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  • Posted on June 16, 2021
    The Race to the Animal Vault

      The last known Pyrenean ibex, a wild goat named Celia, died more than two decades ago, the victim of a falling branch. But before […]

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    Research Creates Teaching Opportunities

      In 2015, genetics professor Francisco Pelegrí launched a course called Developmental Genetics for Conservation and Regeneration that ties directly to his ongoing research program. […]

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    Listen to the Forest – and Learn

      In the forest, life is often heard before it’s seen. Hikers and hunters are familiar with the creature chorus: cicada trills and tree frog […]

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    A View from Space Can Save the Trees

      For government agencies and conservation groups, protecting forests can be a tall order. Their resources often don’t allow them to cover the sheer amount […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2021
    The New Frontiers of Potato Tech

      It’s the number one vegetable crop in the United States. Wisconsin happens to be its third largest producer (after Idaho and Washington), with 3.1 […]

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    Seven Things Everyone Should Know about . . . Tardigrades

      1. Tardigrades are tiny, water-loving animals. They prefer wet environments, and as long as the conditions are right, they can be found all over […]

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    A Moveable Feast for Predators

      Ecologists at CALS have found that carnivores living near people can get more than half of their diets from human food sources, a major […]

  • Posted on October 1, 2020
    Of Mutant Wranglers and Slime Whisperers

      In 1909, the German chemist Fritz Haber sparked an agricultural revolution. Using enormous pressures and high temperatures, he had learned how to efficiently transform […]

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    As Milkweed Goes, So Goes the Monarch

      It’s a sweltering August day in 2019. The sun gilds the flowering prairies of southern Wisconsin. Entomology graduate student Skye Harnsberger and her research […]

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    Conservation Takes a Village

      Teri Allendorf applied for the Peace Corps in the early 1990s with an eye toward East Africa, where she was hoping to use her […]

  • Posted on June 11, 2020
    When Challenging Things Happen, Look for the Innovators

    I have no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered your lives, just as it has transformed the way CALS operates (at least for […]

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    Precipitation and Groundwater Levels: It’s a Long-term Relationship

      The connection seems obvious: more rain means higher water levels. But it’s not always that simple. Many factors are at play, so it’s often […]