March 29, 2018

Wisconsin Sea Grant announces $2.8 million to fund Great Lakes research

Deanna Erickson with UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Natural Estuarine Research Reserve is pairing with the Bad River Watershed Association to mentor teachers to integrate Great Lakes literacy into their curriculum through outdoor and inquiry-based learning.

Deanna Erickson with UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Natural Estuarine Research Reserve is pairing with the Bad River Watershed Association to mentor teachers to integrate Great Lakes literacy into their curriculum through outdoor and inquiry-based learning.

Fund includes a project at UW-Superior to mentor teachers to integrate Great Lakes literacy into their curriculum

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute announced a $2.8 million 2018-20 omnibus grant to fund Great Lakes research and education, including a project involving the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

“The world’s largest freshwater system surrounds Wisconsin to the north and east. The lakes fuel our economy and enhance our quality of life,” said Jennifer Hauxwell, Sea Grant’s director of research. “We are fortunate that some of the best freshwater researchers and educators are right here as well. Throughout the yearlong process that brought us to the point of kicking off this research, we drew on the expertise of scientific leaders from around the globe and nation who reviewed the proposals to ensure the projects were of a high caliber. We also relied on a council of external advisors from numerous Wisconsin sectors to ensure the inquiries would be relevant to our state’s needs.”  

Deanna Erickson with UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Natural Estuarine Research Reserve is pairing with the Bad River Watershed Association to mentor teachers to integrate Great Lakes literacy into their curriculum through outdoor and inquiry-based learning.

The entire two-year grant will support a total of 19 projects that explore the freshwater seas. In addition to the UW-Superior-based work, scientists on the Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Whitewater campuses of the University of Wisconsin System, as well as Northland College, will be funded.

In projects other than the one at UW-Superior, researchers will look at addressing beach contamination to make it safer for people to swim, the effect of high water levels on infrastructure and bluffs, shipwrecks and more.  

Nearly 100 researchers, educators, staff and students will be engaged in this work, Hauxwell said.

Deanna Erickson with UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Natural Estuarine Research Reserve is pairing with the Bad River Watershed Association to mentor teachers to integrate Great Lakes literacy into their curriculum through outdoor and inquiry-based learning.

Deanna Erickson with UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Natural Estuarine Research Reserve is pairing with the Bad River Watershed Association to mentor teachers to integrate Great Lakes literacy into their curriculum through outdoor and inquiry-based learning.

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