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Plastic identification activity wows educators

Educators who participated in a recent six-week online workshop series about the Great Lakes and inland waters, “Trimming our Sails” were especially wowed by one presentation. “Plastic Debris Identification” was offered by Daniela Leon, an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior who is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.

One intern’s reflection

Our summer Coastal Science Communications Intern Elise Ertl describes her learning experience.

Lota facts about the Lota lota, a counter-Shark-Week tale

Shark Week, Aug. 9 -16, is a cherished annual tradition. Communications Coordinator, Moira Harrington, presents a counter-Shark-Week look at a denizen of the sweetwater seas. This Shark Week 2020 edition offers five facts about the burbot.

Sea Grant learning programs help environmental educator put students in touch with Lake Michigan

Sarah DeZwarte, education director at YMCA Camp Y-Koda in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, had the opportunity to, not only once, but to twice take part in the Lake Guardian teacher cruise and Shipboard Science Workshop. While each trip entailed a different experience, both provided fundamental learning and education that DeZwarte was able to carry on to the students and residents of the Lake Michigan coastal area.

Field office graduate research assistant jumps from watershed planning to clams

Megan Hoff recently completed her graduate research assistantship in Green Bay, working for Sea Grant Staffer Julia Noordyk. This was the first time such an opportunity has been offered at one of our field offices. Hoff’s work for Noordyk and for her master’s degree in environmental science and policy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay involved working with the community to develop a watershed management plan for Mahon and Wequiock creeks, which flow through the campus. Science Communicator Marie Zhuikov caught up with Hoff recently, just after she finished a drive across the country to Oregon, where she is starting a new job in Newport as a shellfish assessment biologist. Yes, she’ll be working with clams.

Deterring geese on the St. Louis River to protect wild rice

The final River Talk of the season, “Deterring Geese on the St. Louis River to Protect Wild Rice,” was presented by Sam Hansen, a former summer undergraduate research fellow with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, on May 13.