Building on the research expertise of current faculty and resources available on campus and through the
CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island
, CMU has identified research on the Great Lakes ecosystems as an area of strength and has committed to developing an institute to catalyze growth in both research and education.
Since a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to understand the complex issues surrounding the ecology of the Great Lakes, the IGLR draws faculty and students from a variety of academic departments for collaborative research projects.
The institute also provides a point of contact and supplies information for external institutions and agencies interested in drawing on CMU's expertise for Great Lakes research.