Congratulations to Geography and Nelson Institute professor, Holly Gibbs, for being selected for a 2016 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award is given annually to six outstanding teachers at the UW-Madison. Prof. Gibbs teaches Geog/EnvSt 309: People, Land and Food, the Environmental Studies Capstone, and an annual graduate seminar on interdisciplinary topics around land change science.
Congratulations to Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta who has been awarded a Vilas Associate Award. The Vilas Award is a campus-wide competition that recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. Marín-Spiotta’s research examines how anthropogenic and climatically-driven landscape disturbance alters the accumulation and loss of biomass and biologically active elements within and across ecosystem boundaries.
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Becca Summer for winning a campus-wide ‘Innovation in Teaching’ award for her TA work in Introduction to Human Geography (G101) and Introduction to the City (G305). This annual award is given by the Graduate School, with funding support from the College of L&S, to recognize exceptional teaching by graduate students. Summer and other award […]
Dean Olsen had a successful stint in advertising and marketing in New York City, Chicago and London. But his high-flying career came crashing down after an addiction to alcohol contributed to a downward spiral that landed him in a Madison homeless shelter. Now, he has turned his life around and returned to UW-Madison Geography Department […]
Professor Holly Gibbs was awarded two grants from the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NORAD). The first grant “The Zero-Deforestation Revolution: Breaking the link Between Commodity Agriculture and Forest Loss” is in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation and Climate Advisors, and provides around $8,500,000 total funding with approximatley $1,700,000 to the Gibbs Lab (total […]
If you live on Madison’s near eastside, you may have noticed an uptick in the number of people walking through your neighborhood during the last week of April. They would have been wearing headphones connected to an iPhone or tablet and might have been gazing at what, to you, appeared to be some rather mundane […]
Professor Ian Baird recently announced a new research initiative, Tracking Change, which received CAN$2.5 million in support from the government of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project will fund local and traditional knowledge research activities in the Mackenzie River basin and sister projects in the Lower Amazon and Lower Mekong River Basins, […]
Allison Hegan (Kleine) (B.A. ’10) has published a new book, No More Endlings: Saving Species One Story at a Time. Among the book’s other contributors are the UW–Madison’s very own professors Cal DeWitt, Lisa Naughton and Adrian Treves, and graduates Leela Hazzah, Stephanie Dolrenry, and Mike Wallace. A blend of story-telling, science, and imagery, No More […]
Colin Higgins (B.A. ’15) has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, an honor reserved for the top undergraduate scholars. Higgins, of Middleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies in May, triple majoring with comprehensive honors in environmental studies, geography and history. He is currently a graduate student in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs […]
In October, the Department of Geography officially announced the launch of its new Online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming. This is the first online degree offered by our department and we are excited to expand our educational outreach to new audiences and deliver globally in-demand geospatial development training.