Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
Cal DeWitt’s career at UW-Madison spanned more than 40 years, and during that time he became revered across campus as an exceptional, highly engaged professor. His popular course, Environmental Studies 126 — Principles of Environmental Science, and his weekly “Coffee with Cal” discussion sessions, inspired thousands of students.
One of Wisconsin’s most prominent wetland biologists, he is an expert on land stewardship, purchased development rights, local government environmental policy, wetland ecology, environmental stewardship, and faith-based stewardship.
DeWitt has received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995. Additional honors include the National Wildlife Federation “Connie Award” for exceptional service to conservation, Friends of the United Nations Special Achievement Award for building an environmental institution, and the National Coalition on Creation Care Forest Steward Award in 2009.