UW scientists contribute to state's Pollinator Protection Plan effort

Wisconsin's honey bees help support an $88 billion agricultural enterprise and play an important role in ecosystems throughout the state. But our bees face challenges. Wisconsin lost around 60 percent of its managed honey bee hives due to extreme cold and other factors during the winter of 2014.

Video explores habitat changes between soil and snow

Jonathan Pauli and Benjamin Zuckerberg appear in a new video explaining the subnivium -- habitat between the ground and winter snow cover that is being affected by climate change. They have teamed up with Operation Fresh Start to build automated "micro-greenhouses" to aid their study.

UW-Madison researcher to lead Ecological Society of America

Monica Turner has made a career of studying ecosystem resilience in the face of ecological challenges, from severe forest fires and bark beetle outbreaks to climate and land use change in Wisconsin. Now, she has been named to a one-year term as president of the Ecological Society of America.

Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide

Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but UW-Madison researchers show that crops, including corn and soy, expanded onto 7 million U.S. acres over a four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.

Going With the Flow: Optimizing Ecology

In the Great Lakes basin, fish are in trouble, and one major cause may not be what you expect. Rather than the habitats themselves, the problem is connectivity between the habitats. Many of the fish native to the Great Lakes basin are migratory fish, meaning that they live out their life cycles in different habitats in different places.

Learning lessons by following Madison's foxes and coyotes

Last year, a family of foxes -- complete with roly-poly kits -- took up residence on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and made the city its playground. With winter in full swing, the foxes and their larger dog-like counterparts, coyotes, are out there again, roaming the wilder parts of the city and campus.

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