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Luke Winslow

Data Scientist

Luke Winslow

Data Scientist


USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics

8505 Research Way

Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

Phone: 608-821-3914


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PhD, Freshwater and Marine Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

Masters, Limnology and Marine Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

BS, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Big Data Analysis | Global Limnology | Aquatic Sensor Networks

Current Work


Wisconsin Lake Temperature Modeling Project



Woolway RI, ID Jones, DP Hamilton, SC Maberly, K Muraoka, JS Read, RL Smyth, LA Winslow. 2015. Automated calculation of surface energy fluxes with high-frequency lake buoy data. Environmental Modelling and Software. 70: 191-198. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.04.013

Winslow LA, JS Read, GA Hansen, PC Hanson. 2015. Small lakes show muted climate change signal in deep-water temperatures. Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2014GL062325


Read JS, EK Read, KC Rose, LA Winslow. in press. A method for estimating the diffuse attenuation coefficient (KdPAR) from paired temperature sensors. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. doi:10.1002/lom3.2014.12.10006

Winslow LA, HA Dugan, HN Buelow, KD Cronin, JC Priscu, C Vesbach, and PT Doran (2014), Autonomous Year-Round Sampling and Sensing to Explore the Physical and Biological Habitability of Permanently Ice-Covered Antarctic Lakes, Marine Technology Society Journal 48(5), 8-17

Van Den Hoek J, JS Read, LA Winslow, P Montesano, CD Markfort. 2014. Examining the utility of satellite-based wind sheltering estimates for lake hydrodynamic modeling. Remote Sensing of Environment. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.10.024

Winslow LA, JS Read, PC Hanson, EH Stanley. 2014. A framework for combining lake population morphology and process to build lake population-scale models. Inland Waters. 5: 7-14. doi:10.5268/IW-5.1.740

Read JS, Winslow LA, Hansen GJA, Van Den Hoek J, Hanson PC, Bruce LC, & Markfort CD (2014). Simulating 2,368 temperate lakes reveals weak coherence in stratification phenology. Ecological Modelling, In Press, 1–27. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.07.029

Rose, KC, Winslow, LA, Read, JS, Read, EK, Solomon, CT, Adrian, R, & Hanson, PC (2014). Improving the precision of lake ecosystem metabolism estimates by identifying predictors of model uncertainty. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 12, 303–312. doi:10.4319/lom.2014.12.303

Winslow LA, Read JS, Hanson PC, Stanley EH (2014) Lake shoreline in the contiguous United States: quantity, distribution and sensitivity to observation resolution. Freshw Biol 1: 1. doi:10.1111/fwb.12258.

Rose, KC, Winslow, LA, Read, JS, Read, EK, Solomon, CT, Adrian, R, & Hanson, PC (2014). Improving the precision of lake ecosystem metabolism estimates by identifying predictors of model uncertainty. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 12, 303–312. doi:10.4319/lom.2014.12.303


Kara EL, Hanson PC, Hu YH, Winslow LA, McMahon KD (2012) A decade of seasonal dynamics and co-occurrences within freshwater bacterioplankton communities from eutrophic Lake Mendota, WI, USA. The ISME journal: 1–5. Available:

Kara EL, PC Hanson, DP Hamilton, M Hipsey, KD McMahon, JS Read, LA Winslow, J Dedrick, KC Rose, CC Carey, S Bertilsson, D Motta-Marques, L Beversdorf, T Miller, CH Wu, YF Hsieh, E Gaiser, TK Kratz. (2012) Timescale dependence in numerical simulations: Assessment of physical, chemical, and biological predictions in a stratified lake from scales of hours to months. Environmental Modelling & Software.


Read, JS, DP Hamilton, ID Jones, K Muraoka, LA Winslow, R Kroiss, CH Wu, E Gaiser (2011), Derivation of lake mixing and stratification indices from high-resolution lake buoy data, Environmental Modeling and Software, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.05.006.


Benson BJ, Winslow LA, PW Arzberger, CC Carey, T Fountain, PC Hanson, TK Kratz, S Tilak (2008). Meeting the challenges of an international grassroots organization of sites deploying sensor networks: the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON). Proceedings of the Environmental Information Management Conference (33-38).

Winslow LA, BJ Benson, KE Chiu, PC Hanson, TK Kratz (2008). Vega: A Flexible Data Model for Environmental Time Series Data. Ecological Information Management Conference (166-171).


Tilak S, PW Arzberger, BJ Benson, R Bhalerao, K Chiu, T Fountain, DP Hamilton, PC Hanson, TK Kratz, FP Lin, LA Winslow (2007). Conceptual Challenges and Practical Issues in Building The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network. ISSNIP07 conference proceedings.

Hanson PC, SR Carpenter, JA Cardille, MT Cole, LA Winslow (2007). Small lakes dominate a random sample of regional lake characteristics. Freshwater Biology, 52(5), 814-822.



Winslow LA, JS Read, J Van Den Hoek, C Markfort. “If sunlight hits a lake and no one is around to measure it, does it have a temperature?” Center for Limnology Seminar Series, Madison, Wisconsin, October 2013

Winslow, LA "Lakes, income, and asteroids. When fat-tailed distributions attack!" Science Happens in Taverns, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2013

Winslow LA, JS Read, PC Hanson, EH Stanley. “Estimating U.S. Terrestrial-Aquatic Organic Carbon Flux” ASLO 2013, New Orleans, LA, USA February 2013


Winslow LA, JS Read, PC Hanson, EH Stanley. “Modeling lakes as a population: Parsimonious power-law based models of lake size-distribution morphology and process” Talk at NALMS 2012, Madison, WI, USA 2012

Winslow LA “Everylake USA: If every lake in the United States were combined into a single lake, how would it look?” Poster at GLEON14, Mulranny Ireland, 2012

Winslow LA "Lakes on this World" Expeditionary Science Presentation Series, Science Expeditions 2012, Madison Wisconsin, April 2012

Winslow LA "Global Limnology: Understanding the role lakes play on our Earth" PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) UW Continuing Studies, Madison, WI, April 2012


Winslow LA "Lessons from History: How understanding technical and social history of the internet and software can help lead us to a new golden age of data sharing" 14th World Lake Conference, Austin Texas, November 2011

Winslow LA, PC Hanson, D Pierson. "Workshop on Automated Monitoring and High-Frequency Data Analysis" Erken Laboratory, Sweden, July 2011

Winslow LA, JS Read "Size Distribution of Lakes in the United States" Center for Limnology Seminar Series, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2011

Winslow LA, JS Read, EL Kara. "Introduction to GLEON Databases. Graduate student training session" GLEON 12, Ramot, Israel, April 2011


Winslow, LA “Spectrophotometric look at DOC: Down the Rabbit Hole” Center for Limnology Seminar Series, Madison, Wisconsin, March 2010


Winslow, LA “GLEON: A Model for Grassroots Data Management” Pan-American Sensors for Environmental Observatories Workshop, Bahia Blanca, Argentina, March, 2009

Winslow, LA “Grassroots Software for a Grassroots Network” GLEON 8 Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, February 2009


Winslow, LA “New Developments in Data Access for GLEON” Environmental Information Management Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 2008

Winslow, LA “Accessing GLEON Network Data” GLEON 7 Student Workshop, Norrtälje, Sweden, Sept 2008