Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies / IES


Email -- General questions -- Jim Miller, Graduate Advisor -- Becky Ryan, Undergraduate Services Coordinator 

(608) 262-7996 -- Academic Programs Office
(608) 262-9206 -- Becky Ryan, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
(608) 265-8018 -- Paul Zedler, Director
(608) 263-4373 -- Jim Miller, Graduate Advisor

Monday-Friday 7:45 - 11:45 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. (Academic Programs Office)
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Director's Office)

Academic Programs Office
70 Science Hall
550 N Park St
Madison, WI 53706-1491

Director's Office
122 Science Hall
550 N Park St
Madison, WI 53706-1491

The Nelson Institute, founded in 1970 and renamed in 2002 for former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, is dedicated to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship, education and community engagement. It includes four research centers - the Center for Climatic Research; the Center for Culture, History, and Environment; the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; and the Land Tenure Center - that span traditional disciplinary boundaries and include faculty and students from more than 40 natural and social science, engineering and humanities departments the UW-Madison campus.

The institute administers three graduate degree programs, five graduate-level certificate programs, and an undergraduate major and certificate in environmental studies, the latter of which is the largest undergraduate certificate program at UW-Madison.

Build partnerships to synergize and sustain excellence in the interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service that make the University of Wisconsin-Madison a world leader in addressing environmental challenges.