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 researchers look to control Great Lakes invasive species

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


On the Map: Beaver Island CMU facility

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research...


Great Lakes Research exhibit showcases university research

Faculty in the IGLR displayed their work to the public for the first time...


Donald Uzarski appointed to Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research

IGLR and Biological Station director adds wetland ecology expertise