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Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute welcome you. This symposium features Cameron Davis, senior adviser to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Davis oversees the $1.6 billion Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and was lead negotiator on the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Participants will learn about developments in Great Lakes research, restoration and conservation efforts, their impact on regional economy, and what’s expected in 2015 through 2020. Along with legislative and administrative panels, scientists will provide updates on Great Lakes research that is helping to ensure the sustainability and management of the world’s largest supply of surface freshwater and a $7.5 billion commercial and sports fishery.


Schedule 8:30 AM

Coffee (Lobby area outside of French Auditorium)

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM

Don Uzarski Director, CMU Biological Station Director, CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research

Welcome and Introduction

George E. Ross President, Central Michigan University

Keynote Address

9:15 AM

Cameron Davis U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Q & A session to follow)

10:00 AM

Coffee Break

CMU’s Commitment to Interdisciplinary Great Lakes Research

10:15 AM

Ian Davison Dean, CMU College of Science and Technology Michael Gealt Provost, Central Michigan University


State Legislative Panel

10:30 AM

Kathleen Wilbur, Moderator Vice President, CMU Development and External Relations Jamie Clover Adams Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Jon Allan Director, Office of the Great Lakes William Creal Chief, MDEQ Water Resources Division Bill Rustem Director of Strategy, Executive Office of the Governor

Federal Legislative Panel

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

Gary Randall, Moderator Clerk of the Michigan House of Representatives and ​CMU Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government​ Kyle Bostwick Legislative Assistant, State Representative Charles Brunner Brandon Fewins Northern Michigan Regional Manager, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Melissa E. Horste Regional Representative, U.S. Senator Carl Levin Ryan Tarrant District Director, U.S. Representative Dave Camp Lunch (Lobby area outside of French Auditorium)


Great Lakes Research Collaborations

1:30 PM

Don Uzarski Director, CMU Biological Station Director, CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research Al Steinman Director, Annis Water Resources Institute ​

Panel Discussion: Invasive Species and eDNA

1:50 PM

Andrew Mahon, Central Michigan University Ryan Thum, Grand Valley State University Lindsay Chadderton, The Nature Conservancy

2:50 PM

​Coffee Break

​Panel Discussion: Applying Great Lakes Science

3:00 PM

Matthew Cooper, University of Notre Dame Bopaiah Biddanda, Grand Valley State University Lee Schoen, Central Michigan University Janet Vail, Grand Valley State University


CMU oversees a $10 million Environmental Protection Agency grant for Great Lakes wetlands restoration and preservation research. Its Institute for Great Lakes Research allocates funds through this grant to nine universities and three governmental agencies. With research vessels and facilities at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, scientists from the institute and CMU Center for Geographic Information Science lead efforts to prevent introduction of invasive species, preserve wetlands and improve water quality. This summer, CMU will break ground on its Biosciences Building, a $95 million learning and research facility. CMU faculty are recognized experts on coastal wetlands, conservation genetics, fisheries, invasive species, limnology, microbial ecology, landscape ecology and geographic information sciences.

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