The Center for Limnology’s mission is to exemplify the Wisconsin Idea by providing new knowledge and information on aquatic ecosystems to the people of Wisconsin through research, education, outreach and public service.
We strive to facilitate and support research and teaching based around our facilities at the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology and Trout Lake Station. Our vision is to provide local, national, and international leadership and maintain excellence in the fields of limnology, aquatic ecology, and ecosystem science.
Today, the Center for Limnology operates two field stations, the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and Trout Lake Station in the Northern Highland Lake District at Boulder Junction.
We boast a talented roster of graduate students and post docs, all working with our faculty to conduct world-class research in Wisconsin and around the globe.
Stephen Carpenter, Professor and Director
Research focus on the interaction of biogeochemistry and food web processes in lakes; prediction of lake characteristics from land-water interactions; and food web processes, including human effects such as fishing and introduction of exotic species.
Emily Stanley, Professor
Researches aquatic ecosystem ecology and human influences on carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling and the linkages among aquatic ecosystems. Studies the interface between ecology, geomorphology, and hydrology, with focus on streams and rivers.
Jake Vander Zanden, Professor
Research interests include aquatic ecology, invasive species, and food webs. Currently studying impacts, dynamics, and prediction of invasive species and importance of benthic and pelagic primary production in lakes.
Peter McIntyre, Assistant Professor
Research addresses ecology and conservation in rivers and lakes around the world with a focus on the organism-ecosystem interface. Studies ecosystem productivity, nutrient dynamics, and organism diversity at research sites from Great Lakes to Hawaii to Africa’s Lake Tanganyika.
Paul Hanson, Research Faculty
Studies carbon cycling in lakes, ecosystem variability using cross-scale analyses of lake data sets, and microbial community dynamics throughout the water column.
Jim Kitchell, Emeritus
Current research on predator-prey interactions and role in food web structure, including modeling techniques allowing quantitative estimates of interaction strength. Uses large scale experimental manipulation of lakes to test ideas developed through modeling.
John Magnuson, Emeritus
Current interests include: long-term ecological research on lake ecosystems, analyses of long-term lake ice time series, climate change impacts and adaptations, thermal ecology of fishes, landscape and invasion ecology of lakes.