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 …

Trout Lake Research Rewind: Tricking the Turf & Sampling the Surf

by Riley Steinbrenner Tree Skirts? Ever since Dom got stuck between a hand drill and a hard place the first time I ventured out with him and Patrick, this whole “tree skirt” situation had just been a figment of my–well Read More …

Trout Lake Research Rewind: Mega Buoy & Mini Mammals

by Riley Steinbrenner Week Eight Launching Mega Buoy If you ever walked up to the station’s main lab at any time during the beginning of summer, a giant conglomerate of solar panels, wires, metal framing and heavy-duty floatation devices would Read More …

It’s a Jungle Down There: Zebra Mussels Transforming Depths of Lake Mendota

by Mike Spear In September 2015, a single zebra mussel about the size of a fingernail sent alarm through the Center for Limnology. (CFL). It signaled the arrival of one of the world’s most notorious invasive species in our own 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 …

Off The Reel: Two Rounds of Shock and Awe with Bass-Walleye Crew

by Riley Steinbrenner “Just a little bit more!” UW-Madison undergrad, Ishita Aghi, yelled from the front end of the electrofishing boat as Matt Chotlos, another UW undergrad, slowly backed up the only diesel fleet truck on station until the hitch Read More …

Mark Your Calendars! Aug. 4th: Trout Lake’s 7th Annual Open House

BOULDER JUNCTION, WI – On Friday, August 4th, the UW-Madison Center for Limnology will host its 7th annual Open House at the Trout Lake Research Station. Join us from 1 to 5 pm for a chance to get a first-hand look at Read More …

Trout Lake Research Rewind: Bog Walks, Lab Work & Wild Rice

by Riley Steinbrenner Week One One of the first things I did up north was walk on water–well, on a bog, that is! TLS Interim Director Susan Knight took CFL outreach/communications specialist Adam Hinterthuer and me out to “Why Not” Read More …

Stuck Between a Hand Drill and a Hard Place

by Riley Steinbrenner It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost two weeks since I arrived at Trout Lake Station! After battling the big waves of Johnson Lake with Susan and Adam, I realized I never formally introduced myself. So… Read More …