Institute for Great Lakes Research

We're committed to promoting and facilitating collaborative research and education on the Great Lakes by partnering with other institutions and agencies to leverage our expertise and training.

Central Michigan University is the recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes by overseeing our 2nd $10 million EPA grant since 2010 to conduct Great Lakes research and allocate funds through this grant to nine other universities and three governmental agencies.

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts on coastal wetlands, conservation genetics, fisheries, invasive species, limnology, aquatic population modeling, microbial ecology, landscape ecology, climate variability and change, environmental biotechnology, hydrogeology, cultural and historical geography, and geographic information sciences.

(Our students are waist deep in Great Lakes coastal wetland monitoring. They check for fish and macroinvertebrates, as well as test water quality. Data is collected as part of a USGS-funded complementary project to CMU’s 10 year multi-institution EPA-funded project monitoring wetland health across the Great Lakes basin.)

External agencies supporting research include the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy, and the Sea Grant.​​

Student researcher in wetsuit holding a mussel