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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.​

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is looking forward to continuing its work in 2017


Great Lakes coastal wetlands mapping tool expands access to environmental data

Interactive website aids wetland management, protection and restoration


Beaver Island Boat Company lends ferry to Central Michigan University Researchers

Researchers from CMU's IGLR will be collecting data from the Great Lakes and using part of...