SAGE News Archive

Chris Kucharik's lab group research of "Madison's Urban Heat Island" is highlighted in local media. Their paper published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology was aimed at helping the Madison region plan for the future, to think about the impacts of the structures and local environments it creates. (UW-News, Wi State Journal, Channel 3, Fox 47, WPR-The Larry Meiller Show) (Oct 2014)





Jason Vargo, Assistant Scientist at SAGE, will present "Our Urban Nature" at the Independently organized TEDx UW-Madison event "Designing Change", Nov 1, Memorial Union Great Hall.





The Earth Science Women's Network, co-founded by Prof. Tracey Holloway, is now a non-profit organization made up of more than 2,000 women across the globe. Read the story in UW News (10/14/14)







Mutlu Ozdogan's work to update Wisconsin's Land Cover Map profiled on local news: New State map takes shape in Madison (9/5/14)





Jonathan Patz presented an article showing that actions on climate change bring better health at the "Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health" in New York Sept 23, 2014. Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak; Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO) director for public health and the environment; Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and many others will also participate in the event.The study includes SAGE professor Tracey Holloway along with other UW professors. (read UW news release) (Article; Other reviews:The Guardian) (Sept 2014)



Check out the UW Office of Sustainability's Climate Quest competition (4/21/14)




Annemarie Schneider
Professor Tracey Holloway was featured in a Nature article focusing on her recent work helping to found the Earth Science Women's Network in 2002, lead its effort to become a non-profit, and touches on "turning points" in her career since college. (4/9/14) 




Congratulations to Professor Mutlu Ozdogan on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! (4/3/14)







Carol Barford was a guest on the Larry Meiller Show (Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network), and discussed Wisconsin Farming and Bioenergy (3/26/14) (Listen)






Annemarie Schneider

NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, for which SAGE Faculty Tracey Holloway serves as a member and deputy leader, and SAGE Affiliate Brad Pierce serves as a member, featured in the February 2014 issue of EM Magazine, published by the Air & Waste Management Association





Annemarie Schneider

Annemarie Schneider & Carly Mertes' article published in Environmental Research Letters: Expansion and growth in Chinese cities, 1978--2010




Study by Chris Uejio and Jonathan Patz released on climate and water quality in central Wisconsin. Chris Uejio was a PhD student of Jonathan Patz.




Jonathan Patz met with the Prince of Wales (Dec 2013)





Annemarie SchneiderAnnemarie Schneider and collaborators received a NASA grant for their project "Forest, Agricultural, and Urban Transitions in Mainland Southeast Asia: Synthesizing Knowledge and Developing Theory". The project is designed to enhance the conceptual underpinnings of land change science by integrating aspects of land teleconnections, land use transitions, and political ecology to explicitly link land changes in SE Asia to local, national, and international drivers. The work will study transitions in forests, boom crops, and periurban areas using remote sensing imagery, socioeconomic data, focus group discussions and surveys designed to harness local knowledge. (11/13/13)


Jonathan Patz Chairs 20-Nation Joint Meeting on Climate Change in Ethiopia (Nov 2013)





Micah Hahn (SAGE Alum) was interviewed by the UW's WhyFiles about her work on a new viral disease carried by fruit bats in Bangladesh (Oct 2013)




Jason Vargo and Jonathan Patz wrote a critique on the new bike ban in Kolkata, India (24 Oct 2013)






Holly Gibbs Holly Gibbs was part of a BBC radio show on Oct. 22 where she spoke about tropical land use change and new market-based efforts to reduce deforestation, where she pointed to the success in Brazil. Holly 's part of the interview begins ~minute 11 of the podcast. NOTE: some technical problems early improve over time (Oct 22, 2013)




Jonathan Patz spoke at Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center about the dangers of air pollution, heat, and extreme weather due to climate change (Oct 2013). see news coverage




Chris Kucharik was selected by Sustain Dane as a "2013 Badger Bioneer – a local thinker and doer who is working toward sustainable change in the Madison region and beyond". (Oct 2013)






Tracey Holloway co-authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on the topic of interstate air pollution transport. Also a co-author, SAGE alum Scott Spak, now assistant professor at the University of Iowa. (9/11/13)







Holly Gibbs was recently awarded a grant from the Office of Sustainability, along with Cathy Middlecamp and Adrian Treves, for their work to integrate teaching with research on food sustainability.  Gibbs will use the grant to expand her People, Land, and Food (Geo / ES 309) and Consumer-Driven Sustainability (ES 600) courses to include service learning projects aiming to develop metrics of campus food sustainability.  



Jonathan Patz speaks about the health affects of climate change in a podcast from Montana Pubic Radio (4/14/13)







Congratulations to Professor Greg Nemet on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! (3/15/13)






How Wisconsin's climate is changing – Chris Kucharik talks about climate change and agriculture on Madison WKOW, Channel 27. (2/21/13)



In the spotlight: Rob Beattie helps students reach their full potential read the feature article on the Nelson Institute website (2/6/13)





Tracey Holloway named as Deputy Leader of the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team (AQAST).  NASA AQAST was created in 2011 by the NASA Applied Sciences Program to serve the needs of US air quality management through the use of Earth Science satellite data, suborbital data, and models. AQAST members have expertise in the wide array of Earth Science tools and data sets available from NASA and other agencies. 

AQAST member Tracey Holloway was appointed deputy leader in December 2012. She assumes specific responsibility for external relations with the public, air quality agencies, and NASA. Tracey has had training in public outreach and engagement as a 2011 Stanford University Leopold Leadership Fellow, media training at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, and outreach experience in her role as research center director at UW--Madison. In support of this work, Holloway will be working with recent UW-Madison journalism graduate Sarah Witman. If you are on Twitter, follow Prof. Holloway tweeting for NASA AQAST here.here. (Read article on Nelson Institute website)


Jonathan Patz provided the opening Keynote Lecture for the 2012 Bioneers Conference held in Madison, WI, on December 12. View the Powerpoint Presentation -- be sure to view a 2-minute accompanying video "The Buses of Bogotá" (listed on slide 18 of the powerpoint) (Dec 2012)



Greg Nemet featured in an article "The Kind of Energy Research I'd Like to See More Of" in The Atlantic








Holly Gibbs interviewed and quoted in Rueters news article "Amazon forest destruction slowing - Brazil". (Read the article)





In collaboration with the John Hopkins University (Dr. Ben Zaitchik) Dr. Mutlu Ozdogan received an NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) funding to work on Agroecosystem-based climate resilience in Ethiopian Highlands. This 5-year project will combine surveys, geospatial technologies, and climate science to understand how farmers can cope with changing environmental and climatic conditions in the highlands. (NSF



As a member of the USGS Powell Center Working Group on global croplands Dr. Mutlu Ozdogan received a NASA MEasures grant to map global cropped areas using remote sensing. This 5-year, 3.5 million dollar project will focus on major cultivated areas of the world using multi-resolution remote sensing products.
(USGS Press Release)




International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), the premier professional society for photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS, invited Dr. Mutlu Ozdogan to become the Co-Chair of the Working Group (WG) VIII/7 on "Land cover and its dynamics, including Agricultural & Urban Land Use".  This WG is a part of Commission VIII that focuses on RS Applications and Policies.




Tracey Holloway recognized as the 2012 geosciences undgergraduate research mentor by the Geosciences division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) The awardee is an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research. (Sept 2012)
Newswise; Podcast 11/6/12 Interview



Tracey Holloway and Jonathan Patz were interviewed by Radio Health Journal on a story about climate change, ozone, and health. (listen) Sept 2012





During "Rio+20" (the 20th anniversary of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development) the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) announce the release of "Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future," documenting linkages between the global environment, ecosystems and human health – and led by SAGE's Professor Jonathan Patz.  Now, just two months since Rio +20, the Pan American Health Organization/WHO and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity are holding the first regional meeting on Biodiversity and Health in Manaus, Brazil.  The workshop convenes experts from across ministries of health and environment to foster collaboration and cross sector approaches recognizing the interdependence between functioning ecosystems and healthy human populations.  Patz, who also directs the UW Global Health Institute,  co-led the concept paper steering this important workshop, participated in the workshop, and is actively engaged in moving the agenda forward for  the XI Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity next month in Hyderbad, India, as well as for the fourth Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health (EcoHealth 2012) next month in Kunming, China. (Sept 2012)




Tracey Holloway won a national award from MIT for Education and Mentorship in clean energy, as part of their Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative.The award will be presented at a symposium hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy in September. (August 2012)


Holly Gibbs was a guest on the WPR Larry Meiler call-in radio show (7/25/12) talking about land use change and biofuels with John Greenler of the GLBRC




Read Jake Munger's piece at mongabay.com "Wealthy consumption threatens species in developing countries"


(more on mongabay)

"Wisconsin Heat and Drought - SAGE Researchers featured on Wisconsin Public Radio impacts of recent weather conditions on agriculture (Prof. Kucharik on the Kathleen Dunn Show 7/10/12 and Prof. Holloway on WPR News 7/6/12)







Jonathan Patz quoted in Huffington Post article on the June/July 2012 heat wave.



Article to appear in Climatic Change by SAGE researchers Mutlu Ozdogan and Chris Kucharik, "Consequences of a regional nuclear conflict for crop production in the midwestern United States", shows that war-related climate change would substantially reduce crop yields.
Read UW press release


The Gibbs research group has formed a partnership with Mongabay.com to write science news articles. Read Tyler Lark's first contribution, "Climate change to favor trees over grasses in Africa".


(more on mongabay)



SAGE hosts a poster session at the 3rd annual meeting of the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team (AQAST). The NASA AQAST team advances research to support integration of Earth system science with air quality management needs, and includes SAGE Prof. Tracey Holloway and SAGE Affiliate Dr. Brad Pierce among the 19 principal investigators.


SAGE's Prof. Tracey Holloway and SAGE Affiliate Prof. Erika Marin-Spiotta host an international meeting for the Earth Science Women's Network, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Nelson Institute. The meeting provided professional training and tools for scientists to build networking skills and advancing scientific careers. (June 4-6, 2012)



SAGE is involved in the "Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge," a program that encourages people to bicycle for transportation and recreation by logging cycling miles. From May 1st to August 31st, SAGE students, faculty, and staff will be recording their cycling miles for commuting, running errands, or riding recreationally while competing against other teams around the state of Wisconsin and the country. (May 2012)


Congratulations to Holly Gibbs as part of a successful grant effort to the National Academies of Science Keck Futures Initiative Awards, "Assessing the sustainability of agricultural commodity chains: Contrasting ecosystem service impacts of small-scale agriculture and large-scale agribusiness" (May 2012). (news release)




2012 GSSP Winners! Congratulations to Grand Prize Winners ($15K each): C Machine, PureWater Trike, and Waste 2 Energy. The Healthy Places Prize ($5k from UW-Office of Sustainability and UW-Global Health Institute) was awarded to Weego (4/16/12).



2012 GSSP Finalists Announced! Congratulations to the 8 finalists: C Machine, The Madison Canopy Project, ManuPrint, Pilot Irrigation System and Community Development in Southwestern Kenya, PureWater Trike, Waste 2 Energy, Weego, and WInstruments. Winners will be announced at the Nelson Earth Day Conference on Monday, April 16. (4/11/12)



WHIPS (the Wisconsin Horizontal Interpolation Program for Satellites) is an open-source program designed to make satellite-derived air quality data more usable.  WHIPS interpolates level 2 satellite retrievals onto a user-defined fixed grid, in effect creating custom-gridded level 3 satellite product. WHIPS was developed by Jacob Oberman, Erica Scotty, Keith Maki and Tracey Holloway, with funding from the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team (AQAST) and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Award. (March 2012) 



SAGE hosts NASA Air Quality workshop, March 12-15. The NASA Applied Remote Sensing Education and Training (ARSET) program in conjunction with the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO) is providing a workshop based at SAGE on utilization of NASA resources in support of environmental management activities. Prof. Holloway and SAGE Affiliate Dr. Brad Pierce (NOAA) are both members of the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team, and will be contributing to the training,  along with SAGE students Jacob Oberman, Erica Scotty, and Keith Maki. Attendees include air quality managers from a wide range of U.S. states and Canada, as well as interested SAGE students and post-docs. For details on the workshop go to http://airquality.gsfc.nasa.gov. (March 2012)


Jonathan Patz Featured in the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment's Momentum Web Exlusives: What would it take to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals? (March 2012)





Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative researcher and SAGE staff member Gary Radloff is a co-author along with Amanda Bilek, Steve Plachinski, Aleia McCord and Jeffrey A. Starke in the December 2011 issue of BioCycle magazine with their article titled "German Biogas Experience and Lessons for Wisconsin." This work stems from research done in conjunction with the Nelson Institute CHANGE IGERT Capstone class.

Gary Radloff along with WBI faculty Troy Runge and Xiaodong (Sheldon) Du have been asked to present at the 2012 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Denver this April 2012 on their work "Coupling Biomass Quality and Quantity to Create a Statewide Energy Plan."

Gary Radloff has been asked to present at the 2012 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Denver, April 2012, on his work "The Biogas Opportunity: Lessons from Germany."


Mutlu Ozdogan's research on mapping forest harvesting in the upper Midwest was featured in UW News. "Satellite technology enables rapid, accurate mapping of forest harvest in upper Midwest"




The first bi-monthly newsletter from the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team, feature science and outreach updates from Tracey Holloway and students, is now posted at
http://wiki.seas.harvard.edu/geos-chem/index.php/AQAST_newsletter_November_2011 
For lighter fare, Holloway also contributed to a series of videos on scientific jobs, challenges (even jokes!) at http://www.youtube.com/user/2011ALLP  





Jonathan Patz meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, while participating in Webcasts: Mind and Life XXIII - Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence




Photo by Betty Jones, Mind and Life Institute - click for larger view

Press Coverage: Nelson Institute News, WI State JournalThe five-day meeting is designed as a dialogue between contemplative scholars, activists and ecological scientists to discuss the interconnection between individual choices and environmental consequences, Oct 27-21, 2011.


SAGE is excited to launch the 2012 edition of our innovation competition. Over the past three years, the Climate Leadership Challenge (CLC) has grown and changed, and this year our one-of-a-kind initiative is infused with a broader vision of sustainability. All along, the competition - funded with generous support from the Global Stewards Society - has endeavored to engage students from across the University of Wisconsin-Madision in a solutions-oriented perspective on sustainability. This "v. 2.0" of the competition aims to engage more students, strengthen the culture of environmental problem-solving, and generate even more world-changing ideas! With these goals in mind the competition has been renamed as the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize (GSSP)! (Sept 2011)

Tracey Holloway and Micah Hahn quoted in the Nelson Institute' s Insight article about the gender gap women continue to face when working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.


Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan's work highlighted by UW News. The study investigated the impacts of irrigation on raising agricultural productivity globally and what this rise means for global carbon update by agricultural lands




SAGE researchers were featured in the "Wednesday Night @ the Lab" public lecture series throughout the month of July, 2011.
The lectures were recorded and are available here – scroll to bottom and click either "Recorded Lectures - Sorted by Date or "Recored Lectures - Sorted by Title"

July 6 - Tracey Holloway "Designing Strategies for Cleaner Air"
July 13 - Carol Barford and Gary Radloff "Sustainable Bioenergy in Wisconsin: How Could It Work?"
July 20 - Greg Nemet "Climate Policies and Solutions"
July 27 - Mutlu Ozdogan "Recent Changes in Wisconsin's Forests as Seen by Satellites"


David Zaks' biogas work published in Chem. & Engineering News & Environ. Sci. Technol.
Manure Could Provide U.S. Power, Chemical & Engineering News, 7/21/11
Taxing greenhouse gas emissions would allow manure to compete economically with fossil fuels and to produce 5.5% of U.S. electricity needs by 2050, according to a new analysis (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es104227y).
Today, a tiny fraction of the manure from the nation's 2.2 million cattle, pigs, and chickens is fed into power plants called anaerobic digesters. Bacteria in the digesters break down the waste to produce methane, which the plants burn to generate electricity. There are about 150 anaerobic digesters in the U.S., which produce power at about double the average cost of energy from fossil fuels.
David P.M. Zaks of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his colleagues wanted to know whether power from anaerobic digesters became more economically viable under different energy policies. Using data from anaerobic digesters such as their capital costs, costs of hauling manure to the plants, and their emissions savings, the researchers employed the MIT Emissions Prediction and Policy Analysis model, a well-known computer simulation of the world economy.
They found that a climate policy similar to the so-called "cap and trade" one that Congress considered but failed to pass, says Zaks, would have made power from anaerobic digesters profitable in replacing 5.5% of the country's energy needs. In the policy, a nationwide limit on emissions would make energy from fossil fuels progressively more expensive, peaking in 2050 at $316 per ton of carbon dioxide.
In addition to replacing fossil fuels, the digesters would provide the benefit of reducing methane release from manure, Zaks says. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the methane from livestock manure currently makes up 0.8% of the country's greenhouse gases. If digesters produced 5.5% of U.S. electricity, the researchers found, they would also reduce emissions from livestock by the equivalent of 151 million metric tons of CO2.

Study by Jill Baumgartner and Prof. Jonathan Patz reveals link between indoor air pollution and cardiovascular risk (read the UW News story) (July 2011)


Dr. Carol Barford is serving as interim director of SAGE for 2011-12 while Tracey Holloway is on sabbatical





SAGE researchers featured in 'Wednesday Night @ the Lab' public lecture series throughout the month of July, 2011. Room 1111, The Auditorium; 425 Henry Mall; UW-Madison Campus., 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Talks are also webcast live and archived at www.biotech.wisc.edu/webcams/Index.aspx
Schedule:
July 6 - Tracey Holloway "Designing Strategies for Cleaner Air" (see video - and click "Sort by Date" at the bottom of the screen)
July 13 - Carol Barford and Gary Radloff "Sustainable Bioenergy in Wisconsin: How Could It Work?"
July 20 - Greg Nemet "Climate Policies and Solutions"
July 27 - Mutlu Ozdogan "Land Use Change"
(info on all dates/speakers/titles available here)


SAGE Affiliate Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta will spend July 10-26th, 2011, conducting fieldwork on the effects of post-agricultural succession on soil microbial communities and their role in sequestering carbon. She will work in St Croix, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico – read more about Prof. Marín-Spiotta's work (July 2011)



Prof. Jonathan Patz to lead campuswide global-health effort created by the merger of the university's Center for Global Health and the Global Health Initiative (UW-News)




Prof. Annemarie Schneider's work highlighted on UW Madison News and Home page: Human impacts of rising oceans will extend well beyond coasts (May 31, 2011). Press Coverage: feature story by Discovery




New research from SAGE researchers Tracey Holloway and Greg Nemet, working with former UW-Madison undergraduate D.J. Rasmussen, receives coverage on environmentalresearchweb.
May 2011




Congratulations to Professor Chris Kucharik on his tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. May 2011





Congratulations to SAGE Affiliate Professor Ankur Desai on his tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences May 2011






Dr. Carol Barford will serve as interim director SAGE in 2011-12 while Tracey Holloway is on sabbatical leave.






Congratulations to UW-Madison undergraduates Joseph Keuler, Matthew Kirk, Patrick Kirk, and David Osmalov!! These four students won the $50,000 Grand Prize in the 2011 CLC for their proposal entitled: The Cellulose Digesting Biogas Plants for Hydrogen Production Project (CDBP). CDBP proposes an innovative new way to build a network of hydrogen biogas plants. The students hail from Business, Computer Engineering, Philosophy, and Chemistry -- a great example of the power of interdisciplinary problem-solving! In addition to the $50,000 cash prize donated by the Global Stewards Society in support of the CLC, the team has won a free 12-month lease at the UW Research Park MetroInnovation Center, and a free 3-month membership to Sector67, a community innovation space founded by 2009 CLC Winner Chris Meyer. 
Read the Press Release! and Press Coverage: Capital Times; Badger Herald; UW-Madison News
(4/20/11)


Gary Radloff, researchers, business leaders, policymakers and industry experts release strategic plan "The Biogas Opportunity in Wisconsin" (3/29/11) (read the press release)

Also available, "Got Gas? An Analaysis of Wisconsi's Biogas Opportunity" a report by CHANGE Program students at UW-Madison




SAGE Affiliate Paul Meier (Director of UW Energy Institute) quoted in Washington Post on the alternatives to nuclear energy




SAGE Affiliate Molly Jahn a newly created Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, a group of international experts on agriculture, climate, food, economics and natural resources. The Commission will identify what policy changes and actions are needed now to help the world achieve sustainable agriculture that contributes to food security and poverty reduction, and helps respond to climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. (3/15/11) CALS News




Prof. Tracey Holloway awarded Leopold Leadership Fellowship, along with two other UW-Madison honorees. (2/28/11) UW Madison News





Prof. Tracey Holloway appointed to new NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team, working to connect satellite data with energy and air pollution analysis (2/24/11) UW News




SAGE students Claus Moberg, Jami Morton, and Matt Leudke, 2010 CLC SnowShoeFood winners partner with local business to launch iPhone App (2/23/11)
(UW-Madison News; InBusiness, Nature-Climate Change)




Prof. Molly Jahn, Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Genetics and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences, is now a SAGE Affiliate (Jan 2011)





(Jan 2011)


SAGE Prof. Chris Kucharik was a guest on the Larry Meiller show of Wisconsin Public Radio, discussing climate change and bioenenergy. download the mp3 file (17.9 MB)






SAGE Prof. Chris Kucharik's work is featured on Wisconsin Public Television Video: Warmer Wisconsin - Researchers try to determine what effects climate change could have on the state (Jan 2011)






SAGE Prof. Chris Kucharik and team awarded a 5-year, nearly $5 million NSF grant to study the complex links between the water system and factors such as land use, climate change, human activities, development and ecosystems Read the UW News Press Release (Jan 2011)





Added for Spring 2011 - ES 250 Introduction to Sustainability Science, Prof. Tracey Holloway



SAGE/WBI policy analysis Gary Radloff quoted in the New York Times on the benefits of biogas and relevance to U.S. energy





Rachel Licker's Fall 2010 research trip and blog From the Ground Up: Exploring Global Breadbaskets was featured in the UW-Madison CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia) newsletter




SAGE Director Tracey Holloway appointed to the Advisory Board of the environmental information and education website OurEarth.org. Click here to vote for OurEarth.org to receive $25K from the Pepsi Refresh Project.






Paul WestExpanding croplands chipping away at world’s carbon stocks – Dr. Paul West's work highlighted by UW News
Press Coverage: New Scientist, WI State Journal, Journal Sentinel



CLC logoView a micro-documentary of the 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge, featuring the finalists and winning teams.


The 2010 CLC winners were also featured in the fall 2010 issue of the Nelson Institute's alumni magazine, In Common (read the article)

CLC logo2011 CLC Winners will have an option for a free 12-month lease at the UWRP Metro Innovation Center





SAGE Director Tracey Holloway explains the benefits of solar energy for Wisconsin in a new public outreach video:





Claus MobergSAGE Ph.D. student Claus Moberg and the Climate Leadership Challenge get great coverage by the Daily Cardinal in video reporting from the Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit; WBI Policy Director Gary Radloff and M.S. student Steve Plachinski also spoke from SAGE (more)

Erica BickfordErica Bickford to serve on a panel at Milwaukee Area Technical College for their Forward Wisconsin 3.0: Reducing Diesel Emissions for the Long Haul conference, covering multimodal transportation (Oct 2010)





Claus MobergClaus Moberg
•Named one of eight Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Student Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors are tasked by WARF with promoting technology transfer and entrepreneurialism across campus.
•Will be one of three speakers in a round table discussion entitled "Moving Campuses Beyond Coal" at the annual meeting of the Association for he Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education on October 11th in Denver, CO.
•Invited to deliver the opening remarks of the Student Roundtable Discussion at the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative's Bioenergy Summit, October 14th in Madison, WI.
(Oct 2010)


SAGE Affiliate Ankur Desai (also in AOS and CCR) has had an active and accomplished 2010 so far!
•Received the 2010 UW Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Graduate Student Association Teaching Award
•Member of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Climate Change Science Roundtable (June 2010
•Member of North American Carbon Program (NACP); and the Science Steering Group (SSG), 2010-2013.
•Committee chair, American Meteorology Society (AMS), Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), 2010-2013
•Chair, Advisory working group, Fundamental Instrument Unit (FIU), National Ecological Observatory Networok, Inc., 2009
•University of Wisconsin Communications, 5-Minute Lecture: "Why does climate care about parts per million?", iTunes U, Apr. 17, 2010 (invited)

CLC logo$50,000 Grand Prize for UW-Madison Students in 2011 SAGE Climate Leadership Challenge
(Sept 2010)

UW News


SAGE Director Tracey Holloway has been selected to participate in UW Chancellor Biddy Martin's Meeting of the Minds Panel, Sept 29, in New York City. Four distinguished University of Wisconsin faculty members will travel to New York to discuss the intersection of media, the economy, politics, and the environment – and the ethical considerations across these current issues. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chancellor Biddy Martin. Other participants include: Prof. Barry Burden, Political Science; Prof. Joel Rogers, Law, Political Science and Sociology; and Prof. Stephen J.A. Ward, Journalism Ethics
(WI Alumni Association) (Sept 2010)

Steve PlachinksiAleia McCordMissy MotewVijay LimayeMarc MayesThe 2009-2010 cohort of the Nelson Institute's graduate Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE) has begun work on two exciting capstone projects for outside clients. SAGE students Steve Plachinski and Aleia McCord are part of a team of five students working with the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative to explore the feasibility of expanded biogas production in Wisconsin. They traveled to Germany to examine German biogas and renewable energy strategies and policies to determine if similar plans might be viable options for Wisconsin. A four-student team including SAGErs Missy Motew, Vijay Limaye, and Marc Mayes are working with the Pan American Health Organization to better understand health impacts of oil exploration in the Amazon basin. SAGE provides administrative and faculty support for the CHANGE program. (Sept 2010)

Follow Rachel Licker's blog From the Ground Up: Exploring Global Breadbaskets on her research trip to Russia and France where she will be collecting information on the winter wheat cropping systems of the Southern Federal District (Russia) and Picardie (France) - two of the most important wheat growing regions in the world. (Sept 2010)


Holly Gibbs (joining SAGE in 2011) research featured in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Most new farmland comes from cutting tropical forest (Stanford Press Release)
Abstract of Gibbs' paper, with links to full paper (doi: 10.1073/pnas.0910275107 (Sept 2010)


Two SAGE researchers win transportation research awards. Tracey Holloway will be leading a study to assess "Freight from Space," using satellite-detected NO2 from the NASA OMI instrument to quantify truck, rail, and automobile emissions on highways and railroads across the U.S. SAGE Affiliate and Energy Institute Director Paul Meier leads and assessment of the potential benefits of natural gas in the freight sector vs. the electricity sector, in collaboration with Holloway. SAGE students Erica Bickford and Matt Luedke will be supported on these new initiatives, funded by the Center for Freight Infrastructure, Research, and Education (CFIRE) (August 2010)

Professor Greg Nemet receives new NSF award, "Choosing a Portfolio of Technology Policies in an Uncertain World" in collaboration with a colleague from U Massachusetts. Abstract and details, LaFollette article, UW Press Release




Greg Nemet will be a Visiting Scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Spring 2011 semester.





Professor Greg Nemet received the Campbell Watkins Award from the International Association for Energy Economics for the Best Paper published in "The Energy Journal" in 2009. (G.F. Nemet and E. Baker (2009). Demand Subsidies Versus R&D: Comparing the Uncertain Impacts of Policy on a Pre-commercial Low-carbon Energy Technology, The Energy Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4.



Micah Hahn is the Student Representative to the International Association for Ecology and Health (EcoHealth), and just helped plan the biennial conference in London. (Aug 2010)





Dr. Sarah Olson awarded the UW Rankin/Skatrud Travel Stipend Award to present an oral presentation, "Deforestation links to malaria in the Amazon," at the EcoHealth 2010 in London, England, 18-20 August
AAAS podcast
VOA podcast
Reuters press release
Scientific American podcast


Carol BarfordDr. Carol Barford has just been appointed as a Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Barford will be based at Cambridge, where she'll continue her SAGE research on sustainable biofuels and agriculture, and advance international partnerships on sustainable land use and energy (7/19/10)
Wolfson College Cambridge


Annemarie Schneider Chris Kucharik

Professors Annemarie Schneider and Chris Kucharik and CES professor Katherine Curtis received NSF funding for their proposal "Projecting future demographic trends for populations vulnerable to climate variability and land use change in the Yahara watershed". This work builds off recent research by Curtis and Schneider linking population and climate change projections for communities at risk for sea level rise. The new project will begin this fall with incoming CHANGE IGERT graduate student Kate Anderson. (7/13/10)


Mutlu OzdognProfessor Mutlu Ozdogan continues his international outreach efforts teaching a training workshop on remote sensing and geospatial technologies in Valmiera, Latvia (August 21-22, 2010). The workshop is being held jointly with the Land Cover-Land Use Change Program's Meeting, Monitoring land cover and land use in boreal and temperate natural biomes, in Tartu, Estonia. (LCLUC Program' website) (7/13/10)



Professor Chris Kucharik was interviewd by Darrell Anderson of The Successful Farming Radio Magazine. May 2010

Listen to the discussions:
Climate Change and Crop Development
Climate Change and Crop Yields


Carmela DiosanaCarmela Diosana was quoted in a Badger Herald article about the Nelson Institute's Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) (4/30/10).





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Winners of the SAGE Climate Leadership Challenge are in the news!
Madison Channel 3 news profiled the "Microformer" team (4/27/10); WORT Radio - Madison interviewed Claus Moberg from the "Snowshoe" team (4/28/10); and CLC representatives celebrate entrepreneurship in Wisconsin with UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin (4/29/10).

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CLC logoGovernor Doyle and best-selling author Margaret Atwood attended the Earth Day CLC Awards Presentation. Margaret Atwood blogged about the event.






CLC logoCongratulations to the 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge Winners!
Grand Prize: Most Action-Ready Solution
: The Microformer
Most Action-Ready Solution Runner-Up: The Jatropha Stove Project
Most Innovative Technical Solution: CORE Concept
Most Innovative Non-Technical Solution: SnowShoe
Read more on the CLC webpage


Dr. Jonathan PatzListen to a talk by Dr. Jonathan Patz, presented Feb 2010 as part of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Climate Briefing Series "Climate Change and Human Health". Listen to the entire series.




Mutlu OzdoganCongratulations to Professor Mutlu Ozdogan, who was recently interviewed for CALS' Grow Magazine for his work with former SAGE graduate student Nic Jelinski. Their research monitors the revival of agriculture in the Middle East after years of war and political unrest. Read the full article: Rebuilding Iraq's Farms from Ground and Sky





Gary RadloffThe National Academy of Science will officially release the final report, "Expanding Biofuel Production: Sustainability and the Transition to Advanced Biofuels: Summary of a Workshop" (2010). Tracey Holloway and Gary Radloff served on the workshop planning committee and SAGE faculty Chris Kucharik and Greg Nemet made presentations at the workshop in Madison in June 2009. A follow-up session will be held, April 8th, 2010, in St. Paul, MN where Jonathan Patz and Gary Radloff are on panel sessions.



Mutlu OzdoganProfessor Mutlu Ozdogan was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP). With his collaborators at IAP, Ozdogan is working to understand interactions between the atmosphere and land surface by investigating the impact of land use changes on boundary layer processes in Monsoon Asia.



Annemarie SchneiderProfessor Annemarie Schneider has released the new Global Map of Urban Extent based on MODIS 500-m satellite data. Schneider's work was highlighted at the 2009 (AGU) fall meeting in an invited presentation, as well as in a UW press release. The data are freely available in a range of formats and projections.



Maggie GrabowMicah HahnMelissa WhitedCHANGE students Maggie Grabow, Micah Hahn, and Melissa Whited worked on a study for Representative Spencer Black as part of their CHANGE Capstone Experience. Their report examining the economic and health benefits of bicycling to the state of Wisconsin is available for download here. (Read the Press Release; WI State Journal; The Wheeler Report)


Jonathan PatzJonathan Patz was interviewed by Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock where he discussed the impact of climate change on public health issues. Listen to the interview.




CLC logoJudges named for 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge.
Ten high-profile business people, government officials, educators, and activists will choose the winners this spring in the second Climate Leadership Challenge at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Led by Tracey Holloway, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at UW-Madison, the panel of judges includes:
• Lynn Hobbie, senior vice president, Madison Gas & Electric Company
• Judy Ziewacz, executive director, Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
• Susan Stratton, executive director, Energy Center of Wisconsin
• Linda Bochert, partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
• Kathe Crowley Conn, president and executive director, Aldo Leopold Nature Center
• Peter Taglia, staff scientist, Clean Wisconsin
• Gregg Mitman, interim director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
• Dan Anderson, professor, Wisconsin School of Business and Nelson Institute
• Greg Nemet, assistant professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs and Nelson Institute
(read the entire Nelson Institute Press Release) (visit the CLC web page)


ERL logoSAGE research team, lead by Prof. Greg Nemet, identifies cost savings from coordinating policies for climate change and clean air (Jan 22, 2009). Today Environmental Research Letters published a new study by Nemet, Tracey Holloway, and Paul Meier, finding an average cost savings of $50 savings per ton CO2 avoided by including the benefits on health-damaging air pollution. (ERL Press Release; press coverage: Badger Herald) (Article).


ERL logoDavid Zaks' recent ERL article was featured  on the site Environmental Research Web in a new section  "Insights" that gives authors the opportunity to highlight their work in their own words. read it here: Jan 15, 2010 Insight: consumers should share responsibility for emissions from deforestation


Gary RadloffGary Radloff
was quoted in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education, in the newspaper's cover story (2/10/10) on university power plants' transitioning from coal to biomass. The conversion UW-Madison's Charter Street plant presents challenges and opportunities for sustainable biomass supply chain development, and Gary brings expertise to bear on the policy dimensions associated with bioenergy advances on the university, state, and national levels.


New SAGE Affiliates.
We are excited to announce a new SAGE Affiliates Program. Five faculty and scientists were appointed for two-year terms as SAGE Affiliates, reflecting significant current and future engagement with SAGE research, teaching, and outreach activities. With this new program, the Center recognizes UW-Madison researchers who are an integral part of our intellectual community: leading SAGE research projects, advising SAGE students, and participating in a range of major collaborative endeavors. We are honored to welcome Prof. Ankur Desai (AOS), Prof. Tony Goldberg (Veterinary Medicine & Population Health Sciences), Prof. Erika Marin-Spiotta (Geography), Prof. Nancy Mathews (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), and Dr. Paul Meier (UW Energy Institute) in our first cohort of the new Affiliates program. UW-Madison faculty and scientists interested in becoming Affiliates of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment are invited to email Prof. Tracey Holloway with a description of current or planned activities that will contribute significantly to SAGE activities. Appointments are reviewed by the SAGE Investigator's Council, and subject to renewal after a two-year term.


bucky badgerTracey Holloway was featured in the "faculty spotlight" at the UW Badgers men's basketball game against Ohio State University on New Year's Eve Day. Not only did Wisconsin claim a 65-43 victory over OSU, but Holloway's research, teaching, and leadership as SAGE Director were highlighted to the packed Kohl Center. (Dec 2009)





PBS Newshour LogoAs Global Temperatures Rise, So Too Do Health Risks. Jonathan Patz appears in PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer (Dec 24, 2009). Watch the video.



ESWN logoTracey Holloway and a team of colleagues were awarded a $1 Million NSF grant to promote the advancement of women in the Earth sciences. Holloway, a co-founder and board member of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN), has been working to build the international career development network since 2002, and the NSF grant represents the latest success of ESWN, which has grown from 6 women to nearly 1000 in just a few years. Another ESWN co-founder, Meredith Hastings of Brown University, leads the NSF initiative as a collaborative effort between Brown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Colorado. (read the Brown University press release)


CHANGE IGERT CHANGE IGERT Certificate Program highlighted in Science online
as one of a few training programs focused on coupling environmental problems (including climate change) with human health and well-being. Read Climate Change Research Broadens to Meet New Challenges





Gary RadloffGary Radloff, Policy Director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI), has joined SAGE. Gary comes to WBI and SAGE from his position as Policy Director for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Welcome, Gary! (read the press realease)




Study Reveals Dynamic Wisconsin Climate, Past and Future. If the future scenarios being churned out by the world’s most sophisticated computer climate models are on the mark, big changes are in store for Wisconsin’s weather during the next century... Read the UW News Release. SAGE Professor Chris Kucharik is a part of this research team.
Press covereage: Channel 3000.com


Crop Calendar Dataset available. This dataset is the result of digitizing and georeferencing existing observations of crop planting and harvesting dates. Climate statistics were derived (e.g., the average temperature at which planting occurs in each region) by merging these crop calendar maps with monthly climatologies from CRU. view the Crop Calendar webpage.


Jonathan Patz
fieldwork team establishes strong correlation between malaria mosquitoes and Amazon deforestation.
Read the UW Press release
Read the Journal article "Linking Deforestation to Malaria in the Amazon: Characterization of the Breeding Habitat of the Principal Malaria Vector, Anopheles darlingi


SAGE PhD Student David Zaks coauthors Deutsche Bank agriculture white paper, "Investing in Ariculture: Far-Reaching Challenge, Significant Opportunity. An Asset Management Perspective, June 2009". Read the UW Press Release; DB Climate Change Advisors (download the report)
Press Coverage: New York Times; Mongabay.com; Journal-Sentinal Online


Chris Kucharik's work was profiled in the April 2009 Focus on Energy Newsletter, which also reports Carol Barford's new grant, awarded earlier in 2009


Jonathan Patz
gave the keynote address "Global Climate Change, Energy & Health: Foreboding Clouds & Silver Linings" at the 16th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine (May 12, 2009).

2009 Climate Leadership Challenge Winners!

Grand Prize $20,000: Cellulosic Biofuels - Using genetically engineered enzymes to increase the efficiency of biofuels (read the Badger Herald story announcing the winners)

Best State Solution $10,000: EcoStream - An environmentally friendly vending machine
Best National Solution $10,000: A Novel Method of Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Negative Power Production - A product that turns biomass into biochar and captures the created synthesis gas
Best International Solution $10,000: Solar Cycle - A product for developing nations that uses garbage to create a reflective material that is used in a solar cooking device and water purification system

The CLC competition was made possible through generous funding from the Global Stewards Society.

Hope For the PlanetProf. Tracey Holloway and Steve Vavrus, CCR, were interviewed for the April 16, 2009 Isthmus cover story, Hope for the Planet. "After years of sounding an alarm, some scientists are putting out a more optimistic message... We need to build greater emphasis on solutions, and the good news is, there are solutions all around us"... (read the article)


Jonathan PatzProf. Jonathan Patz
was profiled in UW Foundation's Spring 2009 Insights publication. (read the article)






Prof. Jonathan Patz awarded an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship.
This award recognizes Jonathan's exceptional contributions to the University of Wisconsin and beyond to the worldwide scientific community, of which he is so well regarded. This program, funded by WARF in recognition of the leadership of the late WARF Trustee President, H.I. Romnes, is intended to recognize and support faculty for the quality, significance, and productivity of the nominee's research, as well as the quality and programmatic value of the nominee's teaching and service. (Spring 2009)


Congratulations to Dr. Scott Spak! Scott has started a post-doc at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at the University of Iowa.


New Carbon Footprinting website launched. SAGE graduate student Anne Shudy Palmer has been working with MG&E and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin to develop a carbon footprinting web site that:
• is local to South Central Wisconsin
• lets you track your footprint over time
• automatically uploads your MGE energy data (if you want it to)
• facilitates sharing and collaboration
Visit CO2gether.org. Press coverage: The Capital Times
Download the Report: CO2gether: Creating a Local, Online, Climate Protection Tool and Community


Kucharik Carbon cycle trailSAGE helps in creation of Carbon Cycle and Habitat Diversity Trail at Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve. SAGE Professor Chris Kucharik helped dedicate a new nature trail at Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve, near Devil’s Lake State Park, in cooperation with Alliant Energy. Key participants at the dedication were Barbara Swan, company President of Wisconsin Power and Light, Kathy Lipp, Chief Environmental Officer for Alliant Energy, and Linda Lynch, Riverland Conservancy’s General Manager. Former SAGE and Nelson Institute graduate student Nic Jelinski (M.S. 2007) worked with staff at Riverland Conservancy to create educational signage to explain the diversity of habitats found on the preserve (including native prairie, oak savanna, wetland marshes, and a class 1 trout stream) and how they interact with the carbon cycle. The 1.8 mile Carbon Cycle and Habitat Diversity Trail was designed to be a self-guided tour of the landscape of the region, and to educate users on the connections between ecosystems and the carbon cycle across Wisconsin. This trail is one of three main trails that are found on the conservancy property near Merrimac. The trail is located at S6888 Highway 113 between Merrimac and Baraboo, and is about a 40-minute drive from the Madison area. (Oct 2008). (view photos; Alliant Energy press release)


Waterborne disease risk upped in Great Lakes.
An Oct. 7, 2008, publication by Patz et al. in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that extreme weather such as the monsoon-like rainfall events that occurred this spring will likely aggravate the risk for outbreaks of waterborne disease in the Great Lakes region. (read the UW press release; article )


Jonathan Patz keynote speakerSAGE students and faculty participated in a key regional meeting Sept. 29-Oct. 2, on climate change and health in the Amazon. The workshop was co-organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, along with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Professor Patz delivered the opening keynote presentation, and PhD candidate Sarah Olson presented her finding on climate variability and malaria in Amazonia. (view more photos of the meeting)





Congratulations to Dr. Holly Gibbs on her Ph.D.! Holly's work focuses on tropical deforestation and the drivers of expanding agricultural land in the tropics. Following up on this work, Holly will be starting a post-doc at Stanford, supported by a prestigious Smith Fellowship. Fortunately, we'll have Holly here at SAGE for another couple of months before she heads to the West.


Tracey Holloway, DirectorNew SAGE Director Appointed -- Prof Tracey Holloway. August 20, 2008. Prof. Tracey Holloway will serve as the new Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), leading the Center into its next phase of development and productivity. "This is an exciting opportunity," says Holloway, "SAGE has built a reputation for excellent research, teaching, and public outreach -- I am enthusiastic to continue this legacy and help the Center grow in new directions."  Holloway has been with SAGE since 2003, when she arrived at the University of Wisconsin--Madison as an Assistant Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (she is also serves on the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs). Holloway earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Earth Institute of Columbia University from 2001-2003.


New gift for Research on Sustainable Public Health. SAGE has received a $240,000 gift from an anonymous donor directed towards research on environmental public health, the area of focus of Professor Jonathan Patz. Patz plans to leverage these funds to further build  a major initiative on Sustainable Public Health – Patz describes this as, "Health for today's populations without compromising natural resources needed for the health of future generations.(read more)


Foley now at University of Minnesota. Prof. Jon Foley, the founder and Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), has left the University of Wisconsin and is now the Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota (August 2008) 


A 'red flag' for expanding biofuels in the tropics. Holly Gibbs et al. report that biofuels, by recycling atmospheric carbon, are a potential boon to the world's ailing climate. But efforts in the tropics to significantly expand biofuel production by replacing tropical forests with oil palm, sugarcane and other agricultural biofuels could, in fact, accelerate climate change. UW News. Press coverage: ScienceNOW; The Capital Times; ClimateArk.org; EcoEarth; physorg.com; wisbusiness.org
Listen to Holly's real media interview "The Dark Cloud of Debate Surrounding Biofuels" with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio Show "As it Happens" (7/11/08). The interview starts after a brief description of other topics on the show.


Patz and Pachuari (IPCC)Patz and Mayor R. DaleyJonathan Patz participates in meeting with Dr. Rajendra K. Pachuari, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley along with other civic and business leaders to discuss the importance of mitigating climate change. The meeting was arranged by the Enviornmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), July 2008.


Can Climate Change Make Us Sicker? – TIME Magazine. More than just the oceans or the wildlife, Dr. Jonathan Patz says that global warming can have a profound impact on human health read the article





SAGE student David Zaks, car divorcee, is featured as Community Car celebrates motorists 'divorcing' their cars. read the story


SAGE PhD student Scott Spak accepts post-doctoral position with the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at the University of Iowa. Beginning in October, 2008, Scott will work with world-famous atmospheric chemist and modeler, Prof. Greg Carmichael.


MS student Claus Moberg returns from American Meteorological Science Policy Colloquium in DC, and will be attending the NSF-sponsored "Debating Science" program and the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (WEB) 2008 program later this year.


Chris Dresser completes MS degree in Environment & Resources, ARM, and TMP. Chris built and analyzed a GIS-based emissions model for evaluation of heavy-duty diesel vehicles on major Midwest freight routes. 


SAGE Partners with MG&E to Examine Climate Policies for Wisconsin.
SAGE professor Greg Nemet and graduate student Andy Mendyk are working with Madison Gas and Electric to model and evaluate the implications of emerging climate policies for Wisconsin residents. Their work will focus on evaluating the impacts of a broad set of possible implementation configurations – the likelihoods of which are currently highly uncertain.


Two SAGE Alumni Join University of Minnesota Climate Change Team. Tracey Twine and Peter Snyder are new faculty members in the Dept of Soil, Water and Climate. read more


Jonathan Patz Recognized in Madison Magazine as one of Madison's "Green Heroes" – 25 of the area's savviest, smartest, boldest, well-intentioned and hardest-working stewards of justice, humanity and the environment. read the article

SAGE-TNC-IBM Partnership Highlighted on World Water Day read the article

Increased ethanol production to worsen Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’. 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 by Chris Kucharik and former SAGE graduate student Simon Donner (now at the University of British Columbia). read the UW Press Release
Press coverage: UW News; CBC News; TIME; WPR - search for "Ethanol Boom May Be Harming Major Waterways Down South" to listen to real media interview; NPR net radio - real media clip; The Capital Times, Journal-Sentinel online

SAGE grad students serve as "climate change advisors" for the latest issue of Yes! Magazine that focuses on climate change solutions. Current student David Zaks, and former SAGE grad students Chad Monfreda, Julie Vano, and Simon Donner participated. view the online magazine

Earlier plantings underlie yield gains in northern corn belt. U.S. farmers plant corn much earlier today than ever before and it seems to be paying off, at least in the north. A new study by SAGE Scientist Chris Kucharik finds that earlier plantings could account for up to half of the yield gains seen in some parts of the northern Corn Belt since the late 1970s. read the UW Press Release

Decades of Neglect in Energy Research Will Be Hard to Reverse. In the report, “Big Oil U.,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest describes some striking trends in overall spending for such studies. The Report relied on Greg Nemet's data reported last year in the journal Energy Policy (Nemet, G.F. and D.M. Kammen (2007) “U.S. energy R&D: declining investment, increasing need, and the feasibility of expansion” Energy Policy 35(1): 746-755. Available through Science Direct.. read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

UW-Madison joins largest climate change teach-in in U.S. history. The focus is on global warming solutions with the aim of preparing millions of students to become leaders in responding to the challenge. Jon Foley and Jonathan Patz presented talks. read more

Patz participates in Washington Post on-line chat "Science: How Climate Change Impacts Your Health". read the questions and comments

Foreign ozone emissions lower U.S. air quality. Study led by Tracey Holloway finds that up to 15% of U.S. air pollution comes from Asian and European sources. read the UW-Madison press release, Listen to a Radio interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Buisiness.com

SAGE team members participate in United Nations-sponsored climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia. Jonathan Patz and Holly Gibbs gave presentations. Over 180 nations participated in this event (Dec 2007) conference website

Experts promote the global warming diet. America's obesity epidemic and global warming might not seem to have much in common. But public health experts suggest people can attack them both by cutting calories and carbon dioxide at the same time. read the CNN article

Health toll of climate change seen as ethical crisis. The public health costs of global climate change are likely to be the greatest in those parts of the world that have contributed least to the problem, posing a significant ethical dilemma for the developed world, according to a study in EcoHealth by SAGE researchers Patz, Gibbs, and Foley.
Coverage: UW news article, New York Times Dot Earth, UPI, Mother Jones News, Wisconsin State Journal
Listen to the Scientific American "Ethics of Climate Change" Nov 07: Science Talk Podcast

Our Changing PlanetSAGE faculty contribute to "Our Changing Planet" book.  Jon Foley, Annemarie Schneider and Mutlu Ozdogan have all contributed chapters to a new book, Our Changing Planet, which illustrates how our global environment is changing, based on views from satellites.  





Jonathan Patz Interviewed by ABC News.
SAGE's Jonathan Patz weighs in on whether White House officials 'muzzled' important scientific research on the links between climate change and human health. Read the Article, Watch the video; Press coverage: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SAGE Researchers Examine World’s Potential to Produce Biodiesel. Seeking to understand which nations are best positioned today to enter the burgeoning biodiesel market, Matt Johnston and Dr. Tracey Holloway ranked 226 countries according to their potential to make large volumes of biodiesel at low cost. Their article "A Global Comparison of National Biodiesel Production Potentials " appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. Read more on the SAGE Energy page and the UW News article.
More coverage: UPI, Wired

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore Awarded 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. SAGE's Jonathan Patz served on the panel. Read more

SAGE's Jonathan Patz featured in UW Medical School Magazine. “As Temperatures Rise, Jonathan PatzGlobal Health Declines” declares the cover of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s latest Quarterly magazine, which profiles the work of Associate Professor Jonathan Patz in a feature article on ecology and public health. Read the article





SAGE Welcomes 3 New Faculty Members Dr. Annemarie Schneider, Dr. Mutlu Ozdogan, and Dr. Gregory Nemet. Read more

SAGE Scientist Chris Kucharik participates in the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) conference. Wisconsin state legislators, environmental experts, policy experts, National Farmers Union (NFU) staff, WFU members, and the public gathered for in-depth discussions on environmental and health care issues.
Read the news release (August 2007).

SAGE Teams with IBM and The Nature Conservancy on Global Rivers Project to conserve some of the world's great rivers by meshing extraordinary computing power and science-driven conservation. read the press release; Madison.com

Governor Announces Global Warming Task Force and Office of Energy Independence. The global warming task force will be comprised of businesses, industry, environmental organizations, local governments, and private citizens. This new effort will be charged with developing a state plan of action to explore state and local solutions to global warming.Jon Foley will be on the Task Force. The Office on Energy Independence will coordinate the state’s efforts to grow Wisconsin’s bio and renewable economies and advise the Governor and cabinet agencies on ways to meet the goals of Wisconsin’s “Declaration of Energy Independence” . read the press release

State Senate Testimony, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Jon Foley, presented "News from a Warming Planet: Recent science and policy issues from Wisconsin" April 2007

Jonathan Patz, participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The second part of its Four Assessment Report series, "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" was issued April 6, 2007. Patz is a lead author of one of the report’s chapters. The international team of authors warned that human-generated warming is already making oceans more acidic and parched regions even drier. 20-30% of the world's species may disappear if the world warms another 2.7 to 4.5° F. Such warming could intensity ozone air pollution in the US and cause many diseases to increase around the globe. Read some of the press articles: Washington Post; Boston.com; Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Rocky Mountain News; USA Today; Daily Camera; Salt Lake Tribune; nature.com; Chronicle of Higher Education; The Times-Picayune; SFGate

SAGE Featured in U.S. News and World Report April 2007 issue – America's Best Graduate Schools. read the article


Abrupt Climate Changes Much More Common Than Previously Believed UW news release; newscientist.com, highlighted as one of Science's "Editor's Pick of the Week - 20 April 2007"

Foley, Liu: UW leads in climate change research. The Wisconsin State Journal's Feb. 25 editorial, "Respond to global warming," wisely called for more state action to counter the growing challenge of climate change. Among its recommendations is for UW- Madison "to conduct more research on global warming." We couldn't agree more... read the article

U.S. needs to invest in clean energy. Rob Zaleski of the Capital Times interviewed Jon Foley about nuclear power and other alternative energies. read the article

Climate Change: Global Warming and Wisconsin - Our insatiable appetite for coal. The state's greenhouse gas emissions are rising at a rate far faster than the rest of the nation's. read the article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

Foley et al. paper "Amazonian revealed: forest degradation and loss of ecosystem goods and services in the Amazon Basin" featured on cover of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and highlighted as the Feb 2007 Ecological Society of America's "Article of the Month".

Study: New evidence for a relationship between Atlantic tropical cyclone activity and African dust outbreaks. read more about this study erekalert.org, CNN, BBC, NYT, UW news release

Study: Earlier crop plantings may curb future yields. In an ongoing bid to grow more corn, farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt are planting seeds much earlier today than they did 30 years ago, a new study has found. read the UW news article on Chris Kucharik's recent research

SAGE students contribute to WorldChanging.com weblog. David Zaks and Chad Monfreda recently became contributors to WorldChanging.com, a weblog that discusses “tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.”  Worldchanging has featured the research at SAGE in the past (Atlas of the Biosphere, agriculture's global footprint, The Earth Collaboratory, deforestation and malaria, and global health) and reports on many topics of interest to the SAGE community such as alternative energy, green design, global environmental politics, pollution monitoring, and general issues of sustainability. Chad and David are responsible for covering the topics of sustainability science and the intersection of policy and science. Some of their posts: The Nano Café; Science and Sustainable Rebuilding; Protecting the Environment, Protecting Our Health; Nanotechnology for Clean Water; Setting the Ecological Agenda; Green Water and Sustainable Agriculture; Ecology for Transformation; The Access Praxis; ATEAM: Mr.T takes on ecosystems services; Interview with Jeff Christian; Interview with Kerry Emanuel

SAGE Awarded $3.4 Million NSF Graduate Training Grant. The Nelson Institute's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program will involve 10 faculty members in diverse departments ranging from atmospheric and oceanic sciences to sociology. The program will seek to interweave natural and social sciences to better understand the vulnerabilities and resilience of human communities facing complex environmental hazards such as global climate change. read the UW press release describing the two recently-awarded IGERT grants on campus

New Energy Institute takes shape on campus. SAGE is a key player in the development of The UW Energy Institute, an initiative on campus to collaborate in educational and research activities, build synergism and increase the national recognition of the energy research accomplished at this university. Started as informal discussions in Summer, 2005, the UW Energy Institute now coordinates a weekly seminar series, provides updates on energy research discoveries on campus, and is active in building the Nelson Institute's Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate Program. Tracey Holloway, hired under the Energy Science and Policy Cluster Initiative, serves on the Energy Institute Governance Committee.

The First Biennial EcoHealth Conference: Forging Collaboration Between Health and Ecology was held October 7th-10th 2006 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Meeting Theme: Promoting Global Health - Sustaining Natural Resources read more at the conference website
Press coverage: Wisconsin State Journal; Wisconsin Public Radio

Why Files features SAGE Science.  The award-winning "Why Files" on-line science magazine (whyfiles.org) features work from SAGE in their special 2006 Earth Day posting.  In their report, the Why Files discuss the potential for "tipping points" in the global environment with Prof. Jon Foley, and other scientists at the 2006 AAAS Meeting.

As Amazon's Tree Line Recedes, Malaria-Wielding Mosquitoes Buzz In "By dramatically changing the landscape, we are tipping the balance in a way that is increasing the risk of malaria transmission," says senior author Jonathan Patz. "This is one of the most detailed quantitative field studies in the Amazon that directly addresses the potential link between deforestation and malaria." UW Press release
Press coverage: Washington Post, NPR, World Changing

SAGE Maps Reveal Human Footprint on Earth. SAGE researchers, Navin Ramankutty, Amato Evan, and Chad Monfreda are tracking the changing patterns of agricultural land use around the world, including a look at related factors such as global crop yields and fertilizer use. Distilling that information into computer-generated maps, the scientists will present their early findings during the fall meeting (Dec. 5-9, 2005) of the American Geophysical Union. UW News release; audio interview with Navin Ramankutty on Wisconsin Public Radio (Real Player required); video segment of Navin Ramankutty on WISC-TV Channel 3, Madison; additional press coverage: UPI, National Geographic, The Guardian

Impact of Regional Climate Change on Human Health. Ironically, regions of Earth that contribute least to global warming are the most vulnerable to death and disease that higher temperatures can bring, says Jonathan Patz in the 17 Nov 2005 issue of Nature. (Patz will chair a related international conference – EcoHealth ONE – at UW–Madison in Oct 2006). Abtract; full article (subscription required); Nature podcast; UW news release and images; Additional press coverage: Washington Post; Reuters; UPI

SAGE Global Land Use Data Website Now Online Scientists at SAGE have developed global databases of land cover and land use. These data sets are now available from a new website. They describe the geographic patterns of the world’s croplands, grazing lands, urban areas, and natural vegetation. The website also includes other popular data such as human population density. The new website, developed by Navin Ramankutty and Seth Price, provides easy access to the land use data in both tabular format (for countries, states, etc. of the world) as well as in map form. The site allows the user to manipulate the data to suit their own specific requirements, and download them in several different formats.

SAGE River Discharge Database Website offers monthly mean river discharge data for over 3500 sites worldwide. The data sources are RivDis2.0, the United States Geological Survey, Brazilian National Department of Water and Electrical Energy, and HYDAT-Environment Canada. The period of record for each station is variable, from 3 years to greater than 100. All data is in m3/s.

SAGE Soil Carbon & Nitrogen Data Website Scientists at SAGE have initiated long-term soil sampling and monitoring of agricultural land across southcentral Wisconsin. Soil carbon, nitrogen, bulk density and other assorted data on land-use history are available via this database.

SAGE Scientists Featured in HBO Documentary.  SAGE faculty members Jonathan Patz and Jon Foley were featured in an HBO documentary "Too Hot Not To Handle" that aired on April 22nd, 2006.

Nature Conservancy Researcher Highlights Benefits of Great River Systems at International Conference. Nature Conservancy researcher and SAGE grad student Paul West showed how six of the world’s great river systems benefit people by putting food on the table, moderating the weather, slowing down climate change and regulating flooding during a presentation at the International Conference on Rivers and Civilization in La Crosse, WI. (June 2006)

Rate of African Forest Loss Underestimated: scientist - SAGE PhD candidate Holly Gibbs was interviewed at a Conservation International conference in Madagascar. (Reuters, June 2006)

New Maps Reveal Human Footprint on Earth - UW News release of Navin Ramkutty's work on global land use and land cover (UW News, 5 Dec 2005) (additional press coverage: UPI, National Geographic, The Guardian, WebIndia, EurekAlert, Innovations Report, Sydney Morning Herald, World Changing, The Repubblica, The Hindu, Taipei Times, Common Dreams, Mongabay, Biology News, NewKerala, Newswise, Minjok, Farmers Weekly Interactive, Science Daily, WBAY-TV, Live Science, Truth Out, Channel3000

Climate Shift Tied To 150,000 Fatalities - Piece in the Washington Post about Patz et al. 17 Nov Nature article "Impact of Regional Climate Change on Human Health". Earth's warming climate is estimated to contribute to more than 150,000 deaths and 5 million illnesses each year, according to the World Health Organization, a toll that could double by 2030... (Washington Post, Nov 17, 2005) (additional press coverage: Washington Post, Reuters, UPI, UW news release, The Independent; Guardian Unlimited, AllAfrica, Belfast Telegraph, Beloit Daily News, Common Dreams News Center, Grist Magazine, DrKoop, HealthCentral, Journal Sentinal Online, Planet Ark, SciDev Net, Monsters and Critics)

Listen to an Earthwatch Radio story featuring Jon Foley discussing landuse decisions (Earthwatch Radio, Sept 2005)

World Land Use Seen as Top Environmental Issue - UW News release of Foley et al. Science article "Global Consequences of Landuse" (July 21,2005)

Hazy Health Hazards - Jonathan Patz is an environmental health physician at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He studies the impacts of climate change on human health, and he says people are likely to have more problems with smog as the Earth grows warmer. (Earth Watch Radio, July 2005)

Climate Change to Bring a Wave of New Health Risks - Jonathan Patz Feb 2005 presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Additional press coverage: MSNBC, The Capital Times, Madison, WI, The Independent Online Edition, Scripps Howard News Service

Five Future Eco-leaders under 40 - Jonathan Foley is featured in the March 2005 issue of Plenty Magazine

SAGE Contributed to WWF's 2004 Living Planet Report which is the WWF's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems. View some animations put together by SAGE Graduate Student, Chad Monfreda, showing the changes in the world's ecological footprints over time.

SAGE's Atlas of the Biosphere Featured by WorldChanging.Org, (Oct 30, 2004)

As Humans Alter Land, Infectious Diseases Follow. As people remake the world's landscapes, cutting forests, draining wetlands, building roads and dams, and pushing the margins of cities ever outward, infectious diseases are gaining new toeholds, cropping up in new places and new hosts, and posing an ever-increasing risk to human and animal health. (UW-Madison News, July 2004)

Field of Dreams. Carbon farming could help solve golbal warming and provide profits for farmers - cover story article appeared in Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine, Feb 2004 (and our own Kim Nicholas Cahill was featured on the cover with field equipment)

Sustain Dane put the Spotlight on Chris Kucharik's prairie research. Sustain Dane is a Madison, WI based non-profit organization dedicated to creating a community that deeply enjoys, cares for and is sustained by its unique environment.

Prairie research at the roots of environmental health - Emily Carlson interviewed Chris Kucharik about his prairie restoration research at the UW Arboretum (UW-Madison News, Oct 2003). A variation of this article appeared in UW-Madison's Alumni Magazine, On Wisconsin, Fall 2003 (pdf 1.4 MB)

National Geographic's Map Drawn from UW-Madison Work (UW-Madison News Sept 2002). Visit the UW-Madison News site to download a 300dpi eps version of this map

What's Up with US Gluttany? Rob Zaleski interviews Jon Foley (Capital Times, Madison Sept 2003)

Should We Buy Biomass? Dr. Chris Kucharik talks about biomass, switchgrass, and Carbon cycling (The Why Files Science Behind the News, UW-Madison, Aug 2002)

Switchgrass: Is this simple prairie grass a panacea for the world? One of Dr. Chris Kucharik's research projects was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal (Aug 2002) 11.4 MB pdf

Amazon Basin Can Be a Carbon Source - Recent study by Drs. Aurélie Botta, Navin Ramankutty, and Jon Foley was highlighted (Environmental Data Interactive Exchange, Edie)

Practicing What He Teaches - an update on the Foley family (UW Alumni News)

Forest Management May Mitigate Global Warming - Dr. Carol Barford's research (UW-Madison News)

Computer Lab on Wheels - SAGE was one of the first two departments on campus to deploy a wireless computer classroom (DOIT Technology Newsletter)

Change Courts Ecosystem Catastrophe - Subjected to decades of gradual change by humans, many of the world's natural ecosystems - from coral reefs and tropical forests to northern lakes and forests - appear susceptible to sudden catastrophic ecological change (UW-Madison News)

World Land Database Charts Troubling Course - Over the past 300 years, in an ever-accelerating process, humans have reshaped the terrestrial surface of the Earth. In doing so, humanity has scripted a scenario of global environmental change whose impacts promise to be at least as severe as global climate change... (NASA Earth Observatory)

Africa's Lake Chad is Disappearing - Africa's Lake Chad, once one of the continent's largest bodies of fresh water, has shriveled to a ghost of a great lake (CNN)

Great Lakes 'Seasons' May Reflect A Warming Trend - Scrutinizing a 139-year record of Great Lakes water levels, a UW-Madison scientist has discovered a dramatic shift in the seasonal changes in water levels on the Great Lakes...

Green House - For many of us, the keys to turning down the earth's thermostat can seem as hazy as a distant cloud. But not the Foley family, for whom the battle against global warming starts at home... (Audubon Magazine)

The Brothers Foley Develop A Sense Of Humus - Jon and David Foley work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (The Global Citizen)

A Cimate Scientist Takes His Computer Model Seriously - Jon Foley makes computer models to study what might happen if the human economy continues to emit greenhouse gases. Like hundreds of other climate scientists, he is deeply worried about global warming. Unlike most scientists, he carries that worry into his personal life... (The Global Citizen)

Global Warming: Desperately Seeking Stability (UW-Madison's Why Files)

Landscape Changes May Alter Cimate (CNN)

Forecasting the Ebb and Flow of a Rogue Mosquito (UW-Madison's Wisconsin Week)

Updated: 10/29/14

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