Britta Larson UW Superior

A Collaborative Summer at ERIC

An FCW grant helped give students from six UW campuses the opportunity to train at one of ERIC’s three locations

When Amanda Stickney learned about chemistry in sixth grade, her love of math and science clicked.   “In high school, I went to a semester boarding school that focused on environmental science and stewardship,” says the recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point’s chemistry program. “That’s when I knew…

Tyler Kunze in lab

First UW-Green Bay Water Science Undergraduate Heads to Graduate School at UWM

Kunze’s path exemplifies how undergraduate research opportunities and mentoring can lead to more water scientists

Tyler Kunze never anticipated a career as a water scientist. Yet in May, he became the first student to earn a bachelor’s degree in water science from UW-Green Bay. He’s now a graduate student in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences…

kayaker in Mlwaukee

Communications Hub Supports Water Policy Network

Strong interdisciplinary connections will equal stronger water policy for Wisconsin

Strong water policy based on rigorous research results in clean water people use for swimming, boating, fishing, growing food and manufacturing. Water is tied to all aspects of our lives, but scientists and their research, which could help inform water policy, are not always connected to those who make water policy for…

sewage pipe in prairie

The Economics of Water

UW-Stout associate professor analyzes cost-benefit of water quality trading programs in Wisconsin

Zach Raff, assistant professor of economics at UW-Stout, has spent his career looking at how policies stemming from the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act can be both economically sound and environmentally friendly. This year, he received a…

Students looking in lab microscopes

Something Fishy About Pesticides

UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater toxicologists and students investigate off-target effects of popular pest control chemicals

“Neonics.” It’s a cute-sounding nickname for chemicals that are anything but adorable. Neonicotinoids have been used in commercial agriculture for more than two decades as potent insecticides. As their use has spread, so have some unintended consequences. “The pesticides are…

UW-Green Bay students hold the test tubes they use to analyze materials.

Fantastic Filters and Where to Find Them

A UW-Green Bay team searches for the perfect solution to excess phosphorus runoff

“It’s pretty much a Brita filter,” says University of Wisconsin-Green Bay assistant professor Michael Holly. Make that a very big Brita filter: “We’re trying to clean up the water in northeastern Wisconsin.” The material Holly hopes to identify one day,…

A Double Dose of Hands-On Learning

UW-Oshkosh's ERIC prepares students in both lab and field

On the banks of the Fox River, just a short stroll from Lake Winnebago, a nondescript building houses one of the state’s most important research and training hubs for environmental health and safety. Since opening in 2008, the Environmental Research…

Serious Mussel Power

UW-Platteville and Trout Lake Station team up to study Wisconsin’s secret superheroes

Mussels sometimes get a bad rap, thanks to destructive invasive species. While these unwelcome outsiders stir up trouble, dozens of native mussel species are quietly going about their business, cleaning our water and serving as sentinels for the health of…

A Great Lake’s Unwanted “Diamonds”

A statewide team digs deep into the persistent problem of microplastics

“Plastics can be like diamonds: forever,” says Lorena Rios Mendoza. The UW-Superior environmental chemist studies how the nonbiodegradable synthetic materials get into Lake Superior and the problems they can cause as they fragment or absorb toxic chemicals also present in…

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