Eleanor Nelsen

Eleanor Nelsen is a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When she's not studying rhodium chemistry, Eleanor enjoys reading and writing about science. She lives in Madison with her husband Luke and their growing collection of livestock.
Winter's blanket of snow looks simple -- and forbidding. But it hides a thriving community of plants and animals, who may find their habitat shrinking as climate change decreases snow cover.

A Hidden World Thrives Below the Snow

Although the layer of snow that blankets much of the Northern Hemisphere every winter looks inhospitable, it’s actually a cozy refuge for many plants and animals. But as the world warms up, this safe haven is disappearing.

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Building Better Forests

Scientists in Wisconsin are drawing on both new research and traditional Native American knowledge to create forests that will be more resilient in the face of climate change.

Climate change will bring more frequent severe weather events like droughts and floods, creating refugee populations and with them, Jonathan Patz explains, public health challenges. Image by Saharauiak.

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Public heath expert Jonathan Patz reveals some of the less obvious effects of a changing climate on our health, and offers up some ideas about how to combat climate change and improve human health at the same time.

Gratton sweeping for insects at a field site. Grasslands like these provide ideal habitats for native bees and other beneficial insects.

Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

The United States is home to some 4,000 native bee species. In this video, entomologist Claudio Gratton explores whether these wild pollinators can keep agriculture buzzing as honeybee populations struggle to survive.