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.


Tsunamis From the Sky: Spring is Prime Time for Meteotsunamis in Lake Michigan

As if worrying about life-threatening rip currents, seiches, storm surges and rogue waves on the Great Lakes wasn’t enough, now Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers are learning more about yet another cause for concern: meteotsunamis.


Radio Tower Bay Restoration is Topic of April River Talk

The monthly River Talk continues in Duluth this month. On Wed. April 27, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.), Martha Minchak with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will present, “Radio Tower Bay to 'Restoration Bay.’ ”


Take the Poly Pledge: Art Students Hold Event to Encourage Use of Canvas Bags vs. Plastic Bags

Two UW-Madison students have combined their concerns about plastic and passions for art into a public art and science event taking place on Friday, April 29, 5 p.m. at B62 Goodnight Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. 


2016 Undergraduate Research Scholars Tackle Interactive Digital Maps
UW-Madison freshmen Halle Lambeau and Stephanie Schimdt get a taste of research that might someday inform their careers. Read more...

Shelby LaBuhn--Love of Math and Nature Leads Student to Lake Michigan Mud

Shelby LaBuhn grew up playing in the forests of Michigan’s rural “thumb.” Although she liked math more than science, when it came time to choose her undergraduate degree, her experience in nature tipped the scales. “The forest was my world,” LaBuhn said. “That got me interested in environmental sciences and wanting to protect that at an early age.”


March River Talk Highlights Mammal Cams

The monthly River Talk series heads over to the Duluth side of the river this month. On Wed. Mar. 30, 7 p.m. at Vikre Distillery (525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 102, Duluth, Minn.), Bryn Evans, a University of Wisconsin-Madison wildlife ecology graduate student, will present, “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera! Mammal Cams in the Estuary.”


New Advisory Council Member Spends Time in the Dead Zone
Where lakes and water are concerned, J. Val Klump gets around. Klump, the newest addition to Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Advisory Council, has traveled the world researching large lakes, including Lake Baikal in Russia. Read more...

Free Webinar Series on Oil Transport in the Great Lakes
Wisconsin Sea Grant's water quality specialist is a member of a work group on oil transport in the Great Lakes area. Now, there's a free webinar series on the topic. Oil moves to and through the Great Lakes Basin by truck, rail and pipeline. Though pipelines are the preferred and more heavily used mode of transportation, some have objected to their use and specific routes due to environmental concerns.  Read more...

Dredging in the St. Louis River Estuary – From “Spoils” to Soils
Dredging has a long history in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Gene Clark, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s coastal engineer, explains that history and current challenges. 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
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40th Anniversary Report

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Current Research and Outreach Projects
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Wisconsin Sea Grant History
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Recent Clips

Follow Some Recent News Stories About Wisconsin Sea Grant

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. 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outlines a lifesaving wave-warning system on Lake Superior, designed and installed by Sea Grant, and partners

Video and Audio

Beauty Contained: New Video Offers Advice on Preventing Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species through Water Gardens
The 12-minute video, produced by Wisconsin Sea Grant, contains important tips and resources for businesses that deal with water gardens.  Read more...

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 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. 

Vol 2, 2015

The latest issue of the quarterly Chronicle details a Sea Grant study of a deadly fish disease that is hard on aquaculture operations.


Vol 1, 2015
Get caught up on some Lake Superior research, the Eat Wisconsin Fish campaign and more.  Read more...

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