Michigan Sea Grant research projects promote effective natural resource management through a multidisciplinary approach to complex environmental challenges. Researchers collaborate directly with policy-makers, outreach specialists and community leaders to define an environmental problem, and identify the type of information needed to guide decision-making.
Each research project involves Sea Grant outreach and education specialists. With long-standing community relationships, Sea Grant specialists help connect researchers with relevant stakeholders, including policy-makers, state agencies, environmental organizations, and local citizens. Research teams recognize the importance of public outreach and education.
Research projects are funded through a competitive, peer-reviewed process, with a biennial call for proposals. Researchers from any accredited University in the state of Michigan are eligible to apply. However, project teams are not limited to university researchers or Michigan residents.
Research projects are aligned with Sea Grant’s strategic focus areas: Healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable coastal development, safe and sustainable seafood supply, and hazard resilience in coastal communities.
Sea Grant has improved knowledge about Michigan’s coastal/Great Lakes issues:
- Sustainable Coastal Development
- Bacteria and beach closures
- Storm water management to reduce runoff
- Coastal restoration to enhance fish habitat
- Risk assessment to address water safety
- Fluctuating water levels
- Climate and weather
Dr. James Diana
Michigan Sea Grant
UM School of Natural Resources and Environment
520 E. Liberty, Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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