The winter winds may blow and ice may rim the shores of the Great Lakes, but Michigan Sea Grant is still hard at work. In Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and coastal communities around the state, Michigan Sea Grant staff are preparing for conferences, reviewing graduate fellowship applications, and connecting people with the beautiful, wintery Great Lakes.
Even though they’re spending less time in the field, this is still a productive season for Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators, who often use this downtime to write articles about exciting things going on in their regions or areas of expertise. Enjoy a sampling of their articles from November, December, and January in “From Extension.” And be sure to check the “Save the Date” section for many events coming up in the next few months.
Celebrating Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary
In 2016, the National Sea Grant College Program celebrated 50 years of putting science to work for America’s coastal communities. Our Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators live and work in coastal communities around Michigan. We celebrate their hard work and take this opportunity to introduce each of them. See previous and upcoming issues of Upwellings for more educator profiles.
Elliot Nelson cherishes life in the Upper Peninsula
Elliot Nelson grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and now he’s back as the eastern U.P. Extension educator. Read about why he’s excited to serve this vibrant part of the state.
Congratulations and best wishes to Justin
Congratulations to Justin Selden, who received the 2016 District 11 Top Performer Award for Program Instructors from Michigan State University Extension. Also, effective January 9, 2017, Justin began an Extension educator position with the Natural Resources work team with Michigan State University Extension. Justin will continue to work in Macomb County. Congratulations, Justin!
Coming soon to Michigan Sea Grant
On January 30, 2017, Michigan Sea Grant will welcome Kip Cronk, who will join the team as an Extension educator based in Bay City. Kip is a Michigan native who has lived and worked in the Saginaw Bay region since 2004. He comes to Michigan Sea Grant from the regulatory world, where he worked in invasive species outreach, environmental quality permitting, and pollution prevention. Welcome, Kip!
Michigan Sea Grant Request for Proposals
Do you have an idea for an innovative Great Lakes research project? Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for research projects and graduate fellowships for the 2018-2020 funding period.
Michigan Sea Grant will support three types of research this funding cycle:
- Integrated Assessment – Research that uses Integrated Assessment methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes.
- Core Research – Basic core research on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem.
- Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) research fellowships for one or two years.
Funding for Integrated Assessment and Core Research will support two-year projects that start on February 1, 2018, and end by January 31, 2020. Fellowships may begin in 2018 (one- or two-year period) or 2019 (one-year period).
All proposals require a 50 percent non-federal match (one non-federal dollar for every two federal dollars requested). Funding is contingent upon NOAA approval and congressional appropriation of funds.
Pre-proposals for Integrated Assessments and Core Research projects are due by 5 p.m. on March 3, 2017. Proposals for Graduate Student Research Fellowships are due by 5 p.m. on May 26, 2017. Funding decisions will be announced in early September 2017.
For details on these opportunities, including application guidelines and funding levels, see: Michigan Sea Grant Funding Information.
Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie poster
This brand-new poster unpacks the history and science behind Lake Erie’s now-annual algal bloom. Learn why Lake Erie experiences so many harmful algal blooms and how scientists are using innovative tools to understand and hopefully control these blooms in the future. Complete with a timeline of milestones in the fight against blooms in Lake Erie, this poster is a useful guide for offices or high school and college classrooms.
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Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators write informative articles on a variety of subjects — from the latest on invasive species to online tools available to help anglers increase their catch. Below are a few of their most recent articles.
Are there tsunamis in the Great Lakes?
By Mark Breederland
The Great Lakes do experience tsunamis, but they’re not caused by earthquakes.
Biology’s new frontier could have big implications for Great Lakes fish
By Dan O’Keefe
New research shows that epigenetics, which investigates how genes are expressed, may play a major role in the domestication of hatchery trout.
Michigan’s underwater preserves offer unique views of Great Lakes maritime heritage
By Steve Stewart
Michigan Sea Grant has played a key role in developing Michigan’s system of underwater preserves.
Winter fishing in Michigan on ice-free waters is worth the effort
By Mary Bohling
A little preparation and planning can go a long way toward a safe, fun winter fishing experience.
Putting back the (Little) Rapids
By Elliot Nelson
River restoration efforts at the St. Marys Area of Concern should improve water flow and fish spawning habitat, boosting the river’s health.
NOAA Marine Debris Calendar celebrates student voices and student art
By Brandon Schroeder
Alpena students bring a Great Lakes perspective to the global marine debris issue.
Save the date
Graduate Student Fellowship applications
January and February 2017
Applications close soon for four fellowships with Michigan Sea Grant or a partner organization. These paid fellowships run from one to two years and are designed for graduate students or recent graduates with a strong interest in marine and Great Lakes issues. Applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Online applications are due in January and February. For deadlines and specific information about each fellowship offered, visit the fellowship page. **Note: The deadline for the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship has been extended to February 21, 2017**
Thunder Bay International Film Festival
January 20-29, 2017
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena hosts its International Film Festival this month. Between screenings, attendees can meet filmmakers, enjoy receptions and educational activities, and take field trips to wineries and neighboring theaters. Tickets and details are available online.
Great Lakes Fisheries Educational Session
January 28, 2017
A Great Lakes Fisheries Educational Session will be held during the Michigan Fish Producers Association Annual Conference on Saturday January 28, 2017, at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. The Great Lakes Fisheries Session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no registration fee for this event. Topics will range from lake levels to cisco restoration, local seafood suppliers, cormorant management, and more. See the agenda for full details.
If you’re interested in attending or have questions, contact Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator Ron Kinnunen at (906) 226-3687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Lakes Day
March 7, 2017
This year’s Great Lakes conference, held at Michigan State University during Agriculture and Natural Resources Week, will focus on the theme, “The Great Lakes: Moving Michigan Forward.” Keynote addresses will be given by Joan Rose, recipient of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize, speaking on global public health issues, and Jon Allen, director of the Office of the Great Lakes, presenting the next steps in Michigan’s Water Strategy. Other speakers will focus on issues relating to green infrastructure, agriculture, rip currents, the use of drones, acoustic telemetry, and “Dark Skies.”
To register on the web or find updates to the agenda, visitvisit the conference website. To register by phone, call (517) 353-3742.
Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Conference
March 24-25, 2017, with pre-conference sessions on March 23
The 2017 Michigan Science Teachers Association conference will follow the theme, “Putting Legs on the New Science Standards.” The conference will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Online registration ends March 24, with early-bird registration until March 7. Conference fees range from $25 to $160. Learn more and register online.
Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference
April 20-21, 2017
Drownings in the Great Lakes rose 78 percent in 2016. Learn why and what you can do to help reverse this trend at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium’s (GLWSC) annual conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The GLWSC is a “community of best practice” that brings together first responders, community leaders, park rangers, research scientists, lifeguards, meteorologists, survivors, loved ones, and other water safety advocates to end drowning in the Great Lakes.
Welcoming groups and individuals involved in any aspect of water safety, this year’s conference will feature presentations on the latest research in wave science, beach warnings, and rescue equipment, as well as ideation sessions on the best methods for communicating risk and how communities can prevent and respond to tragedies. To learn more about the event, visit glwsc17.splashthat.com.
May 15-19, 2017
The 60th annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) will be held in Detroit on May 15-19, 2017. Four days of scientific sessions and speakers will focus on the theme, From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems. For information about sponsorships, registration, and the venue, see the conference website.
Michigan Seafood Summit
May 16, 2017
The 2017 Michigan Seafood Summit highlights aquaculture, commercial fisheries, and local seafood in Michigan. The Summit will be held on May 16, 2017, in conjunction with the annual IAGLR conference in Detroit. See the event website for more information.
5th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium
May 14 – 17, 2018
Michigan Sea Grant, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and additional waterfront-focused partners, is jointly hosting the 2018 National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium (note year). This four-day conference, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids will be national in scope, while featuring presentations that emphasize the Great Lakes. Find more information at the NWWWS page.