MT. PLEASANT — Central Michigan University students and faculty are able to increase their scientific research on the Great Lakes thanks to the purchase of a 32.5-foot vessel by the CMU College of Science and Technology.
Don Uzarski, director of CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research, said students studying areas of science from ecology to botany will benefit from the utilization of the RV Chippewa.
“With respect to Great Lakes research, this was one of the last pieces to the puzzle to get us out into that open water of the lakes that we couldn’t do before with the smaller vessels,” Uzarski said. “We’re very strong in research in wetlands and in the nearshore region; now we’re hoping to take it out to the offshore.”
The vessel will help further the work of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, which recently received a $10 million federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct Great Lakes wetlands preservation research alongside a team from nine other universities and three government agencies
“I have about 20 faculty who study various aspects of the Great Lakes with a goal of understanding the ecology of these vital ecosystems,” said Ian Davison, dean of the CMU College of Science and Technology. “This vessel will enhance their capacity to provide the information that is needed to protect and preserve them.”
The boat will be home ported at CMU’s research station on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.