Janet Silbernagel

Professor and Chair, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
B.S. in Landscape Architecture, M.S. and Ph.D., cultural ecology, landscape history, and landscape ecology
115G Science Hall
(608) 262-4510

Trained as a landscape ecologist and landscape architect, I work on regional conservation strategies using geospatial analysis and cultural insights. Primary research includes support from The Nature Conservancy to build scenarios of forest conservation effectiveness in a changing climate. Through projects with MN & WI Sea Grant we developed innovative spatial literacy tools for Great Lakes coastal communities. Meanwhile, I collaborate with the International Crane Foundation to expand spatial studies for crane conservation both here and in China (see landscape conservation lab page).

I also chair the Professional Masters program in Environmental Conservation within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, helping to train conservation leaders through professional experiences (see environmental conservation page). My instructional emphasis in landscape architecture is Applications of GIS (LA 695) and creation of a GeoDesign program (course website).

Previously I served on the faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University (1995-1999), and was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Pennsylvania and Upper Michigan as a landscape architect (1987-1993), and as a landscape ecologist (1993-1995). I have a B.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University, with emphases on cultural ecology, landscape history, and landscape ecology.

I am involved in the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US Chapter), The Nature Conservancy, the academic consortium for GeoDesign, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Society for Conservation Biology.