Institute of Water Research

  Great Lakes Conference -

The Great Lakes: Issues and Innovations

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm
Auditorium , Kellogg Center
Michigan State University, East Lansing

ROOM CHANGE to Auditorium


Registration Closed

Introduction: The Great Lakes continually face a complexity of issues including Great Lakes water levels, invasive species, changing fisheries, hypoxia and nutrient inputs.  These issues are currently being addressed by both scientists and policy makers throughout the Great Lakes Basin.  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. The conference is free and open to the public; however, advanced registration by Friday, February 28 is requested. 

MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; MSU Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant Extension; and Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality


9:00   Introduction and Welcome: Michelle Selzer, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Lansing, MI  
9:10   Keynote Address: Making Plans for Michigan's Land and Water - Keith Creagh, Director, Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, MI
9:40   Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC): U.S. EPA Research on Assessing Remedy and Restoration Success - Jim Lazorchak, Ecological Exposure Research Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH
10:25   BREAK  
10:45   The Future of Lake Trout and Lake Whitefish Stocks in the Great Lakes - Mark Ebener, Assessment Biologist, Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
11:30   Sustainable Management of Invasive Phragmites: Are There New Options on the Horizon? - - Kurt Kowalski, Research Wetland Ecologist, USGS - Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, MI
12:15   Lunch Break (on Own)  
    Afternoon Session Moderator: Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Traverse City, MI  
1:30   Lake Erie HABs and Hypoxia: Effects of Nutrient Loading and Changing In-Lake Dynamics - Mary Evans, Research Ecologist, and Ed Roseman, Fisheries Research Biologist, USGS - Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2:15   BREAK  
2:30   An Ecological Perspective on Microplastics in the Great Lakes - Larissa Sano, Researcher, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, Ann Arbor, MI
3:15   Asian Carp and Chicago Area Waterways - Dan O'Keefe, Southwest District Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant, West Olive, MI
3:45   Adjourn  
Conference sponsor(s)
Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes. Support provided by Water Resources Research Program, US Geological Survey.


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