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CMU’s Ian Davison appointed to Great Lakes Commission

College of Science and Technology dean represents Michigan, adds aquatic, fisheries expertise

Contact: Curt Smith


​Ian Davison, dean of Central Michigan University's College of Science and Technology and interim vice president of CMU's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, has been appointed to the Great Lakes Commission, an interstate agency that oversees the development, use, and conservation of Great Lakes Basin water resources, including the St. Lawrence River.

According to Kathleen Wilbur, CMU vice president of development and external relations, Davison, a biology professor, is the first person from CMU to be appointed to the commission, where he will add his extensive aquatic and fisheries expertise.

"Ian has provided tremendous leadership and advocacy for Great Lakes research at CMU," Wilbur said. "He has a strong understanding and wealth of experience in both the scientific research and public policy aspects of Great Lakes issues and is an excellent choice for representing Michigan on the Great Lakes Commission."

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Davison and Institute for Great Lakes Research scientists Andrew Mahon, Kevin Pangle and Don Uzarski testified before the Michigan House of Representative's Natural Resources Committee on March 17. They spoke about how CMU research being conducted in the Great Lakes Basin and abroad — through a collaborative partnership with Jiangxi Normal University in China — is helping to protect Great Lakes coastal wetlands and the lakes from the growing threat of invasive species.

Named by Kevin Cotter, speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and 99th district state representative, Davison is one of five appointed commissioners representing Michigan.​

"Ian has been deeply involved for years at CMU in efforts to learn more about and protect our Great Lakes," Cotter said. "Scientists in CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research are leaders in the study of Michigan's natural resources and understand how important the Great Lakes are to the community and the people who use them. Ian has played a large role in advancing the institute's research and will bring that commitment and long-term focus to the Great Lakes Commission."

Along with more than 60 other commissioners and alternate commissioners from the U.S. and Canada, Davison will work closely with many partner agencies to address Great Lakes issues in six broad program areas:

  • clean energy and climate;
  • water-dependent economy and infrastructure;
  • invasive species;
  • water resources management;
  • water quality and ecosystem health; and
  • habitat and coastal management.

Under Davison's leadership, CMU has become a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes, with more than 20 faculty in the Institute for Great Lakes Research supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. A $95 million Biosciences Building is due to be completed in 2016 and will provide enhanced infrastructure to support faculty and student research and classes.

"I am honored to be appointed to the Great Lakes Commission by Speaker Cotter and look forward to continuing CMU's leadership in integrating scientific information in the sustainable management of the Great Lakes," Davison said.

Established in 1955 through the Great Lakes Compact, the Great Lakes Commission is comprised of members from the eight Great Lakes states — Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — with associate members from the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Québec. Each jurisdiction appoints a delegation of three to five members — comprised of senior agency officials, legislators and/or appointees of the governor or premier — who provide policy development, coordination and advocacy on issues of regional concern, as well as communication and research services.


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