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 …

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 …

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 …

Best of the Blog, 2016: What Do Fish Do Under the Ice?

We’re taking a look back at some of the CFL’s most popular blog posts from 2016. Here’s one originally published on back in 2015 about what life is like under the ice – considering Lake Mendota still hasn’t frozen, maybe 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 …

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 …

Arthur Hasler Tells UW-Madison Video Archives “Lake Mendota Is Our Laboratory”

We recently stumbled across this old video of Art Hasler (in an amazing coat/hat ensemble, we might add) discussing the “congregation” of professors and students at the UW-Madison who work on Lake Mendota “trying to unfathom the unknowns of the 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 …