Mitigate soil loss and climate change
Mitigating climate change can be accomplished by decreasing emissions combined with increasing uptake and storage of atmospheric greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The largest terrestrial sink for carbon is soil, which is eroding at unprecedented rates worldwide. WID researchers aim to use fundamental discoveries to reduce soil erosion and boost carbon storage through -omic profiling; mathematical modeling; engineering of plants, microbes, and entire systems; management strategies; and financial and economic policy design.
Soil is a key to a healthier planet.
Much of WID's research contributes to the Soil and Climate Grand Challenge.
Explore WID news and discoveries:
UW–Madison to Continue Fundamental Data Science Research with Phase II Award from NSF
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is home to the Institute for the Foundations of Data Science, which has received Phase II funding from the National Science Foundation.
Continue Reading With NASA Award, PhD Student Seeks Answers to LIfe's Biggest Questions
Lena Vincent is a graduate student in David Baum's lab at WID. She studies the origin of life by searching for life-like behaviors in systems of molecules.
Continue Reading Solís-Lemus Awarded Grant to Develop Statistical Theory for Soil Data
Assistant professor of plant pathology Claudia Solís-Lemus is a recipient of funding from the Department of Energy to develop statistical theory and tools for computational biology.
Continue Reading Sridharan Earns Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award
Rupa Sridharan was among 24 UW professors to earn Vilas professorships and awards. The Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award recognizes research and teaching excellence and provides flexible research funding for three years.
Continue Reading WID Researchers Among Data Science Institute Mini Grant Recipients
Jon Eckhardt, Robert Nowak, and Kevin Ponto were among the recipients of nine mini grants from the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute to advance data science.
Continue Reading New Tool for Assessing Heart Muscle Cells Helps Unlock Their Potential
A team of UW-Madison researchers led by Discovery Fellow Wendy Crone has created a powerful tool to help assess what experimental factors help to produce stem cell-generated cardiomyocytes that behave like adult heart cells.
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