Lake Mendota’s Spring Thaw Ties for 2nd Earliest on Record

Yesterday morning I brought breakfast to my daughters at our dining room table, glanced out the window and did a double take. The waters of Lake Monona were a churning mass of brownish bluish green. What had only the night Read More …

Steve Carpenter On “Fake Facts,” Trust in Science and Hope For the Future

The following “Know Your Madisonian” profile ran in today in the Wisconsin State Journal Know Your Madisonian: UW-Madison’s Stephen Carpenter makes Madison, state lakes his laboratory by Karen Rivedal, Wisconsin State Journal As an antidote to a proliferation of “fake Read More …

Blog Redux: What Less Lake Ice Means for Ecology, Economy and Ourselves

NOTE: This post originally ran on January 17, 2012. In the four of the five years since this post, Lake Mendota has frozen over well after its “median” freeze date, and in three of the five years it has thawed Read More …

Rare “Double Mirage” on Lake Mendota Explained

Back in December, some unique circumstances caused an odd stratification of temperatures above the still-open waters on Lake Mendota. With the water keeping air near its surface right around 32 Fahrenheit, but an Arctic blast bringing quite cold temperatures into 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 …

Slideshow: Highlights from Hasler Lab’s 5th Annual Open House

June 24th dawned warm and clear and it was obvious that we’d picked a beautiful day to open our doors to the public. By the time we wrapped things up at 6pm, nearly 300 people had passed through Hasler Lab Read More …

Boats, Bucky & Babcock Ice Cream: 5th Annual Hasler Lab Open House

MADISON – For more than 120 years, scientists at the UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology have studied the waters around Madison, the state and the world. They’ve helped build much of our knowledge about how freshwater ecosystems work and, on Friday, Read More …

Art Hasler, Bluntnose Minnows and How Salmon Get Back Home

Happy Fish Fry Day! It’s the day that, like restaurants across Wisconsin, we put fish on our menu. Today’s main course – bluntnose minnows. As we tackle the “Fishes of Wisconsin” challenge, striving to write a post for each of Read More …