CALS faculty and students part of Earth Day Conference program

Register now for the 9th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on April 20, 2015 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The theme of this year’s event is Hard Science, Tough Choices: Shaping the Future on a Rapidly Changing Planet.

The keynote speaker is renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and is host of the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He is an accomplished communicator of science to general audiences and an outspoken advocate for science education and research.

Several CALS faculty and students will also speak during the day-long conference including:

  • Chris Kucharik, professor of agronomy, and Eric Booth, assistant scientist in agronomy, who will help facilitate a discussion about the future of the Yahara watershed
  • Janet Silbernagel, professor of natural resources and landscape architecture, and David Drake, associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology, who will take part in a session about meeting emerging conservation challenges
  • Bill Bland, professor and chair of soil science, and Adena Rissman, assistant professor of forest and wildlife ecology, who will discuss climate adaptation in Wisconsin and the Midwest

For the full program, visit

Registration is open now, and general registration is $65. The student rate, valid for all students from K-12 to college level, is $35. Conference registration includes access to all sessions, entrance to the exhibit hall, lunch and refreshment breaks. Visit the main conference website for further information about registration, location and lodging: