Intensive Study: Great Lakes Ecology and Management

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management420.627 Great Lakes Ecology and Management Course Description

This intensive course examines the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the Great Lakes aquatic ecosystem as well as its governance, policy-making and management. State-of-the-science, socio-economic relationships, human impacts and restoration activities are also explored, often by presentations from regional experts. Daily lecture topics are reinforced with numerous field experiences to an array of sites throughout Michigan. Students will also be exposed to hands-on sampling, learn about long-term monitoring programs and participate in developing alternative management strategies. The capstone field experience will occur from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 28, 2019, with online work beginning on May 15th and ending on August 21st. Prerequisite: Environmental Policy Making and Policy Analysis or equivalent experience.

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management

Course Schedule (subject to change)
May 15,
Online portion of course begins.
Jul. 19,
4 pm
Field experience convenes at Cranbrook Science Center, Bloomington Hills, Michigan (rendezvous details provided after registration; we will have a shuttle to and from DET airport)
Housing is in multi-occupancy hotel or dorm rooms. Because this is an intensive course that covers a considerable amount of geographic territory over 10 days, activities are all day and sometimes extend into evenings after meals. Students should not plan on doing extensive work for other courses during the field trip. The course fee includes food and lodging during the time class is convened as well as all transportation and field excursion costs.
Jul. 28,
1 pm
Field experience ends at DTW airport (or Cranbrook Science Center for those who drive a vehicle)
Aug. 21,
Course ends; all assignments due


Paul KazyakPaul Kazyak
Paul is a recently retired aquatic scientist from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. His past experience includes design and implementation of the nationally recognized Maryland Biological Stream Survey and documenting water quality improvements from restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. He is an experienced educator and was named 2008 Environmental Educator of the Year by the National Science Teachers Association. He has been teaching Freshwater Ecology at Johns Hopkins since 1994 and spent a portion of his career in the Great Lakes area.

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management


The field portion of the course will utilize a number of facilities. Examples include the Cranbrook Science Center, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Northwestern Michigan College, and the Annis Water Resources Institute.

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management


Students should budget for the following costs for the course:
$300-500 Roundtrip
$4,091 Tuition
$1,450 Trip fee.
This fee covers lodging and facility fees, ground transportation during the field trip, meals, access to field sites and use of equipment.
Travel to join the course: Students are responsible for getting themselves to and from Detroit airport (DTW) on July 19 and July 28.
The capstone field trip ends at 1:00 pm on July 28th so students may schedule travel home starting the afternoon of that day. NOTE: For those students choosing to travel by car, ride-sharing with other students may be possible.

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management


Registration for the course will open on Feb. 19 and close on May 7. Students will register for this course in SIS. Payment is due at the time of registration (tuition $4,091 + course fee $1,450). If a student decides to drop this course, $500 of the tuition is non-refundable, regardless of a student’s payment method choice (financial aid, employer assistance, tuition remission, etc). Please note: this course does not follow the regular tuition refund schedule and all tuition and fees for this course are NON-REFUNDABLE when registration closes.

The course needs 8 people to run. Tuition refunds will be made if there are not enough people to run the course. The maximum number of people for the course is 15. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis with priority given to ESP degree candidates. Do not purchase travel or make other investments in your trip until you hear from AAP that there are enough participants to run the trip. If you have any questions please contact an academic advisor.

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management

Important Dates
Feb. 19 – May 7, 2019 Registration is open.
May 8, 2019 Students notified if the course has sufficient enrollment to run; do not purchase travel or accommodations before this notification.
May 15, 2019 Online portion of course begins.
Jul. 19, 2019 4:00 pm Capstone field trip convenes at Cranbrook Science Center
Jul. 28, 2019 1:00 pm Capstone field trip ends; students return home.
Aug. 21, 2019 Course ends.


Students will make their own travel arrangements to and from Detroit airport (or Cranbrook Science Center if you are driving to rendezvous for the field trip (car-pooling/ride-sharing is recommended). The university is not responsible for refunds, penalties, or other fees that may be incurred or lost for changes or cancellations of airfare. Trip insurance is recommended and students should consider offsetting their carbon from travel.

Student Emergency Contact Information

Students must update their emergency contact information in SIS by following these instructions:

  1. Log in to
  2. Hover over the “Personal Information” tab
  3. Select “Emergency Contact”
  4. Complete “Emergency Contact” information

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management

Important Form

All course participants must complete:

420.618 Great Lakes Ecology and Management