Our faculty, staff and students span more than 40 natural and social science, engineering and humanities departments across the UW-Madison campus and are dedicated to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship, education and community engagement.

Armed with a diversity of perspectives and expertise, we tackle local concerns, global challenges and the connections between them. Our joining together of disciplines translates into research and education that matters to the community and to the planet.

Beyond campus, we build professional partnerships with people in government, business, the nonprofit sector and academic institutions.

Together, we conduct a host of community programs and events that promote a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable world. We also support resources on and off campus that strengthen our community.

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Our accomplished faculty and staff represent more than 40 academic fields, from the humanities, engineering, business and law to the biological, physical, health and social sciences. Browse their areas of expertise.  more »
Our students boast diverse academic and experiential backgrounds. They bring inspiration, intellect and strong personal commitment to the institute. Connect with our students and learn more about their areas of study.  more »
Have a question about our academic programs or an inquiry for the director's office? Curious about our community and alumni relations activities or searching for a subject expert? Search our professional staff directory to reach the appropriate contact.   more »
Our Board of Visitors advises and supports the Nelson Institute in program direction and development. The board helps build relationships between the institute, individuals and organizations; counsels on strategies and opportunities; and aids in obtaining resources. Meet our current members.   more »