Media Coverage

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.

September 16, 2013

Podcast Series Deepens Familiarity with Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan's Changing Ecosystem Examined in New, Free Podcast Series. 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 sp.), maple sugaring)
  • Leopold-Riley cooperative conservation area in Wisconsin

Grads cooking at Kemp 2014