The Lake Superior Reserve conducts ongoing scientific research of its own while also partnering with natural and social scientists from research universities and government agencies. The Reserve employs two full-time research and monitoring staff who coordinate scientific research and operate the Reserve’s System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) and Sentinel Site Program. Our onsite research deals in large part with the estuary and lake ecosystems, though our partners also conduct social science research. Our research and monitoring, as well as our partners’ research, is guided by several priority themes: climate change, invasive species, pollutants, freshwater estuary research, species of special interest, restoration research and social science that improves our understanding of the socio-economic aspects of the St. Louis River Estuary. We encourage researchers who are interested in partnering with the Reserve to learn more about our research priorities and onsite capabilities.
Undergraduate Student Opportunity
The Lake Superior Freshwater Fellowship has an exciting, immersive, and multidisciplinary opportunity for undergraduate students to independently craft and conduct research under the guidance of a Reserve mentor. Applications due December 1, 2019.
Graduate Student Opportunity
Apply for the two-year Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship focused on natural and social science research within the nation’s diverse estuaries and surrounding communities. Applications due December 20, 2019.
Research & Monitoring Staff
Dustin Haines, PhD
System-Wide Monitoring Program Coordinator
Janet Silbernagel, PhD
Students & Interns
Research and Monitoring Technician
University of Minnesota Duluth
Lake Superior Freshwater Fellow
University of Minnesota Duluth
Tools for your research
The Reserve’s research facilities include a dockside laboratory, 25-foot and 19-foot research vessels and meeting and work spaces. Our lab and facilities are suitable for a wide variety of scientific research, including water quality analysis, and are available to visiting and partnering researchers.
People & Places Work Group
The People and Places Work Group is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and scholars whose collaborations integrate natural and social sciences in resource management. Facilitated by the Lake Superior Reserve, the work group includes members from universities in the Twin Ports region, as well as state and federal researchers. Members collaborate on environment-human research with an emphasis on ecosystem services.
Science is strengthened by collaboration and broad participation. We recognize that understanding the St. Louis River Estuary and its natural and human communities is not a task we can do alone. We partner with many researchers from local universities and state and federal agencies, and we plan to expand into broader and more informal scientific research partnerships with local citizens in the near future. If you are interested in learning how you could help us with our research goals, please contact the Friends of Lake Superior Reserve to learn more about volunteer and citizen science opportunities.
Sep 20th, 2019, 610 AM • 103.9 FM Duluth, MN
Sep 20th, 2019, Wisconsin Public Radio
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