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

2016–2017 Fall/winter Newsletter


Dr. Thomas Bridgeman speaks with 13abc News about this year's predicted algal bloom for Lake Erie.

See how Dr. Thomas Bridgeman's research team is helping to keep our drinking water safe.

LEC's REU students highlighted in news article by Tom Henry,
The Blade, July 5, 2016
WTOL 11 News reports on UT's REU students summer research at LEC.reu wtol 11 news story 

UT Lake Erie Center Student, Holly Embke discovers Asian Carp spawning in Great Lakes tributary.


UT Researchers discuss methods for forecasting E. Coli at Mamuee Bay State Park's Lake Erie Beach.

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



Lake Erie MODIS images

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Upcoming Events

  • 2016 LEC Fall Lecture Series for the month of October- Featuring Dr. Amanda Haponski, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at U of M, "Past, present, and future of Lake Erie Walleye: A genetics perspective", Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 7 p.m.
  • 2016 LEC Fall Lecture Series for the month of November- Featuring, Dr. Jeanine Refsnider, UT Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, "Can Reptiles Survive Climate Change", Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7p.m.
  • LEC 2016 Photo Contest-Amateur photo buffs of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate! $25 prize for 1st place winners! New Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Click link for more information.
  • Support research and education at the LEC by becoming a "Friend of the Lake Erie Center" for 2016!
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Last Updated: 10/11/16