Great Lakes Conference at MSU to address challenges affecting the Great Lakes basin
Celebrating 25 years, the Great Lakes Conference will return for ANR Week at MSU to inform the public on the importance of conserving our Great Lakes.
Michigan State University will be bringing back the Great Lakes Conference as part of their annual ANR Week. This year’s Great Lakes Conference will be held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 2015 conference is sponsored by the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; MSU Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University Extension; Michigan Sea Grant; Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and US Geological Survey.
The Great Lakes continually face a complexity of important issues, including restoration efforts, impacts of agriculture, ecology and economies, harmful algal blooms, salmon populations, tributary dam removals, and the status of amphibians and reptiles. Scientists and policy makers throughout the Great Lakes basin are currently addressing these issues. This conference will address some of these key topic areas and highlight some of the latest research, management and educational efforts that are being developed to assess these Great Lakes issues.
Workshop presentations will include:
- Cleanup and Recovery of the Detroit River as a Microcosm of the Great Lakes: John Hartig, Refuge Manager, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit.
- Future of Agriculture with respect to Global Water and Food Production: Jamie Clover-Adams, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lansing.
- Ecological and Economic Importance of Lake Erie and the Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms: Chris Winslow, Associate Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program and the OSU F.T. Stone Laboratory, Columbus, OH.
- Habitats at Risk - Potential for Aquatic Plant Invasion: Phyllis Higman, Senior Conservation Scientist and Botanist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Lansing.
- Naturalized Pacific Salmon in the Great Lakes: Have We Lost Control? – Randall M. Claramunt, Fisheries Research Specialist, Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Charlevoix.
- Connectivity of Tributaries for Fish and Dam Removal: Tammy Newcomb, Senior Water Policy Advisor, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Great Lakes Fisheries Trust Scientific Advisory Team, Lansing.
- Conservation and Restoration of Amphibians and Reptiles in the Great Lakes: David Mifsud, Herpetologist/Wetland Ecologist, Herpetological Resources and Management, Chelsea.
The conference is free and open to the public; however, advanced registration is requested.
Michigan Sea Grant, a collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, promotes knowledge of the Great Lakes through research, outreach and education. Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network, which consists of 33 university-based programs in coastal areas around the country, including Guam and Puerto Rico.