News and Events

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Seminar: Population Dynamics and Behavior of African Hyenas
  • ​​8-9pm
  • 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 (except where noted) and are FREE to the public. 
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Seminar: Chemistry in the Environment
  • TBD
  • 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 (except where noted) and are FREE to the public. ​
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Field Trip: Bottom Dwellers of Whisky Point
  • 9am-Noon
  • Dr. Lindsey Reisinger, Central Michigan University
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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 (except for Children's Field Trips which does NOT include lunch and cost is $10). All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
​​Seminar: "The Global Freshwater Crisis" and "Pacific Salmon in Native Alaska and Introduced Great Lakes Ecosystems: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
  • 7-8pm
  • Dr. Gary Lamberti, Notre Dame
  • 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 (except where noted) and are FREE to the public. ​
​Saturday, July 16, 2016
Scientific Cruise on the MV Chippewa with Dr. Don Uzarski, Central Michigan University
  • 1-3pm or 3-5pm
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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. 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Seminar: Lessons from an Ongoing Great Lakes Native Fish Spawning Reefs Restoration Program
  • 1-2pm
  • Dr. Lindsay Chadderton, The Nature Conservancy
  • 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 (except where noted) and are FREE to the public. 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
CMUBS Open House Reception - 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • 6pm
  • RSVP information coming soon, please check back again
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Field Trip: Children's Field Trip
  • 9am-Noon
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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 (except for Children's Field Trips which does NOT include lunch and cost is $10). All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Field Trip: Children's Field Trip
  • 9a​m-Noon
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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 (except for Children's Field Trips which does NOT include lunch and cost is $10). All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Field Trip: Filtered Lakes: Clearer Waters Lead to Dirty Bottoms
  • 9am-Noon
  • Dr. Daelyn Woolnough and Dr. David Zanatta, Central Michigan University
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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 (except for Children's Field Trips which does NOT include lunch and cost is $10). All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Field Trip: Beaver Island's Inland Lakes: Lake History, Cultural Significance, and Biological Interactions
  • 9am-Noon
  • Dan Benjamin, Central Michigan University
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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 (except for Children's Field Trips which does NOT include lunch and cost is $10). All proceeds are donated to the Beaver Island Historical Society.​​
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Scientific Cruise on the MV Chippewa with Dr. Don Uzarski, Central Michigan University
  • 1-3pm or 3-5pm
  • Please RSVP for all field trips and scientific cruises by calling Pinky Harmon at (231)-448-2461
  • 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. ​

​Sign up for summer courses on Beaver Island

Are you a student looking to get courses in over the summer? If so, consider taking some on Beaver Island - "America's Emerald Isle" - in northern Lake Michigan! Home to the CMU Biological Station, Beaver Island was recently named one of the best island getaways in the continental U.S. by CBS News. Click here to watch the video.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the classes being offered and sign up for your island adventure today! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Gordon, CMU Biological Station Manager at (989) 774-4400 or cmubs@cmich.edu.


Using fish ear bones to help protect coastal wetlands

September 30, 2013 - Don Uzarski, CMU professor of biology and director of CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Biological Station, and his research team are reading information stored in the ear bones (otoliths) of fish to track fish movements. 

The otoliths in fish grow daily in layers, similar to rings in a tree trunk. Biology graduate student Lee Schoen and Jim Student, director of the Center for Elemental and Isotopic Analysis in the CMU College of Science and Technology, are taking thin slices of the otoliths and running them through a laser-equipped mass spectrometer, which picks up trace elements that the ear bones integrate from surrounding water, enabling the researchers to track the fish's pattern of visits to particular coastal wetlands.

Uzarski says, "We're basically trying to find out exactly how important these coastal wetlands are to the overall energy base or food web of the entire Great Lakes ecosystem." 

Their research aims to provide the hard data necessary for better choices to be made about managing, restoring and protecting the Great Lakes basin's coastal wetlands. 

Learn more: http://bit.ly/18FC4GS

​CMU unveils new Great Lakes research vessel

June 21, 2013 - Central Michigan Photo of the MV Chippewa on the waterUniversity students and faculty are able to increase their scientific research on the Great Lakes thanks to the purchase of a 38-foot vessel by the CMU College of Science and Technology.

Don Uzarski, director of CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research, said students studying areas of science from ecology to botany will benefit from the utilization of the RV Chippewa.

"With respect to Great Lakes research, this was one of the last pieces of the puzzle to get us out into that open water of the lakes that we couldn't do before with smaller vessels," Uzarski said. "We're very strong in research in wetlands and in the nearshore region; now we're hoping to take it out to the offshore."

The vessel will help further the work of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, which recently received a $10 million federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct Great Lakes wetlands preservation research alongside a team from nine other universities and three government agencies.

"I have about 20 faculty who study various aspects of the Great Lakes with a goal of understanding the ecology of these vital ecosystems," said Ian Davison, dean of the CMU College of Science and Technology. "This vessel will enhance their capacity to provide the information that is needed to protect and preserve them."