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.
Fire is a complex phenomenon that responds to climate and vegetation and may become more difficult to manage in the context of global climate and land use change (Bowman et al., 2009). Understanding dynamics of fire over extended periods of time that incorporate climate variability and forest change could help inform management of forests in the 21st century (Whitlock et al., 2008). Our study focused on fire-drought interactions in a small landscape of northern Wisconsin over a 200-year period characterized by dramatic shifts in human settlement and forest use and management.
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.