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Gibbs awarded two NORAD grants

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 […]

Global Madison makes connections

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 […]

New research initiative strengthens indigenous voices

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, […]

Alumna Allison Hegan publishes book on species conservation

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 […]

Geography alumnus named Rhodes Scholar

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 […]

Department launches online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming

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.

Post-doc, grad student research assistants sought – Tropical land use change in Brazil

The Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab (GLUE) has openings for one post-doctoral scientist and two graduate students to join a larger project assessing the response to supply chain governance efforts to reduce deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado biomes (e.g., Soy Moratorium and Zero-Deforestation Cattle Agreements). See links for details about these positions including how […]

Geography students spend summer jump-starting their careers

When preparing to land that first career job out of school, nothing beats an internship experience to give students a leg up in today’s job market. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, employers report that applicants’ experiences outside the classroom — internships, jobs, and extracurricular activities — is a much bigger factor than coursework and grades when […]

Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

By Gilly McBride, Morgridge Center for Public Service Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well. In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as […]

Naughton receives Vilas Research Investigator Award

Professor Lisa Naughton has been selected to receive a UW–Madison Vilas Research Investigator Award. The award provides $30,000 of funding for research assistants or project assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year. Naughton’s research focuses on biodiversity conservation in developing countries, social conflict and land use around protected areas, land tenure and property rights, and attitudes toward wildlife in conservation in human-dominated landscapes. Lisa will use […]

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