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UWM Researching Lake Michigan's Aquatic Life Habitats

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak and guests

One of my favorite rides – either by bike or car – is along Milwaukee’s incredible lakefront. While there are a lot of rivers and inland lakes in our state, none of them rival the majesty of Lake Michigan.

While the sight of miles of open water never grows old, hidden from our view is what is going on under the surface.

On this edition of UWM Today, we are going to learn about a fascinating research project that will give us a much better idea of the habitats of aquatic life in the lake and detailed maps that could lead to the restoration of fish populations just off Milwaukee’s shores.

John Janssen, a professor at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, is joined by Kim Beckmann, associate professor of design and visual communications in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. They’re collaborating on a unique program that is revealing some of Lake Michigan’s secrets.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.