Lake Erie Center

Lake Erie Center Mission

The Lake Erie Center’s vision is to improve the environmental condition, ecosystems services, natural resources, and sustainability of Lake Erie and its watersheds, and to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and public education towards achieving this vision. 

The mission of the Lake Erie Center is to:

  • 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

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Lake Erie Center in Oregon, OH

Upcoming Events

  • -Public Lecture Series: Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, UT Professor of Geography. "Mapping drain tile to assess agricultural contribution to harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie basin" on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7p.m.
  • -Public Lecture Series: Dr. Patrick Kocovsky, Research Fishery Biologist for the USGS. "Facts about the Grass Carp Invasion in the Sandusky River" on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • LEC 2016 Art Contest-"Nature of Our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay", Entry Deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016. How to enter and official rules.
  • -Alumni Lecture Series: Dr. Justin Chaffin, Research Coordinator at OSU Stone Lab. "Cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie central basins: Roles of phosphorus, nitrogen, and trace metals" on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Support research and education at the LEC by becoming a "Friend of the Lake Erie Center" for 2016!
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Last Updated: 6/26/15