Great Lakes Research Center

Great Lakes Institute Faculty and Staff

Guy Meadows

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Large scale field experimentation in the Inland Seas of the Great Lakes and coastal oceans
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and prediction
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous environmental monitoring platforms (surface and sub-surface)
  • Underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Marine engineering
Michael Abbott
"Sure, we can do that."

Michael Abbott

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center Operations

Valoree Gagnon

  • Director, University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Research Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
  • Instructor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • University-Community Partnerships, research engagement, and equitable practice and design
  • Environmental Justice and Policy, toxic substances, risk management, and promoting holistic health
  • Indigenous / Native American Studies, treaties and the government-to-government relationship, food sovereignty, and Indigenous wisdom in the Great Lakes region
  • Environmental Stewardship and the Seven Generations Philosophy

Jill A. Olin

  • Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Faculty, Biological Sciences

Areas of Interest

  • Ecology of aquatic systems
  • Fisheries science
  • Aquatic-terrestrial energy linkages
  • Dietary biomarkers (e.g., stable isotopes, fatty acids, compound-specific isotopes of AA and FA)
  • Trophic ecology of top predators in marine, estuarine and coastal communities
  • Predator-prey interactions

Research Interests

  • Understanding species- and food web-level responses to environmental stressors using combined dietary biomarker, ecological and modeling approaches
  • Evaluating distributional patterns of organisms and the mechanisms that drive these patterns
  • Using abundance and biomass estimates to quantify nekton communities
  • Quantifying the mechanisms and processes that structure food webs and ecosystems
  • Developing ecosystem models to evaluate the effect of environmental change
Elizabeth Hoy

Elizabeth Hoy

  • Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
  • Great Lakes Research Center


  • Facilitates partnerships that support Institute growth
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Oversees administrative operations
Christopher Pinnow

Christopher Pinnow

  • Electronics/Computer Engineer, Great Lakes Research Center


  • Support GLRC research programs
  • Focus on measurements of the over water and in-water environments
  • Support design, fabrication, testing & utilization of prototype field deployable instruments, including programming and decision support algorithms
  • Statistical analysis of remote sensing and in situ data sets
Jamey Anderson

Jamey Anderson

  • Coordinator of Marine Operations
  • Reservations, Great Lakes Research Center Fleet


  • Oversee research buoys
  • Maintain and repair Remote Operated Vehicles
  • Maintain R/V Agassiz to USCG standards
  • Maintain and operate survey vessels
  • Provide electrical and mechanical support of specialized research equipment
Ryan Williams, GISP

Ryan Williams, GISP

  • Assistant Director, Geospatial Research Facility, Great Lakes Research Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Database Development
  • GIS Tool and Process Development
  • Integrating Web, GIS, Database and Analytics Tools

Travis White

  • Research Engineer, Great Lakes Research Center
Devin Seppala

Devin Seppala

  • Office Assistant
  • Great Lakes Research Center