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June 20, 2017 - Seminar: "Shedding light on microbial driven biogeochemical cycles in Lake Superior sediment"

  • 7-8pm
  • Dr. Cody Sheik
  • Earth’s large lakes are important, unique aquatic ecosystems, yet little is known of the microbial life that drives biogeochemical cycles, especially in sediments. In Lake Superior, water column productivity is limited by phosphorus and iron, creating oligotrophic water and sediments that are low in organic matter. Yet, these sediments are biogeochemically active and have oxygen consumption rates akin to pelagic ocean sediments. Thus, these large oligotrophic lakes provide an unique and interesting biogeochemical contrast to highly productive freshwater and coastal marine systems. Dr. Cody Sheik, from the University of Minnesota, will show and discuss preliminary work on the microbes of Lake Superior and how they influence geochemistry of the sediments.
    • All Seminars will be held in the James C. Gillingham Academic Center located at CMU Biological Station’s main campus at 33850 East Side Drive. Seminars begin at 7PM and are FREE to the public. 


June 28, 2017 - Seminar: "Patterns of fish distribution in Lake Michigan drowned river mouth"

  • 7-8pm
  • Dr. Carl Ruetz III
  • During extremely low water levels, thousands of years ago, rivers eroded broad ravines at their confluence with the Great Lakes. As water levels rose, these eroded areas back filled and flooded with water creating coastal lakes between tributaries and Lake Michigan along its eastern shore. These drowned river mouth lakes are extremely fertile and are influenced by water levels and conditions occurring in Lake Michigan, providing unique habitat for fish communities. Dr. Carl Ruetz, of Grand Valley State University, will demonstrate spatial and temporal patterns in fish distribution throughout these systems. 
    • All Seminars will be held in the James C. Gillingham Academic Center located at CMU Biological Station’s main campus at 33850 East Side Drive. Seminars begin at 7PM and are FREE to the public. 


July 11, 2017 - Seminar: "Living to the Extreme: how freshwater organisms survive and thrive in arsenic and antimony contaminated waters"

  • 7-8pm
  • Dr. Meghan Dovick
  • Arsenic and antimony are toxic metalloids and human carcinogens.  Activities, such as mining and smelting, can contaminate the surrounding environment with these toxic pollutants making it extremely dangerous to humans and most organisms. However, certain organisms are resilient and even thrive in such extreme environments.  In this talk, we explore how Boreal Toad tadpoles (Anaxyrus boreas) are able to tolerate and accumulate record high amounts of arsenic and antimony throughout metamorphosis with little to no apparent effect.  In addition, we will discuss how the microorganisms in this system are “living” on arsenic and antimony and ultimately how they are influencing the geochemical cycling of these toxic metalloids.
    • All Seminars will be held in the James C. Gillingham Academic Center located at CMU Biological Station’s main campus at 33850 East Side Drive. Seminars begin at 7PM and are FREE to the public. 


July 15, 2017 - Scientific Cruise on the M.V. Chippewa

  • 1pm
  • Due to popular demand, we are continuing to offer 4 scientific cruises this summer. Join our Director and Captain, Dr.  Don Uzarski, as he takes participants out of Paradise Bay aboard CMU's M.V. Chippewa. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on as we deploy scientific equipment into Lake Michigan and collect live samples using a 10'plankton net, ponar bottom sampler, CTD water sampler, and more! Data collected by participants on these cruises will be added to our long-term monitoring dataset. Space is limited to nine participants per cruise, so sign up today!
    • Participants will meet at Whiskey Point at CMU’s Boathouse/the old Coast Guard Station. Cost is $25, lunch is NOT included. All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society. 
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461


July 15, 2017 - Scientific Cruise on the M.V. Chippewa

  • 3pm
  • Due to popular demand, we are continuing to offer 4 scientific cruises this summer. Join our Director and Captain, Dr.  Don Uzarski, as he takes participants out of Paradise Bay aboard CMU's M.V. Chippewa. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on as we deploy scientific equipment into Lake Michigan and collect live samples using a 10'plankton net, ponar bottom sampler, CTD water sampler, and more! Data collected by participants on these cruises will be added to our long-term monitoring dataset. Space is limited to nine participants per cruise, so sign up today!
    • Participants will meet at Whiskey Point at CMU’s Boathouse/the old Coast Guard Station. Cost is $25, lunch is NOT included. All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society. 
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461


July 19, 2017 - Seminar: "Your body in flight during World War II"

  • 7-8pm
  • Dr. Jay Dean
  • The air war of 1939-45 was a medical war… an “aero medical war”. In other words, the limiting factor in aerial combat operations was the pilot and aircrew’s inability to withstand the adverse atmospheric conditions and physical forces they were being subjected to during high-altitude flight operations. Dr. Jay Dean will present the exciting story of how America’s aero medical scientists learned to protect the health of the high-altitude warfighter during WW II. He will present images and anecdotes from previously unpublished reports and movies he has pulled from the archives of numerous universities, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., and scores of military files. The accomplishments of America’s aviation physiologists during the air war of 1939-1945 played a significant role in the Allies’ gaining air superiority and ultimate victory in WW II. The protective countermeasures and practices they developed would lay the foundation for the new discipline of aerospace medicine in the jet age and space age the soon followed in the postwar era.
    • All Seminars will be held in the James C. Gillingham Academic Center located at CMU Biological Station’s main campus at 33850 East Side Drive. Seminars begin at 7PM and are FREE to the public.


July 20, 2017 - Children's Field Trip: Miller's Marsh

  • 9am-Noon
  • Mr. John Gordon and Ms. Jessica Kosiara ($10)
  • Our annual field trip for kids continues as part of Museum Week. Kids of all ages are welcome! Parents/guardians of young children may also join CMUBS staff as we tour the wetlands, fields, and forests of CMU's Miller's Marsh. Kids will capture live snakes, use dip-nets to collect aquatic insects, learn about the impacts of exotic and invasive species, and much more! 
    • Cost of the Children's Field Trip is just $10 and does NOT include lunch. All proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Historical Society. 
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461


July 21, 2017 - Children's Field Trip: Miller's Marsh

  • 9am-Noon
  • Mr. John Gordon and Ms. Jessica Kosiara ($10)
  • Our annual field trip for kids continues as part of Museum Week. Kids of all ages are welcome! Parents/guardians of young children may also join CMUBS staff as we tour the wetlands, fields, and forests of CMU's Miller's Marsh. Kids will capture live snakes, use dip-nets to collect aquatic insects, learn about the impacts of exotic and invasive species, and much more! 
    • Cost of the Children's Field Trip is just $10 and does NOT include lunch. All proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Historical Society. 
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461


July 15, 2017 - Beaver Island's Inland Lakes

  • 9am-Noon
  • Mr. Dan Benjamin ($25, Lunch Provided)
  • Beaver’s six inland lakes vary widely in their chemical, physical, and biological makeup. Join the island’s most knowledgeable field guide, Dan Benjamin, as he guides participants through the history and the mechanisms driving such great diversity in such a small area. Benjamin has taught classes at CMUBS, led numerous field trips, and has a vested interest in the natural and cultural history of the Beaver Archipelago. Though the focus is inland lakes, Dan’s extensive aquatic and terrestrial field experience allows for new learning opportunities every year! A great trip for both new and returning participants!
    • All field trips will start at 9AM from the CMU Biological Station’s main campus at 33850 East Side Drive. Participants will return to the field station at approximately 12:00PM. Cost is $25, lunch is included. All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society.
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461


August 5, 2017 - Scientific Cruise on the M.V. Chippewa

  • 1pm
  • Due to popular demand, we are continuing to offer 4 scientific cruises this summer. Join our Director and Captain, Dr.  Don Uzarski, as he takes participants out of Paradise Bay aboard CMU's M.V. Chippewa. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on as we deploy scientific equipment into Lake Michigan and collect live samples using a 10'plankton net, ponar bottom sampler, CTD water sampler, and more! Data collected by participants on these cruises will be added to our long-term monitoring dataset. Space is limited to nine participants per cruise, so sign up today!
    • Participants will meet at Whiskey Point at CMU’s Boathouse/the old Coast Guard Station. Cost is $25, lunch is NOT included. All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society. 
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461


August 5, 2017 - Scientific Cruise on the M.V. Chippewa

  • 3pm
  • Due to popular demand, we are continuing to offer 4 scientific cruises this summer. Join our Director and Captain, Dr.  Don Uzarski, as he takes participants out of Paradise Bay aboard CMU's M.V. Chippewa. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on as we deploy scientific equipment into Lake Michigan and collect live samples using a 10'plankton net, ponar bottom sampler, CTD water sampler, and more! Data collected by participants on these cruises will be added to our long-term monitoring dataset. Space is limited to nine participants per cruise, so sign up today!
    • Participants will meet at Whiskey Point at CMU’s Boathouse/the old Coast Guard Station. Cost is $25, lunch is NOT included. All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society. 
    • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon, Phone #: 231-448-2461

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