Research on (and in) the Lake

The UW Center for Limnology is an easily identifiable yet mysterious building on campus. Sitting on the edge of Lake Mendota, the Center is right down the road from the Memorial Union and at the entry of the well-trodden Lakeshore Nature Path. As a result of its prime location, hundreds of individuals have passed by the…

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 Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences building has fifteen floors, and the office of Lucas Gloege, a graduate student working in the McKinley Ocean Research Group, is right at the top. The bird’s eye view from the top of the building overlooks the expanse of the UW Madison campus below, and coincidentally, this reflects the scale…

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…