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 …

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 …

Blog Redux: Secchi Disk Celebrates 150 Years of Clarity

Tomorrow will mark the one hundred and fifty-second birthday of the Secchi disk. We dusted off this post from two years ago to tell you all about our favorite scientific instrument. Enjoy! (Originally published April 20, 2015) – A time-honored Read More …

1st Ever Science on Tap-Madison! Can We Have Clean Lakes & Ice Cream, Too?

Join us Monday, March 20th for an early celebration of World Water Day at Madison brewery, Ale Asylum. There will be no lecture, no PowerPoint, just a conversation with UW-Madison researchers about water quality and policy in Wisconsin and an Read More …

What We Lose If We Lose Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, recently unveiled a budget plan that would put an end to Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. The publication has existed for nearly 100 years in one form or another and serves to inform Wisconsin residents, hunters, anglers Read More …

Guest Post: Are We Saving Forests At the Expense of Rivers?

CFL graduate student, Aaron Koning, spends a lot of time in Thailand, studying fish and the people who rely on them for sustenance. Follow his adventures on his blog. by Aaron Koning For the last five years, I’ve been working Read More …

Scientists Go With the Flow to Collect Better Freshwater Data

On a clear, sunny afternoon this September, two of Trout Lake Station’s green-hued jon boats were out on Sparkling Lake, just off of highway 51. For CFL faculty member, Emily Stanley, and grad student, Luke Loken, it was like a Read More …

Lake Mendota: A Scientific Biography

How did we miss this excellent feature on Lake Mendota and the CFL? We have no idea, but better late than never – enjoy! By: Masarah Van Eyck From the window of his second-story office overlooking Lake Mendota, Steve Carpenter can Read More …

New Zealand Q&A: Jake Vander Zanden Talks Dead Zones, Cows & Haka Dances

Earlier this year, Jake Vander Zanden rented his house out in Madison, packed his things, and headed with his family for a sabbatical in New Zealand.  Under the auspices of a Fulbright scholarship, Jake is at the University of Waikato, Read More …

Field Samples: How Humans Are Changing What’s in Our Water

Field Samples is a Q&A with presenters at our weekly Wednesday seminar. Today CFL grad student, Samantha Oliver, will talk about how humans changes to the landscape have drastically altered nutrient flows into lakes.  Who are you, where are you Read More …