News & Events

  • Job Opportunities

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2024-03-20
    See the Jobs Page for several new job postings!

  • 2024 Workshop Presentations Available

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2024-01-23
    All of the presentations for the 2024 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop held on January 11, 2024 in Traverse City, MI have been posted on this website at the following link: Great Lakes Association of Science Ships (

    The final agenda is posted at this Link: Agenda

  • 2024 Science Vessel Workshop

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2023-11-27
    Please save the date and plan to attend the 2024 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop, to be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City Michigan on January 11, 2024. A save the date notice is posted at the following link: Save the Date

    The draft agenda has been posted at this Link: Agenda

    The workshop will be held in the White Pine Ballroom (A & B) from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on January 11. The Great Wolf Lodge is located at 3575 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49684.  The phone number is 1-866-478-9653.

    Registration for the workshop is now open. To register, please go to the following link and provide the requested information:

    Sleeping rooms are available at a special rate of $89 plus tax and can be reserved under the room block of the Great Lakes Captains’ Association Great Lakes Industry Days conference. Each individual guest must make their own reservation by calling the toll-free Central Reservations Department at 1-866-478-9653.  To receive the special group rate please use the Reservation Code 2401GLCA.  

    The hotel will not handle individual reservations, you MUST call the 866 number.

  • AquaHacking Great Lakes Challenge

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2023-10-10
    The AquaHacking Great Lakes Challenge is an immersive, hands-on program that engages students and young professionals to apply their skills to develop innovative tech-based solutions for critical freshwater issues. Through the nine months of the Challenge, participants will have access to expert mentors and workshops. They will get entrepreneurship training and coaching as they prepare to pitch their solutions in our Shark Tank-style competitions.  Finalist teams will compete for $35,000 in seed funding and a spot in a startup incubator. 

    Upcoming Info Sessions

    • Oct. 12, 2023, 4:00 PM (EDT): In-person info session at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.  Register here.
    • Oct. 13, 2023, 12:00 PM (EDT): Dive deep into pressing water issues with experts.
    • Oct. 24, 2023, 12:00 PM (EDT): Learn how you can drive real change in the AquaHacking Challenge.
  • 2023 workshop presentations available

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2023-02-22
    Presentations made during the January 2023 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop are now available - (click link):  Reports and Standards Page,   

  • Agenda and Training Information Now Available - 12 Jan 2023 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-10-12

    The draft agenda for the 12 Jan 2023 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop is now posted at the following link:

    PLEASE NOTE - A great deal of interest was expressed in holding a technical training class on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.  In response, NMC has set up a one-day course - Marine Electronics Fundamentals: Great Lakes Association of Science Ships (GLASS). This course was specially designed for the members of the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships (GLASS) and will focus on electrical safety, basic electrical theory, troubleshooting, soldering, cables and connectors, and electrical distribution systems. Details are provided on the location and cost at the link above. Please call (231) 995-1700 to register.  Please register as soon as possible this week to reserve a spot in the training session. There is a fee for the training course; however, the workshop is free.

  • R/V Blue Heron - Exploring Lake Superior

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-09-09
    Check out the WDIO story on the R/V Blue Heron working in Lake Superior deploying experimental buoys - see:

    Exploring Lake Superior: Researching the water and waves - – With you for life

  • Stone Lab Open House 10 Sept 2022

  • Lakebed 2030 Sept 28 to 30 Traverse City MI

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-06-22
    Lakebed 2030 will bring together science, research, policy, government and industry professionals to examine the latest in technology and high-resolution mapping of the Great Lakes.  Registration information can be found on the Northwestern Michigan College website.  

  • Training Opportunity - Water Innovation Lab

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-06-02
    See NWM College link below for more information and to register-

    The Water Innovation Lab (WIL) is immersive leadership training designed to accelerate collaborative innovation and advance new technologies. The program supports emerging leaders and entrepreneurs (ages 19-35) across the water and applied technology disciplines to learn and innovate together.

    Participants in the WIL Great Lakes will work together to address the following themes:

    1. Water systems monitoring technologies
    2. Fisheries and habitat monitoring technologies
    3. High-resolution mapping including benthic and LIDAR mapping
    4. Data management, applications, and dissemination
    Due to generous support from our partners, there are no fees to participate in the Water Innovation Lab - Great Lakes. Open to young professionals (ages 19-35) living, working, or studying in Canada or US. Deadline to apply is June 29th 

  • Great Lakes research vessels begin annual fish surveys

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-04-28
    Featured link to Petosky News Article - Great Lakes Research Vessels getting underway in 2022 - Discusses Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries division starting their annual fish surveys.

  • Presentations from 26th Annual Science Vessel Coordination Workshop Now Available

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-03-24
    Presentations and notes from the 26th annual workshop and the fleet management and science support meeting are now available on the Reports and  Standards tab on

  • Recordings of GLASS Workshop Meetings Now Available

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-02-22
    Thanks to all the participants in the 2022 Great Lakes Fleet Management and Science Support Meeting and the 26th Annual Science Vessel Coordination Workshop. The Zoom recordings from last week’s meetings are now available to view. The links are posted below.

    Great Lakes Fleet Management Science and Support Discussion, Feb. 16, 2022

    Great Lakes Association of Science Ships 26th Annual Science Vessel Coordination Workshop, Feb. 17, 2022


  • 2022 Science Vessel Virtual Workshop

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2022-01-04
    Please save the date and plan to attend the 2022 Virtual Science Vessel Coordination Workshop. 

    For more than 25 years, the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships (GLASS) has been hosting annual workshops focused on science vessel coordination and operation. The 2022 virtual workshop will include panels on staff and crew recruitment and training, science and monitoring, a roundtable on operational and supply-chain challenges due to COVID, vessel upates and other technical presentations.

    The virtual workshop will take place on Thursday February 17, 2022 starting at 9:00 a.m. EST. View Agenda

    While the workshop is free, we do ask that participants register in advance by using the link below.


    To join - 

    Sci Vessel Workshop, Feb. 17th from 9 AM to 3:30 PM via Zoom.

    Join Zoom Meeting


    Meeting ID: 835 0895 2121

    Passcode: 737201

  • Marine Technology Webinar Series

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2021-11-19
    The Marine Center @ Northwestern Michigan College in partnership with Teledyne Marine and Dune Technologies has announced a monthly technology webinar series focused on the application of new technologies in the marine and geospatial environment. See Links for registration details. 


    December 9, 2021 at 12:00 Noon ET 

    Autonomous Surface Vehicle: SONAR & LiDAR data overlay and integration
    Vitad “V” Pradith
    Product Line Manager, SeaBotix/Oceanscience
    Teledyne Marine



    January 13, 2022 at 12:00 Noon ET 

    Nearshore water quality monitoring technologies and capabilities
    David A. Wardwell
    Dune Technologies, LLC



    February 10, 2022 at 12:00 Noon ET

    Seabed Mapping: Applications and new technologies
    Pim Kuus,
    Senior Hydrographer & Product Manager, Teledyne Marine



    March 10, 2022 at 12:00 Noon ET

    Groundwater monitoring for hazardous materials (PFAS, etc.)
    David A. Wardwell
    Dune Technologies, LLC


  • New Job Postings

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2021-11-02
    See the Jobs page for new posting for USFWS M/V Baird and GVSU vessel positions on the D.J. Angus and the W.G. Jackson

  • Marine Center Announces Course Offerings for Fall 2021

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2021-10-05
    Northwestern Michigan College Lifelong and Professional Learning site has posted new offerings for the Marine Center available at the following link:

    Marine Center Course Registration Site (

  • August GLOS Update

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2021-08-13
    Check out the August 2021 GLOS update at: GLOS 

    It has some excellent examples of new Smart Great Lakes initiatives including the Consortium of Great Lakes Gliders - cooperative work to organize the use of AUVs. - Excellent Work!  

  • NMC Webinar Series - Mapping the Great Lakes

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2021-05-07
    Here's a great opportunity to receive some training from NMC's Marine Center that is being offered at no cost thanks to a grant from the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. To register you need to click on the links provided below and more information is available from the

    Register for each webinar by selecting the link below. There is no cost for the events.

    Webinar Focus                                      Date                                                      Times (Eastern time zone)
    Mapping/Technology              May 20, 2021                                         12:30-2:00 PM
    Coastline                                 June 17, 2021                                         12:30-2:00 PM
    Habitat/Fisheries                     July 15,2021                                          12:30-2:00 PM
    Archaeology/Geology             September 15, 2021                               12:30-2:00 PM
    Lakebed 2030 Conference      September 29,30, October 1, 2021         1:00 - 5:00 PM 
    Collaboration                           November 18, 2021                               12:30-2:00 PM 

  • EPA’s Floating Laboratory Lake Guardian Sails Again

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2021-04-07
    EPA’s Floating Laboratory Lake Guardian Sails Again

     (from Great Lakes News)

    Contact: Taylor Gillespie, 872-276-3635,

    CHICAGO (April 8, 2021) – After a year in lockdown due to COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency’s largest research vessel Lake Guardian has set sail. Eleven scientists supported by a 15-member crew will live and work aboard the ship this month. The work on the Lake Guardian is EPA science at its best. Among other activities, these scientific sailors are lowering nets, sleds, bottles, cameras, and other types of equipment into the Great Lakes to collect water, sediment, and lower food web organisms. Scientists will use the three on-board laboratories to examine and evaluate the collected samples, which will shed light on many of the pressing and urgent issues affecting the Great Lakes.

    EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office has conducted water quality surveys every spring and summer since 1983, with the exception of the 2020 surveys which were canceled due to COVID-19. These surveys help EPA fulfill environmental monitoring and assessment commitments specified in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States and in the U.S. Clean Water Act. The Lake Guardian is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the world’s largest system of fresh surface water.

    In recent years, EPA monitoring programs reported the first detections of three additional non-native zooplankton species in the Great Lakes. These species are still considered rare and, thus far, are not demonstrating a threat to the Great Lakes. On this survey, scientists are monitoring the long-term changes in phytoplankton at offshore stations where the conditions are shallower and closer to nearshore regions of Lakes Michigan and Superior. Nearshore data is closer to the stress associated with human activities on land and may tell a story that directly reflects human-Great Lakes interactions.

    During the past two centuries, over 180 species of aquatic plants and animals not native to the area have been introduced into the Great Lakes resulting in significant changes to  the ecosystem. These changes have greatly affected the economy, health, and well-being of the people that rely on the system for food, water, and recreation. Zebra and quagga mussels were first discovered over 30 years ago and have coincided with major changes to the Great Lakes water quality and food health, especially in Lakes Huron, Ontario, and Michigan. The mussels eat up the offshore algae which leaves less food for the lower food web. EPA Lake Guardian scientists use these surveys to study these effects.

    When the scientists on the Lake Guardian are not searching for new species or evaluating the lower food web, they are often promoting STEM education on videocalls with students in a program called “Students Ask Scientists”, where classrooms get an inside look into the daily life of the scientists on-board. Among other activities, the scientists demonstrate to the students the impacts of water pressure in a fun and visible way by shrinking styrofoam cups in the depths of the Great Lakes. Students send decorated cups to the Lake Guardian scientists, who drop them into the deepest reaches of the Great Lakes, retrieve the much smaller but undeformed cups, and send them back to the students. This program was developed in partnership with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

    EPA’s Lake Guardian is 180 feet in length, with a gross tonnage of 959 GT, and a cruising speed of 11 knots. It has a berthing capacity of 41 people.

    For images please view the press release on the EPA newsroom.


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