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The Institute for Great Lakes Research @ CMU

​​​​​​​The Great Lakes contain nearly Institute for Great Lakes Research 20% of the world's surface fresh water and the Institute for Great Lakes Research (IGLR) takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the complex environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes basin. This area includes associated ecosystems such as tributaries, wetlands, and coastal regions, as well as the lakes themselves.

The IGLR is committed to promoting and facilitating collaborative research and education on the Great Lakes. We partner with other institutions and agencies to leverage our expertise and training.

IGLR faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts on coastal wetlands, conservation genetics, fisheries, invasive species, limnology, aquatic population modeling, microbial ecology, landscape ecology, and geographic information sciences. External agencies supporting research include the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Sea Grant.​

 News and Events

CMU part of group receiving $20 million to keep tabs on Great Lakes

Biologist says grant cements university's role as key research institution


Waist-deep in wetlands for research

Graduate student uncovers evidence for change in Great Lakes management


Game-changing research examines Great Lakes contaminants

How pharmaceuticals, shampoo and chemicals could affect freshwater mussels and our water