Curt Meine named Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Fellow

Curt Meine, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, was recently named a Wisconsin Academy Fellow by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

The Wisconsin Academy’s 2018 Fellows will be celebrated at a Fellows Award Ceremony on April 6, 2018 at the Pyle Center at UW–Madison. The award celebration is open to the public with advance registration at

Established by the Academy in 1982, the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award recognizes educators, researchers, mentors, artists and civic or business leaders from across Wisconsin who have made substantial contributions to the cultural life and welfare of our state and its people.

Meine is a conservation biologist, environmental historian, and writer. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, and with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature. He is also a Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation. His dissertation was published in 1988 as Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (reissued in 2010). This work, the first biography of Leopold, received a number of awards, including the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Award of Merit, the Wisconsin Library Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Forest History Society’s Book of the Year Award.

In addition to his Leopold biography, Meine has written and edited a number of books on conservation and environmental history, including Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision (1998), The Essential Aldo Leopold (1999), Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation (2004); and the Library of America collection Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology (2013). He has recently coedited the bioregional anthology, The Driftless Reader (2017). Meine also served as narrator and on-screen guide for the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2011), which has appeared more than 1,000 times of PBS stations around the country.