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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 […]

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 […]

Gibbs awarded third SIRE grant

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 […]

Environmental historian William Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor

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 […]

Spring 2014 Faculty Awards

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 […]

VIDEO: Cronon brings bird’s-eye view down to Earth

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.

Baird and Schneider awarded NASA grant for Southeast Asia land-change science project

Prof. Ian Baird (Geography), Prof. Annemarie Schneider (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) and other collaborators have received a $750,000 grant award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for their project, Forest, agricultural, and urban transitions in Mainland Southeast Asia: Synthesizing knowledge and developing theory.

Baird awarded fellowship

Prof. Ian Baird has been awarded a one-semester “Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity (REI) Fellowship” at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison for the Spring 2015 semester. Ian will attend a weekly seminar next fall organized by fellows at the Institute and relieved of teaching and other duties in the following spring to allow […]

Meet new faculty member Qunying Huang

by Mary Ellen Gabriel, Letters & Science News Qunying Huang studies spatial high-performance cloud computing — sometimes referred to as “cyber GIS.” This mash-up of mapping and technology aids scientists in new discoveries, invites public access to, and advances public knowledge of, geodynamics, plays a role in emergency response planning, and much, much more. The assistant professor […]

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