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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

by Kelly April Tyrrell, UW Communications Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the […]

As the river rises: Cahokia’s emergence and decline linked to Mississippi River flooding

by Kelly Tyrell, UW Communications As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has something to do with it. At Cahokia, the largest prehistoric settlement in the Americas north of Mexico, new evidence suggests that major flood events in the Mississippi River valley are tied to […]

Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide

Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a recent study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.

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 […]

Day awarded NSF grant for disseration research

Geography PhD candidate Cathy Day has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation research. Day’s interests center around how climate change influences agricultural systems and how humans perceive and deal with climatic shifts within a complex social-economic context. For her master’s degree, she researched the vulnerabilities of farmer livelihoods to climate change in Niger’s […]

Two Ph.D. students receive Fulbright Fellowships for Southeast Asia research

Two UW-Madison Geography graduate students have received 2014-15 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program awards by the U.S. Department of Education. Both recipients are conducting research in Thailand under Dr. Ian Baird. Starting early next year, David Chambers will look at changing understandings of “good space” among some Hmong ethnic minority communities in northern Thailand. His […]

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