Great Lakes Conference at MSU to address Great Lakes issues

The 2013 Great Lakes Conference will again be part of ANR Week at MSU, and will focus on current issues and information relating to our Great Lakes.

Michigan State University will again host a Great Lakes Conference as part of ANR Week. This year’s Great Lakes Conference will be held on the MSU campus at the Kellogg Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 9:00am until 4:00pm. The 2013 Conference is sponsored by the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; MSU Lake Erie DO hypoxia imageInstitute of Water Research, Michigan State University Extension; Michigan Sea Grant; and Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The Great Lakes continually face a complexity of issues including Great Lakes water levels, invasive species, changing fisheries, hypoxia and nutrient inputs. 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 being developed to assess these Great Lakes issues.

Workshop presentations will include:

  • Water Use and ManagementEmily Finnell, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Lansing, MI
  • Great Lakes Water Level DynamicsDrew Gronewold, Hydrologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), Ann Arbor, MI
  • What is the Muck? A Research Program to Understand Beach Fouling in Saginaw BayScott Peacor, Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation and Management in the Great Lakes - Edward A. Baker, Fisheries Research Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Marquette Fisheries Station, Marquette, MI
  • Engaging youth in Great Lakes Stewardship through School and Community PartnershipsBrandon Schroeder, Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University, Alpena, MI
  • Walleye Resurgence, Policy and Implications - Dave Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Alpena Fisheries Research Station, Alpena, MI and Quantitative Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • A Risk Assessment of Asian Carp in the Great LakesJohn Dettmers, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, MI

 The conference is free and open to the public; however, advanced registration by Friday, March 1 is requested. 

 Educators are also eligible to apply for $150 scholarships by contacting Steve Stewart. Scholarship applications are due by February 27. In addition to the conference, an educator luncheon is being provided where information, ideas, and materials useful in advancing Great Lakes Literacy in Michigan will be shared.

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