Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Southwest China

University of Wisconsin-Madison NSF IGERT China Program

Program Overview

This program was a collaborative research program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goals of the program were to:
  • Expand scientific understanding of the interactions of natural and human processes integral to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development;
  • Develop information and analyses useful to the local populations and to relevant government units; and
  • Provide the next generation of scientists with the interdisciplinary skills needed to carry on this important work.

From 2006-2012, the program trained 20 PhD "trainees" at the UW-Madison, who were funded by the NSF IGERT program. The program also supported 16 PhD and MS "associates" at UW-Madison and other North American institutions, who received grants funded by the UW-Madison to conduct research projects in northwest Yunnan.

The program was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-0549369 "IGERT: Training Program on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Southwest China at the University of Wisconsin-Madison" as well as additional funds from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School and International Programs.

The research supported under this program is summarized at: IGERT_Summary_for_Web.pdf