Cultural value of natural world doesn't depend only on species diversity

The natural world might most often be counted and measured through the resources we extract from it, or the intrinsic worth of biodiversity itself. But UW-Madison zoology Ph.D. student Rose Graves has focused her research on uncovering a hidden value - people's cultural ties to the land.

The Disease Detective: UW researcher Tony Goldberg is on the hunt for deadly viruses

If you are Tony Goldberg, the unknown agents of disease are right under your nose. Sometimes they are even in your nose. For Goldberg, the ever-lurking emissaries of infectious disease are the epidemiological...

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 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.


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