Research Themes

CIGLR’s collaborative research encompasses the major environmental challenges and information needs that are critical for sustaining
high quality ecosystems, economies, and human experiences in the Great Lakes. Our research is the foundation for providing
Great Lakes Science for Society. 
CIGLR research addresses the following themes:


Observing Systems & Advanced Technology

Monitoring environmental change to help society navigate the Anthropocene


Invasive Species & Food Web Ecology

Tracking the dynamics and functioning of Great Lakes ecological communities


Hydro-Meteorological & Ecosystem Forecasting

Modeling physical and biological processes to help predict the Great Lakes’ future


Protection & Restoration of Resources

Safeguarding Great Lakes ecosystem services