$3.9M awarded to Fund Great Lakes Research

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute announced a $3.9 million grant that will fund 19 Great Lakes research, education and outreach projects, including two projects at Northland College in Ashland.

The first Northland College project will be lead by Professor Randy Lehr.  The project is titled “Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the Chequamegon Bay Region of Lake Superior.”   The project will implement comprehensive, integrated assessment of the region, connecting community leaders, staff from local and tribal governments and local elected officials with scientific and subject matter experts surrounding the issue of climate change adaptation.

The second project is a collaboration between Professor Toben Lafrancois and Benjamin Thwaits, an expressive arts coordinator at Northwest Passage- a treatment center for the nation’s most at-risk youth.  

The project is called New light Under the Surface: an Underwater Photography program for at-Risk youth Exploring Wisconsin’s Great Lakes as therapy, Art and Science. 

In addition to Northland College, the grant will cover projects within the UW- System in La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Stevens Point, along with St. Norbert College. 

Nearly 100 researchers, staff and students will be take part in putting the projects together. 

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