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A Message from CIGLR’s Director, Dr. Bradley Cardinale

This week, CIGLR welcomed its annual cohort of Great Lakes Summer Fellows and I couldn’t help but reflect on my first research experiences in the Great Lakes. Each day that I spent in Great Lakes coastal wetlands surrounded by their amazing biology was an adventure, one that I had never seen or experienced as a boy growing up in a water deprived state like Arizona. READ MORE

CIGLR Impacts the Great Lakes

Check out our new Impacts Poster! 

In the last decade, we have:

  • Supported > 750 jobs 
  • Invested > $48 million in health & safety
  • Committed $10 million to clean drinking water
  • Prepared 590 people for STEM careers
  • Dedicated $6 million to advanced technology
  • Devoted $3 million to invasive species research
  • Focused $5 million on forecasts for human safety
  • Welcome CIGLR Assistant Research Scientist, Dr. Casey Godwin

  • CIGLR Awards Rapid Funding for Meteotsunami Research and Detection

  • CIGLR Co-hosts the 4th Annual ELPC Science-Policy Confluence Conference

  • 2018 CIGLR Summit Series 


Welcome 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows!

Each year, CIGLR has the pleasure of hosting a group of bright, upcoming scientists as part of our Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program. During the course of their 12-week fellowship, students are exposed to a broad range of disciplines while working on a substantive research topic under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist. READ MORE

"CIGLR Minute" Video Series

CIGLR’s video campaign called the “CIGLR Minute” features our institute’s scientists, projects and partners. Three new short video segments were produced this spring and include highlights of our research, as well as our outreach and engagement throughout the Great Lakes region. READ MORE


Graduate Research Fellowship Update
Carbon Cycling in a Great Lake’s Estuary – Muskegon Lake
Katie Knapp (Dr. Bopi Biddanda), Grand Valley State University

Worldwide, lake ecosystems account for a minor percentage of Earth’s surface area when compared to terrestrial and oceanic biomes, yet they process a significant amount of the global carbon pool – a factor that is missed by most global carbon models. As climate change becomes a more central issue, understanding the global carbon budget and how it influences global warming is crucial. Katie Knapp a 2017-2018 CIGLR Graduate Research Fellow (Grand Valley State University) has found that the Muskegon Lake Estuary ecosystem serves as an annual sink for atmospheric CO2 and is working to provide a better understanding of carbon cycling in Great Lakes coastal ecosystems, such as lakes and estuaries, with the goal of applying her methods and results globally.  READ MORE

GLANSIS: A Database of Aquatic Invaders for Scientists and Citizens Alike

Of all the challenges facing the Great Lakes in recent decades, the prevention and management of invasive species has generated significant ongoing public concern. As of 2018, more than 180 aquatic nonindigenous species are already established in the Great Lakes region, where many of them damage environmental, economic, and human health. GLANSIS (Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Information System) serves as an information hub for a wide variety of users providing resources for scientific and management professionals, citizens and stakeholders to identify, report, and help stop the spread of aquatic invaders in the Great Lakes. READ MORE

Journal Article Highlights
Chiang, E., M.L. Schmidt, M.A. Berry, B.A. Biddanda, A. Burtner, T.H. Johengen, D. Palladino, V.J. Denef. 2018. Verrucomicrobia are prevalent in north-temperate freshwater lakes and display class-level preferences between lake habitats. PLOS One. (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0195112).

Hawley, N., D. Beletsky and J. Wang. 2018. Ice thickness measurements in Lake Erie during the winter of 2010-2011. Journal of Great Lakes Research. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2018.04.004).

News Media Highlights
GLANSIS: A ‘one-stop shop’ for information on aquatic invaders, Michigan State University Extension, 2/25/2018

Testing The Waters: Specialists at U-M’s Cooperative Institute For Great Lakes Research are Getting Out of the Lab and Onto the Lakes, Enlisting Those Whose Livelihoods Depend on Clean Water, Michigan Alumnus Magazine, 3/19/2018

Algal blooms harder to control because of climate change, other factors, data shows, The Blade, 5/1/2018

Kapszukiewicz goes after Farm Bureau, legislature at algae conference, The Blade, 5/2/2018
U.S. Rep. Dingell: I tried to sway Kasich to move faster on Lake Erie's impairment, The Blade, 5/2/2018


As one of 16 NOAA Cooperative Institutes, CIGLR helps NOAA accomplish its goals for research and management of the Laurentian Great Lakes by leading exciting new research efforts, training the next generation of Great Lakes scientists, expanding NOAA research in the Great Lakes through our Consortium, and translating research into actionable science to meet societal needs. Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is our primary NOAA sponsor and home of CIGLR research personnel.

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