Swab the Deck and Grab the Microscope: Great Lakes Educators to Sail Lake Michigan

A dozen educators from Minnesota and Wisconsin will set sail on a one-of-a-kind professional development workshop that includes time aboard the sailing vessel Denis Sullivan, August 13-19, 2017, from the Port of Milwaukee. The participants will study Lake Michigan’s food web by collecting, analyzing and interpreting water quality, sediment and zooplankton data.

Tiny Quagga Mussels Have Big Impact on Lake Michigan . . . And Perhaps Climate Change

The tiny quagga mussel has an outsize impact on Lake Michigan. What’s novel about the study team’s work is the exploration of the age-old biological truth: what goes in must come out. They found the invasive mussels’ sheer numbers and feeding efficiency are changing the lake’s ecosystem dynamics. Perhaps the climate, as well.

Stalking a Fish Virus

Wisconsin Sea Grant research team tracks the location of the deadly viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus.

Wisconsin Teachers Chosen for Research Cruise on Lake Huron

Three Wisconsin teachers will join a dozen others from around the Great Lakes on a week-long research cruise on Lake Huron with scientists. They’ll be aboard the R/V Lake Guardian for a Shipboard Science Workshop hosted by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy. The cruise departs from Detroit on July 8, returning on July 14, with stops in Port Huron and Alpena.

Undercurrents – The Hidden Knowledge of Groundwater, New Podcast Series

This podcast series shares the secrets of groundwater, from the earliest myths and conjectures about the mysterious waters that lie beneath our feet, through the scientific breakthroughs in comprehension of groundwater, and out to the front lines with the scientists, specialists and citizens who are working toward understanding and solving the daunting challenge of sustaining our groundwater resources for future generations.

Wisconsin Teachers and Students Join Expedition to Unlock Lake Michigan Secrets

On June 10, two Wisconsin school teachers and selected elementary and middle school students will get a first-hand view of high-tech tools involved in Lake Michigan science. They will be going out with staff from NOAA programs and the Adler Planetarium on the 50-foot research vessel, Storm, from Manitowoc. They’ll be learning about the technology used to map the lakebed. They will explore a shipwreck with a remotely operated vehicle, and even learn about equipment that could be used to search for a fallen meteor.

Going Deep

Maritime archaeologists prepare to use cutting-edge ROV tech to survey the S.S. Senator, wrecked in more than 400 feet of water.