The History of Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Fredrick Stare in chem lab
Fredrick Stare in chem lab

The Center for Limnology is a research facility affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Center for Limnology was established in July 1982 to plan, conduct, and facilitate inland freshwater research. The Center grew out of almost one hundred years of limnology at the University initiated by E.A. Birge and Chancey Juday, who founded limnology in North America through extensive descriptive and comparative studies. Our roots were further developed by Arthur D. Hasler, who led the way in experimental limnology and facilitated four decades of aquatic studies at Wisconsin. Our present program builds on these approaches and has expanded to include long-term studies, synthesis, modeling, Great Lakes research, and application to resource management and environmental issues.

This image collection is a depiction of many generations of limnological research in Wisconsin. The collection began with a focus on the important pioneers of limnology, Dr. Edward A. Birge, Chancey Juday and Arthur D. Hasler, research laboratories, and field equipment. A significant portion of the initial 125 images are from the photo archives of the Center for Limnology Library and additional photos of historical significance were obtained by permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society archives. We are continuing to building the collection with contributions of research slides from professor John Magnuson as well as others in the coming years.