Among the Friends are many university scientists, naturalists, and citizen science advocates who share their knowledge with members and the public on field trips and in educational sessions. Here they are sharing their expertise and research on topics relating to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
Research in the Preserve is conducted in coordination with the UW Preserve staff and through official permits.
Research and Science Reviews
Key to the Glacial Erratics in the Rockwall
at Picnic Point
by Philip Brown, David Liebl, David Mickelson
“Seeing” Climate Change: From Wisconsin to the World and Back”
by John Kutzbach
See also newsletter Preserve!, Spring 2015
View and listen to the entire presentation at the Annual Meeting, 2015
Early Climate Research at the Preserve: Marsh Farm and Tent Colony, Flower Pots and Second Point Bars.
by John Kutzbach
Class of 1918 Marsh in
Winter 2012-2013: Ice and Snow, Habitat for Fishes and Road Salt
by John Magnuson [see also]
Dugan, Helmueller, Magnuson, Ice formation and the risk of chloride
toxicity in shallow wetlands and lakes.
Biocore Prairie Bird Observatory
Established in 2001 by Mara McDonald
An all-volunteer research project that monitors bird populations in the Preserve. After the death of Mara McDonald in 2016, administration of the Observatory has been transferred to Mark Berres in the Department of Animal Sciences.
Geology of Eagle Heights Woods
by David Mickelson
An introduction to the geology of the Preserve and Wisconsin.
Watch Dave Mickelson speak about the formation of the Madison Lakes in this (2:34 minutes) Blue Sky Science talk for the Morgridge Institute
David was named Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences arts & Letters in 2018