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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Adaptive Management of Federal Investments to Great Lakes Restoration Activities


August 2016 - June 2020


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: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



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

Funding Agencies

  • USGS - Great Lakes Science Center


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey