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Books, journals, databases, and other resources on water, science and the Great Lakes.
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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This guide was developed for use by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students to assist in their pursuit of water research. Water is a cross-disciplinary topic so many types of resources are provided in the fields and departments of Agriculture, Biochemistry, Ecology, Food Science, Education, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science and more.



This Water Research Guide was developed with the help of Jennifer Champoux, Amy De Simone and Peter Rudrud.


Aquatic Sciences News

Researchers Identify New Burbot Spawning Behavior

By Marie Zhuikov

It’s a winter’s night on Lake Michigan. Underwater in the shallows, the eel-like and lowly burbot gather in a brown writhing mass to spawn. With their serpentine bodies and dangly chin barbels, it’s not a pretty picture, but the activity ensures the species’ survival as one of the top predators in the food chain, along with lake trout.

Wisconsin Sea Grant scientists have discovered that burbot also spawn in deep reefs later in the season than previously known. Their findings, recently published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, add a fifth spawning behavior to those already identified for burbot.

Burbot, known in Latin as Lota lota from the French word for codfish, are the only species of cod that live entirely in fresh water. Also known as eelpout, lawyer and lingcod, the burbot is prized for its delicate white meat. A popular restaurant on Washington Island off the Door Peninsula, KK Fiske, draws patrons from as far away as Chicago by offering “fresh lawyers” throughout the year prepared fried, boiled, broiled and shish kebabed. However, just as many anglers are put off by the burbot’s eel-like appearance and penchant for wrapping its tail around their arms as they try to unhook it.

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photo: Researchers recently discovered small burbot on mid-lake reefs later in the season than expected. Photo by David Jude


New Aquatic Sciences Resource

Aquatic Invaders Backpack

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The Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS), the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Each pack includes preserved specimens of some of the most problematic AIS in the Great Lakes, rugged plastic fact sheets, a classroom guide and a USB flash drive containing 10 lesson plans created by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The packs are designed to complement the Nab the Aquatic Invaders! website hosted by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. 

Wisconsin residents can borrow an Attack Pack for free from Wisconsin's Water Library. The Pack will be delivered to your local library via the Library Delivery Network of Wisconsin.

The Attack Packs were created by the UW Sea Grant Institute as part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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