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Trout Bog focus of UW-Madison researchers

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VILAS COUNTY (WAOW) -

It's a peaceful morning on Trout Bog, just outside Boulder Junction in Vilas County.

And though the sound of oars splashing into the still water provides the ambience of a typical Northwoods boat ride, the voyage Ben Crary and Matt Bodin are on is anything but average.

Their ride is part of a study being done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Trout Lake Station, a research hub in Vilas County that organizes numerous ecological examinations of the area's environment.

Their goal is to collect bacteria, so it can be analyzed as part of a multi-year examination of bacteria's role on algae growth at Trout Bog.

"People enjoy clean, clear, crystal water," Crary told Newsline 9. "We study them to understand how the bacterial community is contributing to water quality."

Water temperature varies considerably from a lake or bog's surface to bottom, so in order to accurately sample bacteria at various levels researchers are tasked with getting creative to find ways to accurately sample their subjects.

Crary and Bodin use a modified pipe that allows them to segment water off at various depths. Upon integrating the samples on their boat, they return to the research station for analysis and comparison from previous sampling expeditions.

"We know the bacteria and the microbes in the water are influencing those algae and we don't necessarily know how yet, but we're getting close to understanding whether they're making the algal water worse or making the water better for us," Crary said.

And that is a question the researchers find intriguing.

"I would love to be involved in research in some way throughout the rest of my career," Crary said.

Igniting the passion of a new generation of researchers committed to keeping watch of our environment.

For a link to the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station website follow this link

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