North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research studies the ecology of lakes as one of a network of sites established by the National Science Foundation. We are interested in how biophysical setting, climate, and changing land use and cover interact to shape lake characteristics and dynamics over time (past, present, future).
Our primary study sites include a set of seven northern Wisconsin and four southern Wisconsin lakes and their surrounding landscapes. The project, which started in 1981, is administered by the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Several of the NTL study lakes were invaded by exotic species in the 1980s and ‘90s, providing a unique opportunity to measure long-term change in response to biological invasions. Yet as aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, rainbow smelt, zebra mussel, and spiny water flea proceeded to spread to the many thousands of lakes in the region, it became apparent that a broader geographic focus was needed in order to understand the spread and impact of these species ....
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-0822700, NTL LTER. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.