University of Wisconsin–Madison

Welcome to the Center for Limnology

The scientific study of inland waters

The Center for Limnology (CFL) operates two field stations –  Arthur D. Hasler Laboratory of Limnology (Hasler Lim Lab) and Trout Lake Station (TLS).

UW-Madison is known as the birthplace of limnology in North America. Edward Birge and Chancey Juday were the pioneers of the field and Arthur Hasler continued the tradition by moving the CFL in new directions.  Click here to read more about the history of limnology.

CFL Blog Post

Celebrating World Fish Migration Day at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

This Saturday, April 21st, is World Fish Migration Day – a day to celebrate the incredible journeys that fishes undertake each year to spawn and continue their species’ existence. World Fish Migration Day is “a one day global celebration to create awareness on Read more...

Art & Science

The winners: Cool Science Images 2018

CFL faculty, Hilary Dugan, named one of 10 winners of the 2018 Cool Science Image Contest.
The ice on Antarctica’s Lake Vanda is 10 feet thick and particularly clear. Lake Vanda’s liquid water is also salty and particularly warm – about 70 degrees in the 70-meter depths – suggesting salty groundwater is seeping in. Researchers believe studying Lake Vanda may help them in a search for subsurface water on Mars. Read more…


Science on TapJoin us for Science on Tap Minocqua:

  • Wednesday, May 2 with Scott Walter, large Carnivore Specialist – Bureau of Wildlife Management WI DNR.
  • Wednesday, June 6 with Larry Meiller, “A Career in Public Radio”
  • Can’t make it to Minocqua? Watch Science on Tap online!