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Adaptive Management of Federal Investments to Great Lakes Restoration Activities


August 2016 - February 2018


This project will support development of a planning approach to prioritize projects to receive funding under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The planning approach will be developed as part of a pilot project to be carried out in United States’ portion of the western basin of Lake Erie. The approach will support the selection of annual project portfolios that: (1) address critical ecosystem problems with the best available methods; (2) identify key uncertainties and address these through adaptive management (AM) or other applications of science; (3) capacitate monitoring of ecosystem status at appropriate scales and time intervals; and (4) incorporate learning feedbacks into the annual planning process. Success of this project will result in a transparent and functional consensus-based framework for multi-agency decision making that leads to accelerated progress toward the achievement of Great Lakes management goals.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 41

Presentations: 133



  • Clinton MoorePrincipal Investigator
  • Peter EsselmanCo-Principal Investigator
  • Seth GuikemaNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • USGS - Great Lakes Science Center


Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Georgia
  5. Wildlife Management Institute