1st Ever Science on Tap-Madison! Can We Have Clean Lakes & Ice Cream, Too?

Join us Monday, March 20th for an early celebration of World Water Day at Madison brewery, Ale Asylum. There will be no lecture, no PowerPoint, just a conversation with UW-Madison researchers about water quality and policy in Wisconsin and an Read More …

What We Lose If We Lose Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, recently unveiled a budget plan that would put an end to Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. The publication has existed for nearly 100 years in one form or another and serves to inform Wisconsin residents, hunters, anglers Read More …

Guest Post: Are We Saving Forests At the Expense of Rivers?

CFL graduate student, Aaron Koning, spends a lot of time in Thailand, studying fish and the people who rely on them for sustenance. Follow his adventures on his blog. by Aaron Koning For the last five years, I’ve been working Read More …

Scientists Go With the Flow to Collect Better Freshwater Data

On a clear, sunny afternoon this September, two of Trout Lake Station’s green-hued jon boats were out on Sparkling Lake, just off of highway 51. For CFL faculty member, Emily Stanley, and grad student, Luke Loken, it was like a Read More …

Lake Mendota: A Scientific Biography

How did we miss this excellent feature on Lake Mendota and the CFL? We have no idea, but better late than never – enjoy! By: Masarah Van Eyck From the window of his second-story office overlooking Lake Mendota, Steve Carpenter can Read More …

New Zealand Q&A: Jake Vander Zanden Talks Dead Zones, Cows & Haka Dances

Earlier this year, Jake Vander Zanden rented his house out in Madison, packed his things, and headed with his family for a sabbatical in New Zealand.  Under the auspices of a Fulbright scholarship, Jake is at the University of Waikato, Read More …

Field Samples: How Humans Are Changing What’s in Our Water

Field Samples is a Q&A with presenters at our weekly Wednesday seminar. Today CFL grad student, Samantha Oliver, will talk about how humans changes to the landscape have drastically altered nutrient flows into lakes.  Who are you, where are you Read More …

Of Models and Math: Predicting the Future of a Watershed

by Jenny Seifert Using a tool similar to a computer game, Melissa Motew is peering into the future. Motew is a modeler. She uses computers and mathematics to simulate ecosystems and make sense of nature. Her task is to shed Read More …

Will New Maps Bring Higher-Resolution to Great Lakes Restoration Efforts?

The CFL’s Pete McIntyre is involved in a new Great Lakes mapping effort that may help guide future restoration projects. Details below: ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues have created exceptionally detailed maps of five Great Lakes recreational Read More …

“Farm Tech Days” Exhibit Will Focus on Phosphorus Problems and Solutions

by Jenny Seifert Why is phosphorus in the lakes a long-term problem, why do we care and how could we fix it? The UW-Madison’s Water Sustainability and Climate Project (WSC) and Center for Limnology will address these questions at their Read More …