Water Center research scientists lead innovative course on Lake Michigan

Last summer U-M students gained hands-on experience aboard the Laurentian, an 80-foot, university-owned research vessel leased and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association for a new Field Methods in Great Lakes course.

Based at the U-M Biological Station in Pellston, Mich., the U-M students collaborated with three Water Center research scientists through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. The course emphasized critical examination of field results within an ecosystem framework through lectures, group discussions, and extensive hands-on experience. Additional instructors were from Michigan Tech Research Institute, Great Lakes Research Center, and the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research.

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