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  • A man and woman stand at the edge of a river with trees on the side on a sunny day; they are looking across at a rock outcrop.

    2023 Year in Review

    Director’s Message  For over 125 years the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) has provided objective scientific information about Wisconsin’s geology, mineral resources, and water resources, and it is an honor to share new …

  • A small group of mature trees on the very edge of a relatively short bluff. Roughly half of the land underneath their roots has been eroded away, leaving their roots exposed.

    Researching erosion along Lake Michigan

    This blog post was written by UW-Madison undergraduate student Lindsay Summers, who worked at WGNHS as a social media and geology Assistant for two years before graduating in 2023. Includes March 2024 update from Elmo …

  • Carsyn Ames smiling with a beige wall behind her.

    Community-led PFAS monitoring with Peshtigo, WI

    WGNHS Samples Coordinator Carsyn Ames has participated in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Thriving Earth Exchange Program as both a Community Science Fellow and a Project Scientist. The role of a Community Science Fellow is to manage projects and facilitate communication between all collaborators. Ames worked with the Town of Peshtigo to sample additional wells in the township for PFAs contamination.

  • Sue Swanson outdoors

    New Director and State Geologist

    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sue Swanson as the next Director and State Geologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. She begins her new role on September 1. She replaces Dr. Ken …

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