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.
Human alterations of nutrient cycles have jeopardized the status of many water bodies. Currently, there is a need to understand how individual water bodies- which range widely in shape, size, and hydrology- may contribute differentially to nutrient transport and transformation through river networks. For example, wetlands can be important sites of nutrient cycling and organic matter settling, but the role of wetlands depends partly on internal hydrologic connections between nutrient sources and sinks.
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.