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

EPA awards CMU $20 million in six years for Great Lakes research

Second $10 million coastal wetlands grant to help protect the lakes’ future and economy of 8 states and 2 Canadian provinces


Mussel relocation aids dam removal pr​​oject in mid-Michigan

Removing obsolete, unsafe and unnecessary dams from...


CMU's custom-designed research tanks

replicate Great Lakes Ecosystems


Lyons Dam: Mussels on the move

A biology expert from CMU offered insight into the process for...