Don Uzarski
Department of Biology
Director, CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research
Director, CMU Biological Station
Ecosystem, Wetland, & Great Lakes Ecology, Limnology, Conservation
Biosciences 2410

Dr. Don Uzarski, CMU Professor of Biology, serves as the Director of CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and Biological Station on Beaver Island, MI. He is a limnologist and aquatic ecologist with a focus on measures of ecosystem health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.

Uzarski leads a 10-year $20 million Great Lakes coastal wetland-monitoring program for the US EPA. He can speak to a wide range of topics including human impacts on waterways, indicators of ecosystem health, pollution and runoff and the overall health of the Great Lakes.


  • B.S., Grand Valley State University, 1992
  • M.S., Central Michigan University, 1995
  • Ph.D., (Dual), Michigan State University, 1999

Teaching Areas

  • Wetland Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Multivariate Statistics

Research Fields

  • Wetland Ecology
  • Great Lakes Ecology
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Ecosystem Ecology

Current Research Projects

I am a limnologist and aquatic ecologist. My research interests include measures of ecosystem health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands using indices of biotic integrity. My lab has developed indices of biotic integrity for inland depressional and Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Our work most often involves investigations of the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on community composition and the relationships of land use/land cover to chemical/physical variables and lentic and lotic biota.