August 21, 2008
From logging to water skiing, rivers have always played a role in the Wisconsin's story. Now a new book by a University of Wisconsin–Madison staff member brings the state's rivers together in sharp detail.
August 12, 2008
Perhaps the only good news in the Aug. 4 announcement that emerald ash borers have been found in southeastern Wisconsin is that the invasive pest took its time getting here.
August 6, 2008
When wildfires raged through more than a million acres of a beloved national park, the destruction seemed complete. But a UW researcher looked closer — and found hope growing among the remains.
August 5, 2008
The Ecological Society of America will hold its 93rd annual meeting on Aug. 3-8, 2008, in Milwaukee, Wis. The society was founded in 1915 to promote the practice and awareness of ecological science. This year’s meeting will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of ecology and linking research with education. A wide range of UW–Madison research will be presented at the meeting.
July 29, 2008
George C. Becker's "Fishes of Wisconsin" is the first comprehensive survey of the state's fish species and the environmental challenges they face. Published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1983, it remains the seminal reference to 157 fish species found in Wisconsin, many which are also found throughout much of the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River basins.
July 3, 2008
An electric snowmobile built by student members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering Clean Snowmobile Team is now in Greenland, on loan to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the summer to support climate research projects at the Greenland Environmental Observatory (GEO Summit Camp).
May 29, 2008
Despite the strong established link between human behavior and environmental degradation, many people continue their daily activities,to pay little attention in daily life to ecological concerns, even when they are aware of how they might live more sustainably. A new, free, newsletter called "Environmental Communication and Social Marketing," created by faculty from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and UW Cooperative Extension, provides innovative, psychology-based strategies for promoting behaviors that positively impact the environment.
May 13, 2008
The mention of Eurasian water-milfoil and zebra mussels in Dominique Brossard's strategic communication class last February had students rolling their eyes and swapping puzzled looks. But after a semester of carefully tailoring multimedia campaigns to help a Wisconsin non-profit group get the word out about lake preservation, that initial bewilderment was replaced by an enthusiasm that could help keep state lakes free of invasive species.
May 13, 2008
Brandon Gador, a business student majoring in marketing, didn't like the prospect of graduating into a stuffy desk job. So, when the opportunity to enroll in Professor Phil Kim's courses in entrepreneurship and venture creation arose, he jumped at the chance, and throughout the process, developed a feasible idea for a business with a UW–Madison peer.
May 13, 2008
In the process of applying for grants to conduct his own environmental research, Craig Kohn was asked to take the lead on implementing an environmental education program through the Wisconsin Future Farmers of America (FFA) Association. Unenthusiastic at first, Kohn soon discovered his passion for education.
April 22, 2008
An energy-saving campaign launched at the University of Wisconsin–Madison two years ago has identified annual energy savings of $3.7 million and reductions of carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 28,000 tons a year.
April 21, 2008
Earth Day is celebrated once a year, but University of Wisconsin–Madison civil and environmental engineering students are working to create plans that offer sustainable benefits for years to come.
April 8, 2008
The project to digitize the University of Wisconsin–Madison Archives' complete collection of materials from conservationist Aldo Leopold has made its first installment of online materials available to the public.
April 7, 2008
In terms of entertaining courtship rituals, few animals can hold a candle to Tympanuchus cupido -- the drummer of love, commonly known as the greater prairie chicken.
March 26, 2008
Ecologist and MacArthur Fellow Lisa Curran will discuss the use of biofuels in Borneo, a large island in southeast Asia, in a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in 180 Science Hall.
March 11, 2008
The pending federal decision about whether to protect the polar bear as a threatened species is as much about climate science as it is about climate change.
March 10, 2008
The rush in the United States to produce corn-based ethanol as an alternative fuel will likely worsen pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and expand the annual "dead zone" that kills fish and other aquatic life, according to new research.
February 27, 2008
Larry Eisenberg was in the middle of a remodeling and expansion project, and he needed some new carpeting - $85 million worth of it, in fact.
February 27, 2008
To celebrate the Aldo Leopold legacy, people are invited to the Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, for “Madison Reads Leopold,” part of Aldo Leopold Weekend. Leopold Weekend is a statewide event that honors Leopold’s contributions to our understanding of the environment.
February 21, 2008
Working with University of Wisconsin–Madison engineering and business school faculty and students, a Wisconsin entrepreneur has perfected a fiber-reinforced fishing lure that may prevent millions of pounds of toxic plastics from polluting waters nationwide.