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.
The rusty crayfish, a species native to Ohio and Indiana, has been invading lakes throughout northern Wisconsin for the past several decades. This exotic species has the ability to outcompete native crayfish species (Hill and Lodge 1999) and often replaces native crayfish species in the lakes it invades. In addition, the rusty crayfish often occurs at higher population densities than the native species and has been associated with reductions in macrophyte biomass ....
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.