Research

Independently or in teams, IGLR faculty have developed successful research programs through traditional departments exploring the Great Lakes and associated ecosystems. The Institute provides a centralized location for developing collaborations to harness this expertise with a multidisciplinary approach. Faculty members in the IGLR include nationally and internationally recognized experts on:

  • Coastal wetlands
  • Conservation genetics
  • Fisheries
  • Invasive species
  • Limnology
  • Aquatic population modeling
  • Microbial ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Geographic Information Technologies (GPS, Remote Sensing, Cartography, GIS)

Current Funded CMU IGLR Projects

Implementing Gull Exclusion at Public Beaches, 2012-2014
Environmental Protection Agency ($247,159)

Gulls at Great Lakes beaches impair water quality and are an emerging public health and economic issue for coastal communities. This project will implement border collies as a cost-effective, public-friendly gull exclusion tool that will reduce beach closings related to gull-driven microbial impairments to beach quality. Gull exclusion success will be measured as: 1) reduced numbers of gulls in dog treatment beach zones; 2) reduced levels of E. coli and zoonotic pathogens in dog-treatment beach zones; and 3) reduced numbers of gull-related complaints that beach managers receive.

GLIC Implementing Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring, 2010-2015
Environmental Protection Agency ($10,000,000)

In a major collaboration with leading scientists around the Great Lakes, Dr. Donald Uzarski will lead the implementation of the first-ever basin-wide Great Lakes coastal wetland monitoring program. Site selection, data collection/storage, and analysis will follow scientifically-sound protocols developed by the GLCWC and GLEI projects.

Fish, invertebrate, bird, amphibian, and plant communities, along with water quality variables, will be assessed. Over 5 years, we will sample the majority of the coastal wetland complexes sampleable using GLCWC protocols. The result will be a robust and sustainable long-term monitoring program producing scientifically-defensible wetland condition assessments.

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