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


  • - Fall Public Lecture Series: Deborah Lee, Director of the NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)-Great Lakes Regional Team Lead, "Lake Erie: At the Forefront of Ecological Forecasting" Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. LIVE STREAM at:

    • Support research and education at the LEC by becoming a "Friend of the Lake Erie Center" for 2015!

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Last Updated: 6/26/15