At a Glance

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Registration: Opens at 8:30am

Where: Auditorium, Kellogg Center, East Lansing

Cost: $10 in advance (March 1); $12 at the door; Students free


Register today for the 2018 Great Lakes Conference and learn about key issues in the Great Lakes, including coastal dune management, Great Lakes ice cover, underwater remote acoustics, and beach monitoring with poop-sniffing dogs.



Morning Moderator – Matt Preisser, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources


The Geomorphology and Evolution of Coastal Dunes along Lake Michigan
Dr. Alan F. Arbogast, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing
Seasonal, Interannual and Decadal Variability of Great Lakes Ice Cover
Dr. Jia Wang, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor
Beach Monitoring using “Poop Sniffing” Dogs
Dr. Laura Symonds, Environmental Canine Services LLC, East Lansing
Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Moderator – Scott Peacor/Cheryl Murphy, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU


New Aquatic Invasive Watch List Species
Sarah LeSage, Water Resources Division, MDEQ, Lansing
Autonomous Vehicles in the Great Lakes for Exploration, Mapping and Environmental Monitoring
Dr. Guy Meadows, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech University, Houghton
Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms to Help Lake Erie Stakeholders
Devin Gill, Outreach Specialist, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, Ann Arbor

Conference Materials

About the Conference

This 28th annual Great Lakes conference is offered each year during ANR Week to focus on the current and emerging issues, research, and other noteworthy information related to the Great Lakes and its watershed.  It is sponsored by Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant Extension and the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources with support from the USGS Water Resources Research Program.  Committee members who helped develop the conference include Lois Wolfson, Heather Triezenberg, Bill Taylor, Stephanie Swart, Michelle Selzer, Matt Preisser, Scott Peacor, Cheryl Murphy, and Bretton Joldersma.

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