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.


Art and Science and Water Talk on Madison Campus
Scientist Steve Carpenter and artist Sarah FitzSimons will offer a talk on Oct. 21 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Read more...


What Happens When a Lake Trout Survives a Sea Lamprey Attack?
Tyler Firkus, a fish and wildlife Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, is undertaking an ambitious research project to study what happens to lake trout that survive attacks by sea lamprey. The study will help Great Lakes fishery managers better understand this stressor to the fish population. 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...

Capitol Hill Coastal Economic Resiliency Briefing Draws Crowd

A briefing on Sept. 21, sponsored by the Sea Grant Association in cooperation with The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, featured Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority as one of three speakers. 


West Bend Hosts Water of Wisconsin Photography Display in October
West Bend is playing host to a photography display and informative panel exhibit about the wealth of water in Wisconsin and its many uses.  Read more...

Plastic Pollution Headlines River Talk Series

The first River Talk of the season, “Big and Small: Plastic Garbage in the St. Louis River, Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean,” is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Iron Mug Coffee & Ale House (1096 88th Ave. W., Duluth, Minn.), Lorena Rios Mendoza, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, will describe her research project about micro- and macroplastics in the St. Louis River and other waterways.


New Lake Herring Aquaculture Manual Provides Direction for Restoration Programs

A big barrier to restocking Lake herring (cisco) in the Great Lakes is that few facilities know how to raise them. Enter the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (UWSP NADF) in Red Cliff, Wis. They’ve just released an “Intensive Culture Manual” about lake herring. The manual is the culmination of three years of research into how to raise the fish, plus experience that the staff had with herring from previous projects.


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...

Switching from Lakes to Streams: Alex Latzka, New Water Resources Policy Fellow
Although he grew up in Massachusetts, Alex Latzka fell in love with Wisconsin’s lakes and streams when visiting relatives in his youth. That love led him to receive a Ph.D. in freshwater and marine sciences, and his current post as Wisconsin’s first full-time postgraduate Water Resources Policy Fellow. 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

Current Research and Outreach Projects
Check out the 22 Sea Grant research projects and roughly 40 outreach projects for 2014 to '16. Read more...

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

Experts List
Find the best person on our staff to answer your questions. Read more...

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

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

Wisconsin Public Radio checks in with a Sea Grant researcher on Milwaukee waterways

Fox 11 TV in Green Bay talks with our Titus Seilheimer about a federal national marine sanctuary proposed for Lake Michigan. 

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
Access the full archive of issues of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle. Click the "browse" tab in the upper left. Read more...