UW botanist leads petition to give Venus flytrap endangered species protection

UW-Madison ecologists have played a key role in a petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday seeking emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Venus flytrap.

Lake Mendota: a scientific biography

From the window of his second-story office overlooking Lake Mendota, Steve Carpenter can see the UW rowing team running drills. On a warmer day, he might glimpse yellow-hulled "tech" boats, piloted by amateur sailors, lurching around the buoys. Like all lakes, this one holds the past, present and even the future in its depths.

Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow pace

Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. They are best known for their pokey demeanor rather than the fact that they spend the majority of their lives in trees. But the slow-motion lifestyle of tree sloths, according to a new study, is a direct result of the animals' adaptation to their arboreal niche.

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.

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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