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. Meet CIGLR’s research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and staff.
CIGLR research addresses the following themes:



Observing Systems & Advanced Technology

Monitoring environmental change to help society navigate the Anthropocene



Invasive Species and Food-web Ecology

Tracking the dynamics and functioning of Great Lakes ecological communities



Hydrometeorological & Ecosystem Forecasting

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



Protection and Restoration of Resources

Safeguarding habitats, natural capital, and ecosystem services throughout the Great Lakes