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New book continues rich legacy of UW-Madison soil research

Mar 10, 2017

At a March 16 event, Alfred Hartemink, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and chair of soil science, and Jim Bockheim, a UW-Madison professor emeritus of soil science, will present Chancellor Rebecca Blank with the first copy of their new book, The Soils of Wisconsin.

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Citizen observations help inform Arboretum's annual account of spring

Mar 7, 2017

Madison residents are taking advantage of record-setting high temperatures to bike, run, and lounge outside, well before the anticipated end of the long Wisconsin winter. It's clear that we humans are changing our behavior with the warm winter, but is the Wisconsin natural world also anticipating an early spring?

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UW-Madison's Stephen Carpenter makes Madison, state lakes his laboratory

Mar 2, 2017

As an antidote to a proliferation of "fake facts," Stephen Carpenter offers repeatable, observable, measurable science that is fact-filled. Carpenter, a zoology professor, has led UW-Madison's Center for Limnology for the past eight years. He has studied lake science, with a focus on Madison-area lakes and another lake group up north, for three decades.

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Oldest fossils? Maybe, or maybe not, but the oldest known are at UW-Madison.

Mar 2, 2017

A recent study in Nature described fossils found in the Nuvvuagittuq belt in northeastern Canada that may just be the oldest known fossils in the world. However, as a story in the Washington Post on March 1, 2017 put it: 'Findings like these are subject to intense scrutiny because they have potentially far-reaching implications for the study of early organisms on Earth and other planets.'

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

Mar 1, 2017

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...

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From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'

Feb 22, 2017

Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the UW-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun.

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Forest 'islands' offer refuge to wintering birds

Feb 6, 2017

In a recent study in the journal Ecography, Christopher Latimer and his co-author and advisor, UW-Madison forest and wildlife ecology Professor Ben Zuckerberg, show that forest refuges may mean the difference between life and death for chickadees and their overwintering songbird kin.

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Beyond eating: Indirectly, deer change the landscape

Feb 6, 2017

It is widely known that the white-tailed deer is a nonstop eater. Unless it is sleeping or fleeing from a predator, the keystone North American herbivore is nearly always nibbling.

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Search committee chooses 3 finalists for UW Arboretum director

Feb 2, 2017

Three finalists have been named for the UW-Madison Arboretum director. Ellen Damschen, associate professor of Zoology; Randy Jackson, professor of Agronomy; and Karen Oberhauser, professor of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.

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