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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 at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. The island was recently named one of the best island getaways in the continental U.S. by CBS News, so check out the classes being offered and sign up today!


Using fish ear bones to help protect coastal wetlands

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.


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Exploration, adventure and college… on an island

Imagine what it would be like exploring the natural environment while earning college credit on an island in northern Lake Michigan. You can at the CMU Biological Station.

Whatever course you choose, your CMUBS experience will include discovering extraordinarily varied natural habitats on this 58-square-mile island northwest of Charlevoix. You’ll explore both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, accessible but relatively untouched by human development. You’ll survey freshwater ecosystems of the Great Lakes basin and return to study your findings in CMU’s new state-of-the-art James C. Gillingham Academic Center.

Whether on the island or navigating the clear-blue surrounding Great Lakes waters, you’ll be joined on Beaver Island by CMU’s most curious, creative and motivated students and faculty members. 

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