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The past, present and future of research on the Great Lakes

Two men jumping into the water.
Peter Jakubowski
UWM Photo Services
Two researchers dive into Lake Michigan off Atwater Park in Shorewood, Wisconsin in 2014. The most effective way to study the Great Lakes is by going beneath the surface.

You can’t effectively study the Great Lakes by simply looking at them from above the water. All the action lies beneath the surface.

Faculty and staff members at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences sail Lake Michigan aboard a converted vintage Army T-boat when they need to conduct research. On this episode of Curious Campus, we talk with Max Morgan, captain of the research vessel Neeskay, and Harvey Bootsma, a professor of freshwater sciences.

Morgan and Boostma discuss topics including the impact of quagga mussels, the importance of buoys and what it’s like to work on the Neeskay. They also help us take a peek into the future of research on the Great Lakes.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee produces the <i>UWM Chancellor’s Report</i> and <i>Curious Campus</i>, a show about science, discovery and culture.