Watch: Unbelievable Swarm of Spiny Water Fleas Invade Hasler Lab

Last Friday, my phone started “blowing up” with text messages about some sort of invasion at Hasler Lab and where, exactly, our new Go Pro camera could be found. Perhaps because I’ve recently binged-watched both seasons of Stranger Things, I Read More …

Do “Piggyback Rides” Play an Important Role in Invasive Species Dispersal?

by Neil Coughlan and Andy Stevens Late one night, Andy Stevens, then a Center for Limnology graduate student, pulled a minnow trap out of the water off of the Hasler Lab pier in Lake Mendota. In the glare of his 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 …

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 …

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 …

Zebra Mussel Invasion in Full Swing in Lake Mendota

Somewhere along the way, someone lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Maybe they were blown off on a full-throttle boat ride. Or slipped from a shirt pocket while wrestling a fish on board. Whatever the cause, the sleek, black glasses Read More …