Prof. Lisa Naughton has received a UW–Madison 2016 Education Innovation Grant to create an international experience for students, specifically for Geog/Envir St 339: Environmental Conservation, through online short videos and real-time discussions with Ugandan farmers. The project aims to create a sense of connection to the global community among UW-Madison students who may have the opportunity […]
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.
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 […]
Faculty members Sarah A. Moore, Robert Roth and Morgan Robertson were awarded $400,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences program to study “Transboundary Flows of Hazardous Waste in North America”. This project is the first of its kind to analyze flows of waste to and from specific sub-national locales throughout Canada, Mexico […]
Prof. Jim Burt announced that he will retire this August after 32 years in the UW–Madison Geography Department. Jim and his wife Jan will host a retirement celebration at their rural home in Middleton on Sunday, September 6th. Everyone is welcome to join them! Please RSVP for the event here. Jim Burt came to the UW in 1983 after three years […]
by Kelly April Tyrrell, UW Communications Today, fewer chicken nuggets can trace their roots to cleared Amazon rain forest. In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace and under pressure from consumers, large companies like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart decided to stop using soy grown on cleared forestland in the Brazilian Amazon. This put pressure on commodity […]
Congratulations to Prof. Holly Gibbs for winning a 2015 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) award for her proposal, Solutions for Food Waste Reduction: Integrating Teaching with Research on Sustainability. This grant from the UW Office of Sustainabilty (OS) will fund the development of a module on food waste for Geog 309 “People, Land, and Food” this semester and a new, interdisciplinary undergraduate capstone […]
by Meghan Lepisto, UW-Madison Communications Environmental historian and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William Cronon has been presented with The Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award — the organization’s highest civilian honor — for his contributions to the protection of America’s wild places. The award, named for wilderness visionary Robert Marshall, is given to a private citizen who has made […]
Congratulations to the following faculty for their recent awards and promotions! Erika Marín-Spiotta received a 5-year, $425,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Land Use and Environmental Controls on Soil Carbon in Human-Dominated Tropical Landscapes. The award was co-funded by several NSF programs across two divisions (Social and Behavioral Sciences […]
Bill Cronon’s “American Environmental History” has been described as “life-altering” by many students who have taken the popular course. Watch this powerful video of last semester’s final lecture for Bill’s parting message to his students.