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



Jessica Sherman Collier a Ph.D. student researcher in the Department of Environmental Sciences has been selected as a finalist for national 2018 Knauss Fellowship from Sea Grant. Please click on image for link to news story.
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LEC's Dr. Thomas Bridgeman was interview by WTOL 11 News speaking about algal blooms in Lake Erie.

LEC's Dr. Thomas Bridgeman speaks to WTOL 11 News about the algae seen on the beaches and how it is very different than what is happening in the lake. 


UT News video showcasing our 2017 University of Toledo Lake Erie Center's National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Poster Gala featuring REU Students' research on water quality.


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.



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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Last Updated: 8/24/17