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Marín-Spiotta & Mason receive $776,800 National Science Foundation award

Professors Erika Marín-Spiotta and Joe Mason were awarded a $776,800 National Science Foundation award to study the potential for carbon in buried soils, or paleosols, to become a source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in response to changes in climate and landscape disturbance. The project builds upon work by former Nelson Institute PhD student Nina […]

County collecting and map perfecting: a glimpse into the mind of Professor Rob Roth

What is your postion at UW Madison? I am an Assistant Professor responsible for the cartography courses at UW and serve as the Faculty Director of the UW Cartography Lab. Maps Rock! In what ways is Geography the best discipline for your work? Geography is an integrative discipline, and allows me to explore societal and […]

UW recognizes Kris Olds’ support and leadership as an Education Innovation Senior Fellow

“As an expert on globalization of higher education and research, a passionate supporter and creator of Open Educational Resources (OERs), and one of the pioneer Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) instructors at UW-Madison, Professor Kris Olds is not only a notable leader in his fields of study, but in the realm of educational innovations.” In […]

Roth receives NSF CAREER award

Congrats to assistant professor Rob Roth who has received a prestigious NSF CAREER award. Rob’s CAREER project integrates research and teaching around the topics of interactive, online, and mobile map design, and directly serves the emerging profession of UI/UX design, for which cartographers and geographers are uniquely positioned to fill. The project culminates in an open […]

Naughton receives 2016 Education Innovation Grant

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 […]

Erika Marin-Spiotta receives Vilas Associate Award

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.

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 […]

Faculty awarded NSF grant to study transboundary hazardous waste trade

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 […]

Jim Burt to retire this August

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 […]

Study shows Brazil’s Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

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 […]

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