Slide show: Northwoods Partners

The complex interplay between the earth's climate on global and local levels drives University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor Ankur Desai's research. In September, students from the soils and waters course at the College of the Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wis., joined Desai's team to get a look at the high-tech methods researchers use to monitor carbon flux — the movement of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in and out of plants, water and soil.

At left: Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, Wis., served as home base, providing bunk, kitchen and laboratory space for the team as members exchanged knowledge and experience and ventured out to Desai's field research sites around northern Wisconsin.