Press Room

Wisconsin Sea Grant has been around for more than 42 years -- providing science for the sustainable use of the Great Lakes. There are a lot of great stories to tell, and here's the place to connect with staff who will help tell them, or explore them first-hand through recent media coverage, news releases or as part of video or audio narratives.


Researchers Find Meteotsunamis are an Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes

A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has found that small, one-foot, tsunamis caused by thunderstorms (meteotsunamis) happen more than 100 times per year on the Great Lakes. Also, larger meteotsunamis of nearly three feet occur once per year on average. Meteotsunamis are single waves similar to, but smaller than, tsunamis caused by earthquakes or landslides. Instead of being caused by seismic activity, meteotsunamis are formed by strong storms that move over the water.


Find a Fellowship
There is a jackpot of fellowship opportunities available right now, with some open until February.  Read more...

Learn About Wisconsin's Water Wealth at Sauk Prairie Library
The traveling photography display that tells the story of Wisconsin's water wealth makes a month-long stop at the Sauk Prairie Public Library for December. Read more...

Thanksgiving for Wisconsin’s Waters
Thanksgiving 2016 provides the perfect opportunity to consider gratitude for Wisconsin's extensive water riches.  Read more...

Tracking Ghost Nets, Part Two

A new NOAA grant funds more outreach—this time, to a different stakeholder group.


Wisconsin Expands Its Roster of Clean Marinas
The first week of November, a Bayfield marina became Wisconsin's 21st clean marina. An additional six marinas were recertified at an event in Rothschild.  Read more...

Growing Power’s Will Allen Joins Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Advisory Council

The urban farming pioneer brings a fresh and important perspective.


Atlantic Salmon on the Horizon for Aquaculture in Wisconsin and North America
Valuable, and rare, salmon broodstock, are opening a new aquaculture frontier in Wisconsin, and beyond.  Read more...

We [Heart] Actinobacteria
Backed by funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant, UW-Madison researcher Trina McMahon has become the worldwide authority on the key bacteria in freshwater lakes. Read more...

A Fall Filled With Aquaculture
Wisconsin Sea Grant is sponsoring a seminar series and a two-day conference aimed at educating students, would-be fish farmers and the public about aquaculture and aquaponics.   Read more...

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Media Contacts

Assistant Director for Communications
Moira Harrington
(608) 263-5371

Social Media Coordinator and Science Communicator
Aaron Conklin
(608) 262-6393

Science Communicator and Videographer
John Karl
(608) 263-8621

Science Communicator
Marie Zhuikov
(715) 392-3141, ext. 1003


Wisconsin Sea Grant Annual Reports
Sea Grant annual reports offer a comprehensive look at the work in support of the Great Lakes.

2012-14 Biennial Report 

2010-12 Biennial Report

40th Anniversary Report

2004-06 Biennial Report

Great Lakes and Wisconsin Water Facts
Wisconsin is saturated with water and many facts are detailed here.

Experts List
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Wisconsin Sea Grant Quick Facts
Explore some Wisconsin Sea Grant facts and milestones

Wisconsin Sea Grant History
Founded on July 1, 1968, the Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program is one of 32 Sea Grant Programs in the U.S. Located in coastal areas, Sea Grant, much like its Land Grant counterparts, harnesses the academic strengths of  the nation's leading universities. Read more...

Recent Clips

Follow Some Recent News Stories About Wisconsin Sea Grant

KBJR-TV covers a wave tsunami phenomenon specific to the Great Lakes

Duluth News Tribune writes about a rip current warning system. 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes Sea Grant's Gene Clark about rising Lake Michigan water levels. 

Duluth News Tribune picks up on a Sea Grant study about "fingerprinting" the sources of mercury in the Great Lakes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel details Sea Grant-funded research on antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Video and Audio

From fish growing in greenhouses, to stemming the growth of nuisance algae in Lake Michigan to the comeback of Lake Sturgeon in Wisconsin, find these videos and more. Be sure to click on the "subscribe" button to get notification when new videos become available. Read more...

Audio Podcasts
Learn more about water-related projects and policies through our numerous podcasts that you download right from our site or visit iTunes to load onto mobile devices. Read more...

Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

Vol 3, 2016
Hot off the press, the third quarterly issue for 2016 and it features stories about crude oil transport in the Great Lakes basin, educators' water sampling on Lake Superior and research into contaminants in the St. Louis River Estuary of the big lake.  Read more...

Vol 2, 2016
The Aquatic Sciences Chronicle continues to be the source for Great Lakes news. In this issue, catch up on research news, as well as outreach and education stories.  Read more...

Vol 1, 2016
In this issue, the lead story about Sea Grant research details findings about the high level of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Milwaukee waterways. The invasive Dreissenid mussels, it seems, may be playing a role.  Read more...

Vol 4, 2015
The final issue of the Chronicle for 2015 features a story about a lifesaving technology on Lake Superior, plus other education and outreach news, not to mention a column on books about lake sturgeon and a handy calendar of events.  Read more...

Vol 3, 2015
The newest quarterly publication, The Aquatic Sciences Chronicle, is now available online. Read about an interesting and somewhat surprising relationship between Lake Superior and the St. Louis River estuary, and more. 

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Full Archive of Chronicle Issues
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