Mission, Vision, and Strategic Directions

Mission: The Center for Limnology’s mission is to exemplify the Wisconsin Idea by providing new knowledge and information on aquatic ecosystems through research, education, outreach and public service; and to facilitate and support research and teaching based around facilities at the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology and Trout Lake Station.

Vision: The Center for Limnology’s vision is to provide local, national, and international leadership and maintain excellence in the fields of limnology, aquatic ecology, and ecosystem science by pursuing the following strategic goals:


  • Stimulate creativity and innovation in our research
  • Increase participation and diversity in interdisciplinary research to encourage development of new program directions
  • Encourage collaborations with external partners and agencies


  • Cultivate new programs that will foster educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees
  • Support opportunities for professional growth and development for Center staff

Outreach and Public Service

  • Promote service and outreach efforts on issues relevant to society
  • Provide technical expertise through transfer of applications and knowledge in the areas of limnology and aquatic ecosystem science


  • Improve the facilities at Trout Lake Station and the Hasler Laboratory
  • Continue our role as a provider of logistics support to research and teaching efforts on the lakes and rivers of Wisconsin


  • Expand the diversity and level of extramural funding
  • Develop new fundraising initiatives, in concert with the UW Foundation, to strengthen the CFL endowment

For comments or suggestions regarding this page, contact Monet Hutchins. Created 2/2/02