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


  • 10/25/17: Hongsheng Bi

    Ecological responses to water diversion of the eastern route of the South-to-North Water Diversion P...

News & Announcements

Summer 2017 eNewsletter

In this Issue: CIGLR Impacts. Summer Announcements. Stakeholder Spotlight, Charter Captains Use NOAA Tool to Teach about Algae. Partner Research Features, Understanding Muskegon Lake – a Great Lakes Estuary under Stress. Partner Research Features, Tackling the HAB Problem in Green Bay, Lake Michigan. Recent News & Publications. Sign up to receive CIGLR’s quarterly eNews and stay informed about Great Lakes research and events.

New Institute Bridges Disciplines & Institutions Across the Great Lakes

This week, CIGLR is featured in the International Joint Commission (IJC) newsletter, The Great Lakes Connection. The IJC is part of CIGLR’s regional consortium that consists of nine university partners, 25 university affiliates, five private-sector partners, and numerous NOAA-related programs and supporting initiatives, that span all five Great Lakes.

Runaway Robot Found in Lake Erie (2/2)

Our first attempt to retrieve the harmful algae and toxin tracker – ESPNiagara – from Lake Erie was unsuccessful. Somehow the ESP had slipped from the cable and was left on the bottom of Lake Erie. But with the help of some extra equipment and underwater cameras our ESP was recovered! Thank you Paula Tutman and WDIV Local 4 Detroit for a great story and interviews!