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U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center


The headquarters of the Great Lakes Science Center is located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Approximately half of the Center's staff are located in Ann Arbor and half are located at one of the Center's field stations. The Center has five field stations, one vessel base, and three field station/vessel base combinations dispersed throughout the Great Lakes Basin. Strategic placement of the Center's field operations facilitates research conducted over this large geographic area. Field stations are located at Cortland, New York (Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Sciences); Millersburg, Michigan (Hammond Bay Biological Station); Munising, Michigan; and Porter, Indiana (Lake Michigan Ecological Station). A mid-lake vessel base is located at Cheboygan, Michigan. Combined field stations and vessel bases are located at Ashland, Wisconsin (Lake Superior Biological Station); Oswego, New York (Lake Ontario Biological Station); and Sandusky, Ohio (Lake Erie Biological Station). Research support for ongoing projects is provided through the headquarters location. Descriptions of our research vessels are also included.


Point of Contact: Joe Bergan
Phone: 231-627-4571
Fax: 231-627-8791
Address: 606 Water St. Cheboygan, MI 49721
Established: 1973
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Director: Russ Strach 
Phone: 734-994-3331
Fax: 734-994-8780
Location: 1451 Green Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2807
Established: 1927
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Wet Lab

Field Station Supervisor: Mike Hansen
Phone: 989-734-4768
Fax: 989-734-4494
Location: 11188 Ray Rd. Millersburg, MI 49759-9481
Established: 1950
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Field Station Supervisor: Richard Kraus
Phone: 419-625-1976
Fax: 419-625-7164
Location: 6100 Columbus Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870-8329
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LMERS staff

Field Station Supervisor: Ralph Grundel (
Phone: 219-926-8336 x422
Fax: 219-929-5792
Mailing Address: 1100 North Mineral Springs Rd. Porter, IN 46304
Physical Location: 1574 North 300 East Chesterton, IN 46304
Established: 1994
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Lake Erie Biological Station

Field Station Supervisor: Brian Lantry
Phone: 315-343-3951
Fax: 315-342-8065
Location: 17 Lake St. Oswego, NY 13126-1025
Established: 1977
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Field Station Supervisor: Mark Vinson
Phone: 715-682-6163
Fax: 715-682-6511
Location: 2800 Lake Shore Dr. East Ashland, WI 54806-2427
Established: 1957
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Field Station Supervisor: Jim Johnson
Phone: 607-753-9391
Fax: 607-753-0259
Location: 3075 Gracie Road Cortland, NY 13045-9457
Established: 1930
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