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.
As humans develop lake shorelines, several aspects of the terrestrial and aquatic habitats are altered, and these changes have potential effects that can ripple through aquatic food webs (Engel and Pederson 1998, Francis and Schindler 2009). Modifications to habitat structures along with direct human impacts, such as increased angling effort with lakeshore residential development (NRC 1992), may drive changes in game fish ecology.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1440297, 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.