As one of 16 NOAA Cooperative Institutes, CIGLR helps NOAA accomplish its goals in the Laurentian Great Lakes by

  • Leading exciting new research efforts,
  • Training the next generation of Great Lakes scientists,
  • Expanding NOAA research in the Great Lakes through our Regional Consortium, and
  • Translating research into actionable science to meet societal needs.

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is our primary NOAA sponsor and home of CIGLR research personnel.

Our Partners


Since 2008,

$36 million in funding

434 students supported

800+ journal articles & reports

149 post-docs supported


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News & Announcements

Apply for the 2018 Summer Fellows Program!

CIGLR is excited to announce the opening of our 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellow applications! The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great...

Federal Job Opening at GLERL!

New! Great Lakes Research Ecologist

The NOAA/GLERL Ecosystem Dynamics Branch is seeking an enthusiastic research phytoplankton/harmful algal bloom (HAB) ecologist to develop a research program focusing on water quality, harmful algal blooms, and phytoplankton ecology as they pertain to food web dynamics and human health issues in the Great Lakes.

CIGLR Job Opening!

–Postdoctoral Fellowship: Application of Linked Ocean and Ecosystem Models to Lake Erie– A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research in the area of biophysical modeling. Follow this link to learn more and apply.