When It Comes to Biological Extremes, Expect the Unexpected

MADISON – Human beings are familiar with the idea of extreme events. Meteorologists keep us up to date on hurricanes, floods and high temperatures. Economists watch the stock market for signs of crashes or rallies. We spend a lot of Read More …

What Lies Beneath: Sudden Invasion of a Wisconsin Lake Wasn’t So Sudden After All

In the fall of 2009, a tiny aquatic creature known as the spiny water flea showed up in a lake where it had never before been seen. At first, students in the UW-Madison undergraduate limnology class didn’t know what they Read More …

Video: Searching for Spring’s Spawning Suckers

Happy Fish Fry Day! Just like many Wisconsin restaurants, we’ve got fish on the menu today. The special? Suckers with a side of steelhead. Watch as CFL graduate student, John Rodstrom, and post-doc, Allison Moody, search for suckers in a Read More …

What Two Frozen Lakes Taught Me About Perception Versus Data

by Samantha Oliver Today, I woke up at my favorite place on earth – Ten Mile Lake, in Hackensack, Minnesota. On the coldest day of the winter thus far, the frozen lake is so bright, so sparkly, it is almost Read More …

CFL Blog’s Best of 2016: Recalculating the Cost of Invasive Species

As the year winds to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the the CFL’s most popular blog posts from 2016. Here’s one originally published on March 21st about our researchers calculating the cost of a tiny Read More …

This CFL Secchi Pint Glass is What You Want for Christmas

We don’t know about you, but these last few days before Christmas are the prime time to scramble for last-second gifts. So, really, let us just say “You’re Welcome” for lifting that stress off your shoulders with what we’re about Read More …

Christmas Post Redux: Letter Home Explains Carbon Cycle via Christmas Ornaments

Happy Holidays from the CFL! Last year, graduate student, Julia Hart, was so ready to head home and see family that she wrote this great primer in advance to tell her Mom what, exactly, she studies here at the UW-Madison. Read More …

Blog Redux: Fish Ears, “Tree” Rings and a Sectioning Saw

We thought we’d dig through the archives to see what we were up to in previous Novembers. Enjoy this look at “Limno in the Lab” from four years ago! Originally posted 11/13/12 – After the spring and summer field seasons, Read More …

Is Lake Mendota’s Newest Invasive Species Poised to Explode?

This is what an invasion looks like. Last fall, students in a UW-Madison undergraduate limnology lab found invasive zebra mussels living in Lake Mendota for the first time. Later that year, when we pulled the Hasler Lab pier out of Read More …