University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Limnology

About University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Limnology

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Limnology (CFL) operates two field stations. Arthur D. Hasler Laboratory of Limnology is a working research station on the shores of Lake Mendota within the Univ of WI-Madison campus.

Trout Lake Station is a year-round field station operated by the CFL.  Located in the Northern Highland Lake District in northern Wisconsin, the station provides access to a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems and their surrounding landscapes.  More than 2500 lakes are within 50km of the station.  CFL Website: 

The Center for Limnology was established in July 1982 to plan, conduct, and facilitate inland freshwater research. The Center grew out of almost one hundred years of limnology at the University initiated by E.A. Birge and Chancey Juday, who founded limnology in North America through extensive descriptive and comparative studies. Our roots were further developed by Arthur D. Hasler, who led the way in experimental limnology and facilitated four decades of aquatic studies at Wisconsin. Our present program builds on these approaches and has expanded to include long-term studies, synthesis, modeling, Great Lakes research, and application to resource management and environmental issues.


The Center for Limnology's mission is to exemplify The Wisconsin Idea by providing new knowledge and information on aquatic ecosystems through research, education, outreach and public service; and to facilitate and support research and teaching based around facilities at the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology and Trout Lake Station.


The Center for Limnology's vision is to provide local, national, and international leadership and maintain excellence in the fields of limnology, aquatic ecology, and ecosystem science.

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