Tag Ecology

Student art exhibit explores Arboretum prairies through comics, stories

April 27, 2017

As part of her master of fine arts thesis, Liz Anna Kozik has installed an exhibit telling the story of the first restored prairie in the world, Curtis Prairie at the UW–Madison Arboretum.

When it comes to biological populations, expect the unexpected

March 30, 2017

More than three decades of data on the physical, chemical and biological variables in 11 Midwestern lakes show that while lake temperatures and nutrient concentrations rise within relatively expected ranges, biological organisms achieve high population extremes.

Enormous swarms of midges teach about interconnected landscapes

March 17, 2017

Research into the insects' behavior aims to better understand lake-dominated environments, including those of Wisconsin.

Arboretum prairies offer rare refuge for vanishing bumblebee

October 4, 2016

A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to seek endangered status for the rusty-patched bumblebee has focused renewed attention on bumblebees living in the 1,200-acre natural area.

New study examines where and how climate change is altering species

September 19, 2016

A new study shows how and where changing climate conditions could affect the communities of species in any given area. In …

Thrive or fail: Examining forest resilience in the face of fires

September 2, 2016

“It’s not only western forests where these things matter, where disturbances and changing environments shape regional landscapes,” says Wisconsin researcher Monica Turner.

Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls, long-term study finds

August 2, 2016

A UW–Madison research group has documented an exodus of owls following the fierce, 99,000 acre King Fire in California in 2014.

Friendly fire

March 30, 2016

UW Arboretum land care staff member Austin Pethan uses a drip torch as a 10-person staff manages a prescribed fire at Juniper Knoll on March 29. Fire is used as a wildland management tool to help control competing vegetation, reduce potential buildup of excess flammable materials, and perpetuate fire-dependent species.

No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north

March 30, 2016

UW researchers report that the range of the snowshoe hare in Wisconsin is creeping north by about five and a half miles per decade.

60 years after pioneering survey, Wisconsin prairies are changing rapidly

February 19, 2016

Researchers have found that human influence has accelerated the rate of species change in these prairies and likely in other natural places.