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

23rd North American Diatom Symposium

September 9-13 at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island


DEQ awards grants to protect Great Lakes

CMU received the largest single amount


Research, impact and opportunity on Beaver Island. A special series highlighting CMU's Biological Station

Thousands of people are spending their summer enjoying the beaches and waters of the Great Lakes. At the same time...


CMU researchers look to control Great Lakes invasive species

Researchers at CMU's Biological Station on Beaver Island are working hard on...