The Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison 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.
The Center for Limnology operates the Trout Lake Research Station in northern Wisconsin. The National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) North Temperate Lakes program is one of the Center's research initiatives.