Media Coverage

February 12, 2015

The Nature Conservancy features collaboration with Landcape Conservation Lab

The Nature Conservancy described the vital role of the Forest Scenarios project in modeling the future of northern Great Lakes forests to inform today's conservation activities. Read the story here.

February 9, 2015

Poyang Lake Landscapes project highlighted by Shanghai Seminar grants

UW-Madison's Shanghai Seminar grant program profiled Janet and Ben's Poyang Lake Landscapes project. This program provided valuable support that enabled international travel to foster collaboration and collect key data. Read more here.

February 12, 2014

Student film made by Ming Hua

This is a student film from a course called "From Ecotopia to Ecopocalypse: Telling Digital Stories About the Environment" taught by Alex Rivera in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More.

September 17, 2013

Sarah Wilkins Earns Knauss Fellowship

Geographic and intellectual journeys lead Sarah Wilkins to Knauss Fellowship. More.

Grads in Kickapoo

Dr. Janet Silbernagel
Professor and Program Director - Environmental Conservation Professional Masters
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

If you are interested in contributing to this area of scholarship, please inquire with a resume and brief statement of interest to me at:, or via LinkedIn:

Janet Silbernagel standing by rocks at Devil's Lake park

Grads canoeing at Kemp Research Station

Welcome to our graduate research group!

We are interested in the environmental conservation of landscapes and regions in a changing global environment. We combine geospatial analyses, modeling, and scenario approaches to inform innovative conservation strategies and design. We explore human-nature dynamics, undertaking work in climate adaptation, ecosystem services, spatial literacy and geo-design. Special areas of conservation interest include:

  • Great Lakes forest landscape scenarios
  • Place-based learning and stewardship in coastal communities
  • International crane conservation (Grus spp) in Wisconsin and China
  • Climate adaptation strategies in India
  • Bioregional systems & ecosystem services (e.g.: food security, community food production, pollination services, wild rice (Zia spp), maple sugaring)
  • Leopold-Riley cooperative conservation area in Wisconsin