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

2016 spring/Summer Newsletter 

2015 Fall Newsletter

Dr. Thomas Bridgeman speaks with 13abc Action News about the impact of spring rain on the 2016 algal bloom season.

LEC Director, Dr. Carol Stepien receives Federal EPA grant to fight invasive species in the Great Lakes.

13abc Action News reports "Spurring new Maumee sturgeon" about our local sturgeon recovery effort. News report features UT student Jessica Sherman as she talks about her research.

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

  • Summer Science Camp: Weeklong daycamp the week of June 13, 9-12:00,
    One-day minicamp August 9, 9-3:00.
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library Ready to Read Program's van will be at the LEC on June 15, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an outreach literacy program that provides training to parents in preparing children, birth to preschool, for kindergarten. Visit the van to signup for library cards and to check out library materials. For more information call 419-259-5350.
  • Adopt-a-Beach™: LEC will partner with Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and the Alliance for the Great Lake’s Adopt-a-Beach™ Program to clean the Maumee Bay State Park Lake Erie Beach. Event will be June 3, 2016, from 4-6 p.m. After the cleanup volunteers 21 and older will be invited to an after celebration.

  • LEC Naturalist Night Presents: Sara Guiher, UT graduate student, "Neighborhood watch: Identify and manage invasive plants in your yard" on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7 p.m. room 155.
  • Support research and education at the LEC by becoming a "Friend of the Lake Erie Center" for 2016!
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Last Updated: 5/13/16