Prospective Students

A group of students and Tracey Holloway sit around a computerSAGE is home to nearly 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in the center’s research, learning, and outreach activities. In addition, we engage about 10 undergraduate students in both paid and unpaid roles in research, computer support, and office administration.

Our students span a range of departments across campus, broadly reflecting the affiliations of the SAGE faculty: the Nelson Institute for Environmental StudiesAgroecologyAgronomyAtmospheric and Oceanic SciencesCivil and Environmental EngineeringForestryGeography, the La Follette School of Public AffairsLimnology and Marine Science, and School of Medicine and Public Health.

Steps for Pursuing MS or PhD Research at SAGE


Consider what graduate program, and what potential advisor(s), would be the best fit with your educational and career goals. Not all SAGE advisors advise in all affiliated programs – the list below links to each advisor’s research overview, and to the degree-granting programs through which students are advised.


Send a brief email introduction to your potential advisor, accompanied by your resume or curriculum vita, and noting the department to which you plan to submit your application. Feel free to ask us related to your graduate school planning and application process.


Submit an application to the selected program following official departmental guidelines.


SAGE awards funding through assistantships and fellowships to a select number of graduate students after a highly competitive review process. Most funding decisions are made by individual faculty members in support of specific projects. We look for students with outstanding academic credentials and previous research or work experience. We also strongly emphasize communication skills and intellectual maturity.

Potential Advisors

Grace Bulltail

Position title: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies


Zuzana Burivalova

Position title: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Forest and Wildlife Ecology


Morgan Edwards

Position title: Assistant Professor of Public Affairs


Holly Gibbs

Position title: Professor of Geography


Tracey Holloway

Position title: Jeff Rudd and Jeanne Bissell Professor of Energy Analysis and Policy


Chris Kucharik

Position title: Professor of Agronomy and Environmental Studies


Greg Nemet

Position title: Professor of Public Affairs


Mutlu Ozdogan

Position title: Associate Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies


Jonathan Patz

Position title: Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment


Annemarie Schneider

Position title: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies