Lake Is a Rainbow: Weird, Warm Fall Makes “Three-Layer Lake Cake”

by Luke Loken Autumn is typically associated with fall colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and cool temperatures. However this year, much of the Midwest has been stuck in summer-like conditions. And these record temperatures come with unexpected consequences. Usually, as the Read More …

Despite Changes in Climate, Land Use and Management Practices, Lakes Stay Surprisingly Static

Over the last few decades, change has defined our environment in the United States. Agriculture intensified. Urban areas sprawled. The climate warmed. Intense rainstorms became more common. But, says a new study, while those kinds of changes usually result in Read More …

Trout Lake Research Rewind: Fyke Nets & Native Mussels

by Riley Steinbrenner Week Seven This summer, CFL graduate students Martin Perales and Holly Embke are busy catching fish on their two study lakes–Sandy Beach Lake and McDermott Lake in Iron County–using a lot of different methods. One of these Read More …

Investment in Science Crucial to Tackling “Grand Challenges” for the Great Lakes

by Cheryl Reitan & Adam Hinterthuer Duluth, MN – In September of 2014, fifty-eight scientists gathered to discuss the most pressing research needs in the Great Lakes region. Even though the five lakes contain nearly one-fifth of all the world’s Read More …

You’re Not Seeing Mayflies Around Town – Those Are Midges

As I jumped on my bike and left the Lowell Elementary playground after dropping my kids off yesterday morning, I overheard a conversation between two parents that I hear pretty consistently this time of year. It went something like this: Read More …

Blog Redux: Can Rare Floods Bring the Colorado River Delta Back?

If you live in Wisconsin that means you’ve endured a week or cold, gray, rainy weather and you’ve now got an intense case of “the Mondays.” So I thought I’d look around for a “good news” story. And, boy, did Read More …

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 …

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 …

Fish Fry Day: Western Mosquitofish and the Danger of Good Intentions

It’s Fish Fry Day and fish is on the menu! We’re working our way across the “Fishes of Wisconsin” poster finding morsels of info for every species of fishes found in Wisconsin. Today’s special: the Western Mosquitofish. Take a moment Read More …