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Tim Van Deelen

Tim Van Deelen is Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He grew up in Hudsonville, Michigan, and graduated from Calvin College. From there he went on to the University of Montana and Michigan State University. He now studies large mammal population dynamics, sails on Lake Mendota, enjoys a good plate of whitefish, and gains hope for the future from terrific graduate students. 

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Dorn Creek

Fire is life to a prairie, pumping ash nutrients into the soil and holding the suffocating shrubs at bay. Biologists…
Tim Van Deelen
May 12, 2021
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Tree of Life

Cedar swamps create stillness. In winter, their complex and dense overstories absorb the bitter wind, providing shelter for deer. But…
Tim Van Deelen
April 28, 2021
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Seeds

John Bates, bard of Manitowish Waters, led our GreenHouse students on a snow-shoe exploration of Raven Trail’s winter stories. After…
Tim Van Deelen
March 3, 2021
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The Ravine

“Ooh” she said, “That one’s my favorite!” She came over and I snapped a cell phone picture of her next…
Tim Van Deelen
February 3, 2021
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A Higher Gamut

The Creighton Truck Trail meanders north on the remote western edge of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Westward is a nearly…
Tim Van Deelen
October 7, 2020
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The Lodge

The lodge at the Au Sable Institute looks west through a standing choir of pines. Beyond, a shallow wetland pond…
Tim Van Deelen
September 26, 2020
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Walk With Me

“Walk with me?” she asked. “Sure.” I said, happy to give my procrastination an alibi. I shut my lap-top and…
Tim Van Deelen
August 28, 2020
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July

Please welcome today’s guest writer, Tim Van Deelen. Tim is Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of…
Tim Van Deelen
July 25, 2020