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Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Climate Change -...

Stan Temple Professor Emeritus. Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW Madison Aldo Leopold kept a journal in which he recorded observations of the natural world, which is now the classic, A Sand County Almanac. Many of the seasonal events he observed are now occurring earlier in the year, reflecting the warming of our climate. Stan Temple discusses what the consequences can be for wildlife in...

Response of Wisconsin's Lakes to Climate Change - Ep. 292

John Magnuson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Zoology, UW-Madison

In the first half of a two-part lecture series, John Magnuson discusses climate changes affect the lakes in Wisconsin. He covers three responses of the lakes, including ice cover, the fish population, and water levels and flow.

Responses of Wisconsin's Ecosystems to Climate Change -...

Jack Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, UW-Madison

In the second half of a two-part lecture series, Jack Williams discusses regional and continental climate and temperature changes causing significant ecological changes and how that affects us in North America.

Building IceCube, a Neutrino Telescope - Ep. 291

Jeff Cherwinka, an instrument inventor in the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, shares his experiences of building IceCube, a particle detector, at the South Pole over the past seven years. He explains neutrinos, how a neutrino telescope works and shares pictures of the building process.

An Eco-Entrepreneur's Story Midstream - Ep. 289

Sonya Newenhouse, President, Madison Environmental Group, Inc.

Dr. Sonya Newenhouse, founder and president of Madison Environmental Group as well as the car-sharing organization called Community Car, discusses her personal life, her career path, and her connection between entrepreneurialism and the green movement.

Response of Wisconsin's Cool and Warm Water Fish to...

John Lyons, Research Scientist, Wisconsin DNR

John talks about the non-cold water fish in Wisconsin. The majority of the fish in the state are warm water fish, including catfish, bluegills, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. He goes into depth about these fish and their habitats.

Response of Wisconsin's Cold Water Fish to Climate Change...

Matthew Mitro, a research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR, discusses the relationship between higher water temperature and the survival rate of fish. For juvenile rainbow trout, higher water temperatures resulted in higher consumption rates. Eating more made the trout more vulnerable to predators. This resulted in a 50%.reduction in the survival rate.

The International Year of Astronomy - Ep. 285

Jim Lattis, Director, Space Place, UW-Madison

Jim Lattis invites you to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. He talks about the difference between Classic and Modern Astronomy, how everyday life has changed over the centuries and how Astronomy connects the world.

Recent Evidence of Wisconsin Climate Change - Ep. 283

Chris Kucharik, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison

In the third seminar of the Bracing for Impact Climate Change Adaptation in Wisconsin Seminar Series, Chris Kucharik talks about the causes of and technology used to measure climate changes.

Tracing the Genetic Roots of the Modern Potato - Ep. 282

David Spooner, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about major discoveries with cultivated and wild potatoes: species diversity, where they grow, their classifications, and the origins of the first cultivated potatoes.

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