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Carsyn Ames

Newest member of the Survey team hits the ground running

Carsyn Ames is the new Samples Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. She joined the
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Bradbury leads Survey after 30 years of Wisconsin research

Ken Bradbury became the Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) in 2015. Ken joined the Survey in 1982 as a hydrogeolo
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Grace Graham

Pulling together the pieces of the Bayfield County Groundwater Atlas

Grace Graham, a geologist at the UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS), is producing a map of the depth to bedrock in
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Geologic history meets the web

Caroline Rose, a geographic information system (GIS) specialist at the UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, has a knack for
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Dave Hart and intern Catherine Christenson collect data by canoe on Lake Waubesa

Big data from small streams

Dave Hart, a hydrogeologist at University of Wisconsin–Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, is designing and implementing a pr
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Mike Parsen at sand mine

Managing Chippewa County’s groundwater—today and tomorrow

Mike Parsen and Madeline Gotkowitz, hydrogeologists at the UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS), are wrapping up a 5
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Photo of Survey staff with a Lake Michigan bluff in background

Investigating bluff collapse along Lake Michigan

Elmo Rawling, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS), is working with Dr. Luca
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Photo of Esther Stewart

Mapping Wisconsin’s oldest rocks to better understand our groundwater today

Esther Stewart, a geologist at UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS), studies Wisconsin’s oldest rocks – the Precambr
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High-tech equipment opens a window into our aquifers

Pete Chase, a geotechnician at University of Wisconsin–Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, uses borehole imaging equipment to
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Wisconsin Groundwater Monitoring Network: 70 years and counting

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have jointly operated Wisconsin’s statewide groundwa
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Making fragile historical collections accessible

Our mission includes archiving (along with collecting, interpreting, and distributing) information about Wisconsin’s natural resources. We are t
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Jay Zambito

Rocks may be culprits in groundwater contamination

Jay Zambito, assistant professor at the UW-Extension’s Geological and Natural History Survey, thinks our rocks may be the culprit in some cases of gro
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Helping the U.S. Forest Service manage resources in northern Wisconsin

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) of northern Wisconsin is home to abundant springs, streams, and lakes. However, there is little informa
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Springs Detective

Grace Graham is an Associate Research Specialist at the Survey working on a statewide inventory of springs in Wisconsin. She will be working on this p
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Wisconsin’s State Geologist calls Bill Batten the “drill rig whisperer” because he seems to be able to get a few more feet of drilling from the Survey’s drill rig long after our geologists have called it down and out.

The Drill Rig Whisperer

Wisconsin’s State Geologist calls Bill Batten the “drill rig whisperer” because he seems to be able to get a few more feet of drilling from the Survey
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Steve Mauel studies the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest groundwater

How do you understand the groundwater resources of a vast, uninhabited part of the state? That is the question researchers at the University of Wiscon
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New project collects static water levels from deep water wells in southeast Wisconsin

“We are very excited to be collecting deep water level data in this area for the first time in 30 years,” said Dr. Ken Bradbury. The University of Wis
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Groundwater and stream flow in the Little Plover River

The Little Plover River has been studied before. Why are we studying it again? Maribeth Kniffin, a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-E
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Tree Ring Studies when the Trees are Gone

J. Elmo Rawling III, the newest geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, studies the dune
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The Link Between Groundwater and Geothermal Energy

Can a geothermal energy system raise the temperature of nearby groundwater? If it does, could that affect a nearby trout stream? Will higher temperatu
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Reference Springs for Research

“Springs are an accessible representation of the groundwater. It’s easier to sample a spring than to install a groundwater monitoring well,” says Prof
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New Groundwater Flow Model in Dane County

The study of groundwater in Dane County is important at the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. “100%
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Statewide groundwater monitoring network

Pete Chase, a geotechnician at University of Wisconsin – Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, spends a lot of his time in the
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The Ancient Wyalusing River

The lower Wisconsin River flows west to the Mississippi River from the Baraboo Hills. Has it always done that? Not according to the data being collect
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