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06-08-2017

Clarkson University's Michael Twiss Selected to Leadership Role in Great Lakes Organization

At the recent International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference in Detroit, Mich., attended by more than 1,000 attendees from around the globe, Clarkson University Professor of Biology Michael Twiss was selected to serve as vice president and president-elect of the association.

Michael Twiss IAGLR is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. IAGLR members encompass all scientific disciplines with a common interest in the management of large lake ecosystems on many levels.

“Today we are faced with increasing pressures on protecting our aquatic resources through the impact we have had, historically, and continue to have on our environment and also by the recent inattention to the importance of restoring our ecosystem for future generations," says Twiss.

Twiss, a member of IAGLR since 1989, was elected to the IAGLR Board of directors in 2016, and is intent on helping the association expand its global participation. IAGLR is committed to sharing its collective expertise with interested members of the media, policymakers and the general public to inform public policy and decision-making towards protecting the environmental health of large lake watersheds.

“IAGLR is teaming up with the European Large Lakes Society to host a joint conference on the shores of Lake Geneva in 2018," adds Twiss. "We often think of the North American Great Lakes as being a unique system, yet there are many other examples of large shared internationally lakes throughout Europe and Africa.

"One well-earned distinction is the international cooperation that exists between Canada and the United States to manage and protect its shared water resource represented by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system. Other nations look to this example as the gold standard of aquatic resource policy. IAGLR works to help maintain this model by facilitating communication amongst researchers and managers in academia, government, tribal nations, and industry."

IAGLR was established in 1967 and hosts an annual conference, publishes the scientific Journal of Great Lakes Research, and supports a number of student scholarships and awards to recognize contributions toward Great Lakes research.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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