Tag Limnology

First, but not last, algae bloom spells danger for Madison swimmers, fish

June 26, 2017

Steve Carpenter couldn’t believe the view from his second-floor office on the shoreline of Lake Mendota. As far as he could see, the still water looked just like teal-blue paint.

Road salt is making North America’s freshwater lakes, well, saltier

April 10, 2017

Road salt is making North America’s freshwater lakes saltier, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

November 30, 2016

While water clarity in most Wisconsin lakes has not changed in 20 years, researchers say the fact that more lakes are getting worse signals there is work to be done.

Zebra mussels invade Lake Mendota

November 7, 2016

In the last four months, UW–Madison researchers have started to find zebra mussels congregating in large numbers all over Lake Mendota.

Rare ice data collected by early ‘citizen scientists’ confirms warming since Industrial Revolution

April 26, 2016

Data reveals increasing trends toward later ice cover formation and earlier spring breakup.

UW scientists say invasive species impacts much worse than thought

March 21, 2016

According to UW researchers, a single non-native species in a single inland lake has racked up $80 million to $163 million in damage.

‘Cabinet of curiosities’ captures nature through work of artists and scientists

February 21, 2014

Of all the places Sierra Swenson expected to end up during her first semester at college, precious few were lined with jars full of preserved reptiles.