Florence Bascom

Florence Bascom (1862-1945) is widely considered the first female geologist in the country and was the first woman to be hired by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) agency. The youngest of six siblings, Florence was born on July 14, 1862 to parents Emma Curtis Bascom and John Bascom. Both of her parents were teachers … More Florence Bascom

Extreme Floods in Northern Wisconsin

Extreme flash floods that cause excessive structural damages and dangerous river rise events are historically a rarity in Wisconsin and only occur roughly once every 100 years. However, since the 1950s, extreme rainfall events have increased 37% across Wisconsin and Minnesota, an example of how our Midwestern climate is changing. Warmer air driven by climate change can … More Extreme Floods in Northern Wisconsin