As people change the world ever more rapidly, we are creating novel environments: no-analog climates, novel ecosystems, and new land-use patterns. As scientists, we are limited in our ability to
predict how species, communities, ecosystems, and people will be affected by, and adapt to, these novel environments.
The goals of our proposed IGERT program are to 1) train the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists to develop strategies for successful biodiversity conservation in the face of novel environments, and 2) develop an integrative program of experiential learning, engaged scholarship, and problem-focused research on biodiversity conservation that capitalizes on the breadth and depth of disciplinary expertise at UW-Madison. Our vision is a community of practice in which social scientists, climatologists, ecologists, computer scientists, geneticists, economists, statisticians, remote sensing specialists and others collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to find solutions for future biodiversity conservation in novel environments. To integrate conservation science and practice, we will engage students in a Wisconsin Idea field trip, followed by problem-oriented salons, client-based courses, and professional development in participatory research.