Teaching Indigenous land dispossession in Wisconsin and beyond
Thanks to new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an interdisciplinary group of UW–Madison faculty, staff and graduate students will be able to help teach the history of land taken from tribal nations to benefit land-grant universities.
Despite commitments, Brazil’s beef sector tainted by purchases from protected lands in Amazon basin
Despite improvements by meatpackers to keep their supply chains free of cattle grazed on protected or illegally deforested lands, many slaughterhouses in Brazil — the world's top beef exporter — continue to purchase illegally pastured animals on a large scale, a new study shows.
UW–Madison mourns influential, beloved geography professor Yi-Fu Tuan
Yi-Fu Tuan, a towering intellectual figure and University of Wisconsin–Madison professor emeritus of geography died Aug. 10 at UW Hospital in Madison at age 91. Tuan was a prolific writer and deep thinker who was known as the father of humanistic geography.
Ancient example of modern global warming was too hot for tiny, important ocean creatures
During another time in which Earth warmed rapidly in conjunction with a spike in atmospheric carbon similar to our modern climate, seawater temperature and chemical changes decimated an important piece of the food web in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
40-year map project, History of Cartography, draws to a close
The series brings together cutting-edge research and a colorful collection of stories and histories told through maps. It has drawn international attention to the history of maps and mapping.
Modeling COVID-19 infection based on movement can improve public health response
The research team — which includes geographers, mathematicians, an epidemiologist and communications experts — used the model to examine decisions to ease restrictions as the pandemic seemed to wane in mid-2020.
UW researchers investigate mining-related deforestation in the Amazon
While these mining operations are often called “artisanal” or “small-scale,” in aggregate they are very destructive.
Earth’s vegetation is changing faster today than it has over the last 18,000 years
The research suggests that humanity’s dominant influence on ecosystems that is so visible today has its origin in the earliest civilizations and the rise of agriculture, deforestation and other ways our species has influenced the landscape.
UW-Madison geographer recognized for work to diversify geoscience
Erika Marín-Spiotta has worked to enact meaningful policies against sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination, and to take meaningful steps to make the geosciences more diverse.
PhD candidate Xiao wins fellowship for work in Lagos
Allen Xiao spent 15 months in Lagos, Nigeria, collecting more than 100 life stories, and then conducting follow-up interviews and even visiting their hometowns and going to social events with his subjects.
UW–Madison researchers tracking travel, social media to help contain virus
New data shows that Wisconsinites traveled more during Tuesday’s election than they did on the days leading up to the statewide vote, according to University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers who are tracking the mobility of Americans increasingly urged to stay still.
Complex local conditions keep fields of dunes from going active all at once
New research on dunes in China describes how even neighboring dunes can long remain in different and seemingly conflicting states — confounding the assessment of stabilization efforts and masking the effects of climate change.
View from on high: UW–Madison houses Wisconsin aerial photos
Geography Department's many aerial photos vividly show Wisconsin's changing landscape since 1937.
Hmong PhD reflects on research, family pride
Pao Vue became one of the first Hmong Americans to receive a PhD when he got his doctorate degree in geography at UW–Madison in spring 2018.
Vacant, but not empty: Student explores use of abandoned properties
Vacant buildings are often seen as remnants of the housing crisis or industries in decline, but graduate student Elsa Noterman says these properties are often put to constructive use.
‘Driftless’ reading echoes Wisconsin’s past, present, future
The geography and culture of Wisconsin’s Driftless area were celebrated through the words of writers known and unknown, in a theater named for a writer who dedicated his life to encouraging homegrown artistic and literary talent.