North America’s Freshwater Lakes are Getting Saltier

by Kelly Tyrrell, UW-Madison Communications  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MADISON, WI – Road salt is making North America’s freshwater lakes saltier, according to a new study published today [April 10, 2017] in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More …

Video: Searching for Spring’s Spawning Suckers

Happy Fish Fry Day! Just like many Wisconsin restaurants, we’ve got fish on the menu today. The special? Suckers with a side of steelhead. Watch as CFL graduate student, John Rodstrom, and post-doc, Allison Moody, search for suckers in a Read More …

Fish Fry Day: Biology and Neutrons Collide to Unlock Secrets of Fish Ear Bones

by Sean Simoneau, Oak Ridge National Laboratory simoneausm@ornl.gov December 20, 2016—Scientific discovery can come from anywhere, but few researchers can say the answers to their questions would come from the pea-sized bones in the head of a six-foot-long, 200-pound prehistoric Read More …

Water, Women and Fisheries: CFL Researcher Awarded “Seed Grant” from Global Health Institute

Bordered by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, Lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical freshwater lake and boasts one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world. 30 million people live around its shores. It is an important source of food, Read More …

Guest Post: Adventures with Bowfin, North America’s Underdog(fish)

The folks at the Nature Conservancy’s “Cool Green Science” blog have invited our postdoc, Solomon David, to write about primitive fishes for them – here’s his latest post: It’s a fish that lived alongside dinosaurs, and held its own: A Read More …

Fish Fry Day: Getting “Biggest Bang for Your Buck” in Conservation

by Kelly April Tyrrell A few years ago, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology created the first map of all the road crossings and dams blocking the tributary rivers that feed the five Great Lakes. These tributaries Read More …

Field Samples: Studying Fish Migrations in Great Lakes Streams

Field Samples is a weekly Q&A asking researchers what they’ve been up to and what they’ve learned. Today, Lake Superior State University professor, Ashley Moerke, talks about her time on sabbatical studying Great Lakes fish migrations at the CFL.  Who are you, where Read More …

“When” – Not Just “Where” – Key Question for Species Abundance

When it comes to studies of species abundance, scientists have spent a lot of time looking into where, exactly, particular plants or animals thrive or survive in a particular ecosystem. But, harnessing the relatively recent rise of long-term datasets, a new Read More …