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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.


New Advisory Council Member is a Familiar Face
Dreux Watermolen has a long-standing relationship with Wisconsin Sea Grant.. Read more...

River Talk to Feature Two Talks in March

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Mar. 18, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Caitie McCoy with Illinois Indiana Sea Grant will present, “Restoring the Spirit to the River: The U.S. Steel Superfund Site on Spirit Lake.”

A special bonus talk in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit will be held on Tues., Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Barker’s Island, Superior, Wis.) Lizzie Condon, a former staffer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will present, “The St. Louis River in Your own Words: Results from NOAA's Stakeholder Engagement Interviews in the St. Louis River Estuary.”

Sue Zanne Tan: A Former Weston Scholar Engineers Microorganisms at MIT

In 2010, Sue Zanne Tan received the Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to promising undergraduate students working on Aquatic Sciences Center-supported projects. Now, five years later, her scientific exploration continues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.


Gobies Compete With Each Other When Crowded, Sparing Native Fishes
It seems counter-intuitive, but Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers have found that an invasive fish, the round goby, may have greater impacts on native fishes when there are fewer gobies rather than gobs of gobies. Read more...

Matt Kornis: Former Sea Grant Student Now Works With Millions of Fish

Matt Kornis’s mother likes to tell the story of how they would walk in the neighborhood when Matt was two and he would pick up a stick to “fish” for leaves in puddles. Later, in college, his love for water, fish and the outdoors won out over his interest in molecular biology, leading to his current job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Green Bay, Wis. Kornis is a fish biologist and data analyst with the Great Lakes Mass Marking Program, a multi-agency study across the Great Lakes that involves implanting coded wire tags into millions of stocked fish each year to help assess the effectiveness of the stocking program for lake trout and Chinook salmon.


River Talk Focuses on the River Corridor Project

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at Amazing Grace Cafe (394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, Minn.) Hansi Johnson with the Minnesota Land Trust and Diane Desotelle with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will present, “Making the St. Louis River Hip: The River Corridor Project.”


River Talk Focuses on Geology

The next monthly River Talk is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center (3 Marina Dr., Barker’s Island, Superior, Wis.). Andrew Breckenridge, associate professor in the Natural Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, will present, “Formation Story: How the St. Louis River Came to Be, Geologically.”


Landlocked Wisconsin Teachers Make Use of Aquatic Education Opportunities Provided by Sea Grant to Benefit Students and Other Teachers

Two Wisconsin teachers, Lynn Kurth and Cindy Byers, have made exceptional use of the educational resources that Sea Grant has to offer and it’s led to bigger and better things for both them, their students, and other teachers across the country.


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Wisconsin Sea Grant History
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Recent Clips

Follow Some Recent News Stories About Wisconsin Sea Grant
Appleton Post Crescent highlights just-published lake sturgeon research 

WTMJ radio reports on a brand-new shipwrecks website

Kenosha News quotes Sea Grant on Lake Michigan's water level and a Halloween 2014 storm 

New York Times quotes Sea Grant on Great Lakes water levels

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks with Sea Grant's fisheries specialist about a Lake Michigan fish

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Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

Vol 3, 2014
Read a perplexing mystery--solved--in the Port of Duluth-Superior. There's also news of Sea Grant's upcoming federal review, three talented students heading to our nation's capitol for fellowships and suggested book titles about Lake Superior.   Read more...

Vol 3, 2014
Read up on some Sea Grant research on the effectiveness of beach cleanup, along with droplets of news on coastal storms projects, lake sturgeon and staff changes. Read more...

Volume 2, 2014
Catch up on some Sea Grant-funded research into burbot spawning in Lake Michigan, along with news on our extension staff, the departure of AIS expert Phil Moy and a climate change study focused on tree rings. Read more...

Volume 1, 2014
Read the latest program newsletter for details on a comprehensive report about Green Bay, the economic impact of fishing in Sheboygan and news about a D.C.-bound fellow. Read more...

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