Bernhard E. Fernow

Meet Bernhard Eduard Fernow, an important figure in the creation of the National Forest Service, the US Forest Service, and forestry education in the United States! Born in Prussia in 1851, Fernow spent several years serving in the Prussian Forest Service before completing his college studies at the Royal Prussian Academy of Forestry in Muenden, … More Bernhard E. Fernow

Luna Leopold

His family’s name is attached to many wonderful causes and organizations across Wisconsin and the nation, but do you know about Aldo Leopold’s equally famous children and their contributions to conservation and natural resources? This month at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, we are focused on the wonderful world of water and have chosen to … More Luna Leopold

Maria Sibylla Merian

This month we are celebrating ‘What’s Growing’ at ALNC! Each spring brings colorful flowers, but with the flowers comes a delicate balance with insects and animals that help pollinate and disperse seeds. However, many insects and animals may also eat or damage the beautiful blooms in the process—anyone that has ever kept a garden can tell … More Maria Sibylla Merian

Jennifer Francis

Wisconsin is no stranger to bizarre weather throughout the year, and since April is ‘Earth month’ at ALNC it seemed fitting to shine a spotlight on someone who has spent her life trying to explain the connection between weather patterns and global warming. Our April featured scientist, Jennifer Francis, is a professor at Rutgers University’s department of Marine … More Jennifer Francis

Henry David Thoreau

This March at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, we are focusing on phenology and all the spring changes happening on our trails. So, while not strictly a scientist, Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) is our March feature because of his famous record-keeping and interest in natural history. After graduating from Harvard, … More Henry David Thoreau

Beth A. Brown

This month’s featured scientist spent her career studying our February theme–the stars and skies! Beth Brown (1969-2008) was one of many NASA scientists that work in fields like astronomy, astrophysics, climate science, and other technologies to help us better understand our galaxy and universe. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Brown showed an early interest in science … More Beth A. Brown

Robert K. Trench

This month’s featured scientist is Dr. Robert K. Trench from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Trench retired in 2000 but during his time at UC Santa Barbara he made big waves in the field of oceanography, specifically in the study of coral reefs. In fact, Robert Trench earned the reputation as the world’s leading expert … More Robert K. Trench

Pamela Silver

Pamela Silver is currently a professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School. As we celebrate all things solar this month, we have featured this important scientist for her work re-programming cells to work better and harder; specifically plant cells and their ability to capture and use energy from the sun! As a … More Pamela Silver

Guion Bluford, Jr.

For millennia, humans have stood on our planet and gazed up at the stars; very few have had the unique perspective of traveling towards the stars and looking back down at Earth from above. This month’s featured scientist, Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr., has a special appreciation for our beautiful planet since he has logged 688 hours looking … More Guion Bluford, Jr.

Juan Botella

A large part of being a successful scientist is being interested and excited to share what you have learned. Sometimes you share this information with other scientists at conferences and special meetings, but it’s equally as important to share your knowledge with people in your community. After all, the policies, actions, and decisions that can protect … More Juan Botella