Life in the Lake: Diving into Research at the Center for Limnology

The University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology is an easily identifiable yet enigmatic building on campus. Sitting on the edge of Lake Mendota, the Center is adjacent to the Memorial Union and the well-trodden Lakeshore Nature Path. Hundreds of individuals pass by the building each day due to its prime location, but rarely does one…

Ecometerology: Exploring Earth and Sky

Dr. Ankur R. Desai is a professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences as well as the lead investigator at the Ecometerology Lab through the Nelson Institute of Environmental Sciences. His previous focus studies are on the ecology and atmosphere in Wisconsin, the Rocky Mountains, and tropical dry forests in India. The Ecometerology Lab looks at…

Climate Sciences

Understanding our climate and the advanced way it is changing is no easy feat. In fact, we still don’t have a full understanding of how climate change is occurring. We do have some knowledge about it, carbon dioxide is rising, the ocean is getting warmer, our planet is headed towards a global rise in temperature….

Investigating Arctic Change

Stephen Vavrus is a Senior Scientist working at the Center for Climatic Research through the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Vavrus works with the computerized global climate model called the “Community Earth System Model” in order to find future projections of Earth’s changing climate. The model is developed using equations that…

Modeling a Changing Ocean

The University of Wisconsin Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences building has fifteen floors, and the office of Lucas Gloege of the McKinley Ocean Research Group is right at the top. The bird’s eye view from the height of the building overlooks the expanse of the UW-Madison campus below. Correspondingly, this reflects scale at which Gloege views…

Biogeography Lab: Forest recovery and soils

The research Prof. Marín-Spiotta and the Biogeography lab group work on focuses on how the ecosystem recovers from different land use activities and how carbon cycle is influenced by the change of ecosystem from the change of land use…