WE 20th Annual Fall Symposium

We are pleased to host Dr. Greg Asner as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 21 & 22, 2014. Asner is a Professor in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University.

Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance

Bent and tossed by the wind, a field of soybean plants presents a challenge for an Asian lady beetle on the hunt for aphids. But what if the air -- and the soybeans -- were still?

You don't miss your water -- till it turns toxic

On Aug. 2, half-a-million residents of Toledo, Ohio were told to quit drinking city water that was laced with microcystin, a toxin produced by a carpet of blue-green algae in Lake Erie, Toledo's water source. The shutoff was a wake-up call about the harm of allowing lakes to get too fertile, but was no surprise to experts.

Of cows and climate: CALS researchers leading effort to make dairy farms 'greener'

On a subzero February day, Mark Powell stops his vehicle on the road a few miles outside Prairie du Sac. He's been explaining that cows actually enjoy the polar weather - and as if to prove it, a group in the barnyard turns toward us and rushes the fence.

New MOOCs to focus on environmental and community themes

It was Aldo Leopold -- the 20th century conservationist, father of wildlife management and former University of Wisconsin faculty member, who once said, "There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to the land."

The Sloth's Busy Inner Life

It's true that the sloth, which lives in the jungles of Central and South America, would barely prevail in a race with a snail. But it's not a sluggard because it's lazy. Rather, it has carved out a remarkably ingenious mode of life in the treetops, but one that imposes certain constraints on its speed and energy level.


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