U-M’s Biological Station explores solutions for environmental problems

For more than 100 years, the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan has been a leader in field research, allowing students and faculty to develop interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems.

“We want to know how environmental systems work biologically,” says Knute Nadelhoffer, director of the U-M Biological Station. “We want to know these systems interact with the climate and how they interact with people in order to predict how they will sustain life and our culture and economy. Students learn to grapple with ideas, the data that comes out of their experiments and interpretation of that data. That’s science. That’s what we do.”

Additionally, the U-M Biological Station hosted 20 eighth-grade students from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, who spent a week in June at Camp KinoMaage. The students collaborated with U-M faculty, students and expert staff, and elders of the Sault Tribe to examine natural phenomena, consider the ways in which ancient and modern knowledge converge, and acquire conversational experience in the Ojibwe language.

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