Summer/Fall 2006

Know Your Water Lab

Center for Limnology
University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Center for Limnology at UW-Madison has grown out of nearly 100 years of lake studies that started with two of the field’s North American founders. Today, the center operates two field stations, the A.D. Hasler Laboratory for Limnology, located on the Madison campus, and the Trout Lake Station, near Boulder Junction in Vilas County.

The Madison facility is one of the most widely recognized buildings on campus, extending over Lake Mendota at the eastern end of the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path. The many research projects based at the Hasler lab include studies of food webs in lakes, roles of bacteria in lake ecology, river ecology, apex predators in the oceans, conservation of salmon in Mongolia, and much more.

The Trout Lake Research Station provides easy access to the more than 2,500 lakes in the state’s Northern Highland Lake District. The station serves as a field site for the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research Project, which studies how changes in climate and landscape affect the long-term ecology of lakes. Other projects at Trout Lake are studying the effects of shoreline alteration on fish populations and the sources and effects of exotic species, and establishing an international network of researchers to learn more about lakes at continental and global scales.

For more information, please visit or contact Director James Kitchell at or (608) 262-3014.

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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