March 2024 eNewsletter



CIGLR Welcomes New Members to Our Team.

Paul Den Uyl is CIGLR’s first Bioinformatics Specialist. Paul’s research revolves around the implementation of microbiological and bioinformatic methods, such as metagenomics, amplicon sequencing, and qPCR, to investigate microbial life present in the Great Lakes.

Madeleine Gorman is a CIGLR Project Manager for the Modeling and Forecasting research group. Her work covers experiments, modeling, and monitoring related to ecosystem processes and change in the Great Lakes, Arctic Ocean, Alaska coastal region, and Sea of Okhotsk. Madeleine is passionate about applying her diverse experiences from across the country to increase resilience in the Great Lakes!

Patrick Kelly is a CIGLR Project Manager for the Ecosystem Dynamics research group. He has over 12 years of experience working across disciplines including public health, health policy, social research, and environmental health and justice.

Nhung Nguyen (she/her) is an Aquatic Ecology Laboratory Analyst working with Dr. Casey Godwin to study the freshwater ecology and carbon cycling of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes.

CIGLR’s 2023 Annual Magazine: Ripple Effect

In case you missed the release of CIGLR’s 2023 annual magazine, check it out here: Ripple Effect. This issue introduces CIGLR’s new Director for Engagement, Dr. Mike Shriberg, welcomes new CIGLR Research Scientists, provides research institute and regional consortium updates, and introduces new staff, students, and fellows.

“As you will read within this volume of the Ripple Effect, I need to commend all of our CIGLR staff for their tremendous dedication and commitment. They are the foundation of all that we do, if we are successful, it is because they are successful,” said Greg Dick, CIGLR Director. “CIGLR is growing and evolving in many new and exciting ways. Our broader scientific capacity is also developing quickly with the addition of four new principal investigators (PIs) in the past year, Drs. David Cannon, Yi Hong, Abby Hutson, and Dani Jones. We were also delighted to welcome Dr. Mike Shriberg, who brings his wealth of experience as the former executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center to his new position as CIGLR’s Director for Engagement.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the talented team at CIGLR,” said Dr. Mike Shriberg. “CIGLR is uniquely positioned to be an effective voice for the Great Lakes due to the deep scientific knowledge and strong network of relationships. I am excited to accelerate CIGLR’s engagement and outreach initiatives.”

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Honoring Mike Fraker by Supporting Future Scientists

A memorial fund honoring Michigan Sea Grant Research Program Manager and University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) researcher (and former CIGLR Assistant Research Scientist), Michael Fraker, PhD, will support his passion for student research and engagement by expanding student opportunities such as undergraduate internships, graduate student research fellowships, and more. Please consider joining us in honoring Mike’s passion by contributing to the Michael Fraker Student Research Memorial Fund.