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

Institute for Great Lakes Research scientists testify before the Michigan House of Representative's Natural Resources Committee

IGLR scientists, Andrew Mahon, Kevin Pangle and Don Uzarski testified on March 17th. They spoke about how...


Scientists: invasive snail more prevalent than thought.

The invasive snail, native to Europe, poses a threat to native snails and to waterfowl.


Biology Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Tracy Galarowicz, talks about Great Lakes spawning reef restoration efforts.

Recently shown on Detroit Public Television.


CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research scientists identify spread of invasive species.

Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research is at the forefront of detecting, tracking and mapping the spread of invasive species including faucet snails, a small invader that threatens waterfowl in the large Great Lakes coastal wetlands ecosystem.