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Donald Uzarski appointed to Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research

Institute for Great Lakes Research, Biological Station director adds wetland ecology expertise

Contact: Curt Smith

​​Donald Uzarski, director of Central Michigan University's Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, has been appointed to the management council of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research. It is one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 16 cooperative institutes that exists to foster partnerships between universities and NOAA in the Great Lakes region.

Uzarski, a biology professor, is one of fifteen appointed members — and the first person from CMU — to be appointed to CILER's management council, where he will add his extensive wetland and ecosystem ecology and nutrient cycling expertise. Other members include directors of Great Lakes Sea Grant programs and university institutes, NOAA senior scientists, and senior university faculty from CILER's university consortium.

"Central Michigan University's Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island have researchers performing advanced Great Lakes research," said Ian Davison, dean of CMU's College of Science and Technology and interim vice president of CMU's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. "Don is in charge of overseeing a $10 million EPA grant to protect Great Lakes coastal wetlands and is an excellent addition to CILER's management council."

As a council member, Uzarski will provide reviews and recommendations on the scientific direction of CILER and help facilitate opportunities for collaboration. He will help select the CILER Postdoctoral Fellowship Award recipients and also will work closely with collaborators and nonconsortium partners to address Great Lakes issues in five research areas:

  • Great Lakes observing and forecasting;
  • invasive species;
  • protection and restoration of ecosystem services;
  • ecological risk assessment; and
  • education and outreach.

 Under Uzarski's direction, 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 CILER's management council and look forward to contributing insights and my Great Lakes expertise in conservation and restoration efforts," Uzarski said.

Established in 1989 and located at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, CILER brings together Great Lakes science and outreach experts. Since 2007, nine consortium universities — Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Toledo and the University of Wisconsin — have worked with collaborators, including nonconsortium partners and marine coastal communities from around the Great Lakes, to support more than 100 projects that total approximately $18 million in research funding.

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