Lake Erie Center

The Lake Erie Center

  • Research environmental conditions and living and non-living aquatic resources in Maumee Bay and western Lake Erie, as a model for the Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystems worldwide
  • Discern the linkages among land-use practices, water quality, habitat, economics, natural resources, sustainability, and environmental and public health
  • Provide a state-of-the-art research and education facility for sponsored research and collaborations by faculty from the University of Toledo, other universities, federal and state agencies, and visiting scientists
  • Facilitate hands-on cutting-edge environmental research and education experiences for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Engage secondary school students, teachers,  and the public with environmental education, sustainable living, and informed outreach awareness programs
Lake Erie Center in Oregon, Ohio



Dr. Thomas Bridgeman talks about HABs research and bloom forecast at UT with WTOL 11 News.


Dr. Tom Bridgeman is interviewed by WNWO 24 News about University of Toledo research being included in 2017 Ohio algal bloom report.


Dr. Tom Bridgeman gives outlook on summer algae blooms with WTOL 11 News reporter Tim Miller.


Large algal bloom predicted for the 2017 season. 13 abc News reports with LEC's Dr. Thomas Bridgeman.


"Turtles help UT researchers learn more about the effects of harmful algae" Dr. Jeanine Refsnider, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and her research team are interviewed by 13 abc News.


 13abc News interviews Dr. Thomas Bridgeman regarding changes in the Federal EPA.



LEC webcam

Across the street from the LECView the live feed

Our webcam looks north onto Maumee Bay, across the street from our building, which is located at 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon, Ohio.
Technical info: Apple iSight running on Evo



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Upcoming Events

  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will be hosting a scientific poster show, Wednesday, July 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center. Join us as the 2017 REU students showcase their research projects. This event is free and open to the public.
  • 2017 Lake Erie Center Photo Contest! Amateur camera enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in our annual Photo Contest. Click here to submit your photos. Limit 3 per person. Deadline is November 17, 2017. Photo Contest Official Rules.
  • Anyone requesting to use the shuttle service offered for our events is asked to RSVP to or call 419.530.8360 no later than the Tuesday prior to the event.
Last Updated: 7/19/17