A group of art students traveled to the Northwoods last week...for a dose of science. Students at the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design spent a week at the Kemp Station Natural Resources Station near Woodruff.
It may surprise some people to find art students also interested in science, but to Maddy Dall, it’s totally natural.
“I’ve always really been interested in paleontology especially – so like dinosaurs. I always told myself if I could draw dinosaurs I’d be a happy person – so scientific illustration really appealed to me.”
Thirty years of scientific study on a Vilas County lake will come to an end on Monday.
Scientists are removing a barrier that has divided Little Rock Lake in two since 1984. Researchers installed the barrier to conduct a landmark study on the effects of acid rain. Carl Watras is a research scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources. He's been involved with the Little Rock project since the beginning. Watras says at the time there was speculation about the effect of acid rain on lakes, but there was no definitive evidence.
Say you’re a scientist who studies lakes. How do you choose which one to to study? Chances are you’ll pick one that’s a pretty good size…like Trout Lake, or Crystal Lake. You might pick one with a lot of species of fish, or one the public uses for recreation. But what about the tiny lakes…the backyard ones so small they may not even have names, or the ones that dry up completely when it doesn’t rain for a while?
Many people come to the Northwoods to get away from the rest of the world.
But at the University of Wisconsin Limnology Research Station at Trout Lake, scientists are trying to do just the opposite.
Since 2004 Director Tim Kratz has been one of the pioneers putting together a network of limnologists, or scientists studying lakes, around the world. It’s called GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Kratz to talk about how GLEON is part of a changing way of doing science.