Thinking Big About Invasive Species: Q&A with Jake Vander Zanden

A recent study in the journal, Ecosystems, says that, when it comes to invasive species, it’s time to think bigger. While the movement of species from their native ranges to exotic lands is a major component of global ecosystem change, 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 …

Notes from the Northwoods: Can Native Bugs Take Out Invasive Plants?

by AnnaKay Kruger Joe Bevington leans over the side of the boat and eyes the dense weeds in the water below us, watching green, long-feathered arms of Eurasian water milfoil move indolently with the current. The UW-Madison undergraduate wields a Read More …

Slideshow: Sparkling Lake Rebounds from Invasion

A recent study authored by our former postdoc and PhD student, Gretchen Hansen, reports that an intensive invasive-species trapping experiment had paid off for Sparkling Lake in northern Wisconsin. Not only did our researchers put a big dent in the Read More …

Monitoring, Educating and Slowing the Spread of Invasives

Carol Warden, our aquatic invasive species specialist up at Trout Lake Station sent in this note about her work “up north” this summer. With summer well underway, aquatic invasive species (AIS) are once again a hot topic in the Northwoods. Read More …

Limnology in Action: Numb Feet and a Bucket Full of Rusties

The weather keeps alternating between chilly and warm as Lindsey Sargent, a graduate student from the University of Notre Dame, steers our small boat out into Star Lake in northern Wisconsin’s Vilas County. We’re on the hunt for the invasive Read More …

Notes from the Northwoods – Week 1: Edible Invasives

by Aisha Liebenow Northern Wisconsin, or the ‘Northwoods’, is known as a beautiful summer vacation spot with thousands of clear, pristine lakes. Every year, tourists fill restaurants for fish fries, buy homemade salt water taffy at local shops, and partake Read More …

Late Spring, but Early Start for Crystal Mixing Experiment

by Colin Smith Year two of the Crystal Lake Mixing Project’s rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) eradication efforts have officially begun.  The project is testing a new method of removing cold water invasive fish from a lake inhabited by warm water Read More …

Invasives Hitch Rides with Boaters, Not Birds

When it comes to moving in to Wisconsin lakes, aquatic invasive species have a preferred mode of transport – one that often involves an outboard motor. Scientists at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Read More …