Michigan Sea Grant, Wayne State University Host International Freshwater Research Conference
Posted on: May 15, 2017
USGS Research Ship "Kiyii"
The US Geological Survey Research Ship “Kiyi” off Thunder Cape near Thunder Bay, Ontario. The ship is used for Great Lakes research on Lake Superior.





From a media release dated May 11, 2017:

Freshwater researchers from the Great Lakes region and around the world will gather at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit May 15-19 for the 60th annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR).

More than 1,000 participants will spend the week in Detroit, networking with colleagues and delivering more than 820 oral and poster presentations highlighting scientific findings in the areas of freshwater health and management.

“We are excited to co-host IAGLR’s 60th anniversary conference,” notes Jim Diana, conference co-chair and Michigan Sea Grant director. “With ongoing discussions about science and its relation to policy and management, meetings like this are more important than ever.”

The event’s two plenary talks will focus on change in the Great Lakes. On Tuesday, Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University and winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize, will discuss areas of study and investment needed to protect or restore high water quality in the Great Lakes. On Thursday, Cameron Davis, vice president of GEI Consultants and former senior advisor to the U.S. EPA administrator, will discuss the ways political, economic, social, and other systems impact the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The 2017 Michigan Seafood Summit — an annual event hosted by Michigan Sea Grant that brings together fisheries professionals, businesses, chefs, and the public for a day to talk about Michigan seafood — will be held in conjunction with this year’s IAGLR conference. On Tuesday, Summit sessions will provide information on a wide range of topics, including aquaculture systems, commercial fishery management, and local seafood as an emerging product. A Michigan seafood banquet will be held at The Atheneum in Greektown in the evening and is open to the public.

IAGLR session topics include aquatic invasive and nuisance species, Areas of Concern, and fisheries and fishery management. Additionally, a session discussing Jim Diana’s influence on Great Lakes research and management over his 35-plus-year career is scheduled for Wednesday. Diana is retiring from his role as professor at University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, but will continue on as director of Michigan Sea Grant. A U-M alumni, students, and friends celebration and tribute to Diana will be held at Hockeytown Cafe later that evening.

Other session themes include:
·       Benthic Biology and Ecology
·       Genomics, Microbiology, and Emerging Technologies
·       Governance, Education, and Outreach
·       Monitoring, Modeling, and Analysis
·       Nutrients, HABS, and Emerging Contaminant Stressors in the Great Lakes
·       Physical Processes and Limnology
·       Remote Sensing and Detection Techniques
·       Rural and Urban Planning and Ecology
·       General Contributions
·       Great Lakes Governors and Premiers: Monitoring, Modeling, and Analysis

“Detroit’s Cobo Center is a great location for IAGLR,” notes Donna R. Kashian, associate professor at Wayne State University and conference co-chair. “Cobo sits on the banks of the Detroit River, an international boundary and the link between the upper and lower Great Lakes. Both the city and our lakes have overcome great obstacles and have experienced renewed health and vitality. They are a symbol of what can be when science, policy, and the people come together for a desired outcome. Wayne State University is proud to co-host such an event!”

The IAGLR awards banquet will be held Thursday, May 18, 6-9 p.m. aboard the Detroit Princess departing from Cobo Center. IAGLR’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at this time, as well as various awards and scholarships honoring young scientists and outstanding research contributions.

Walk-in participants and media are welcome and must register onsite. A welcome reception to kick off the conference will be held Monday, May 15, 6-9 p.m. in the Cobo River Atrium.

View the complete conference program at www.iaglr.org/iaglr2017/program/
Follow the conference hashtag on Twitter: #iaglr2017

IAGLR is a scientific organization comprised of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. IAGLR publishes multiple issues per year of the peer-reviewed Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

Michigan Sea Grant helps foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.


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