nelson Institute undergraduate, Jeremy Sanford, is a driving force behind conservation efforts on campus. He’s used the knowledge he gained during his time at UW–Madison to become active in community outreach efforts ranging from his internship with the Office of Sustainability to his work with fraternities and underrepresented communities.
NOVEMBER 29, 2019
Nelson Institute professor, Adrian Treves working with the Minister of the Environment for France
Nelson Institute professor and founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, Adrian Treves, is currently one of sixteen experts serving on the Minister of the Environment for France scientific council on wolves. This council was established to advise the Minister of the Environment for France, Élisabeth Borne, on scientific consensus relating to wolf-livestock interactions, wolf-dog hybrids, and other issues related to wolves.
NOVEMBER 27, 2019
Two longtime champions of the Nelson Institute selected for the 2020 Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame
The 2020 Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) inductees will include two friends of the Nelson Institute, alumnus and UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Steve Born, as well as UW-Madison Professor Emeritus, Stanley Temple.
NOVEMBER 26, 2019
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts revived under Governor's Task Force
This fall, Governor Tony Evers established the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change in an effort to better understand the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin.
NOVEMBER 26, 2019
Nelson Institute student and alumna named 2020 Rhodes finalists
Nelson Institute undergraduate, Kevin Crosby, and alumna Lauren Jorgensen were selected as finalists for this year's Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and most celebrated college award for international study.
NOVEMBER 11, 2019
Earth Day@50 Arts Initiative celebrates the intersection of arts and the environment
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and its partners invite you to attend one of the upcoming Earth Day@50 – Arts Initiative events. These lectures, films, performances, and art exhibits are a celebration of the past fifty years of environmental stewardship, and will honor the power of artistic expression in connecting people, transforming perspectives, and igniting action. The initiative, which is in partnership with the UW-Madison Division of the Arts, the Overture Center for the Arts, the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), the Madison Arts Commission, and Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Dane Arts), will also seek to expand understanding of the concepts related to critical environmental topics and our collective environmental future.
NOVEMBER 11, 2019
Second edition of the Nelson Issue Brief focuses on deer ecology, CWD, and more
The Nelson Institute Issue Brief summarizes and conveys up-to-date scholarship from across the UW-Madison campus on key issues of environmental concern.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
Nelson Institute alumni working to create a bright future for solar power
As cities and states move to increase renewable energy usage, two Nelson Institute alumni will be leading the way on Long Island.August Schultz, Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) alumnus and Jessica Price, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (now Environmental Conservation) and Environment and Resources alumna, are a part of The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Solar Roadmap Project, which is working to locate low-impact sites for solar energy installations on Long Island. The locations, which will be identified using a variety of data, will aid New York in meeting its goal of receiving 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
An algorithm for understanding conservation agriculture
According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin is home to 64,793 farms on 14.3 million acres. Of those acres, it’s estimated that about six percent are utilizing conservation agriculture methods such as cover cropping. Although this number is continuing to grow, it remains hard to measure and even harder to know exactly why some farmers are choosing to utilize these methods, while others are not. To gain a greater understanding of these challenges, Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) alumna Alana Herro partnered with UW-Madison researchers and organizations throughout the state to test a new method for tracking conservation farming that links space observations with ground surveys.