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Tuesday, January 26 • 11:20am - 11:40am
Great Lakes Science Center: A History of Adaptation To A Fluid World

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AUTHORS: Jeff Schaeffer, Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, MI; Mark Vinson, Great Lakes Science Center, Ashland Biological Station, WI; Michael Hansen, Great Lakes Science Center, Hammond Bay Biological Station, MI

ABSTRACT: During its more than 75 year history, the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) has generated almost 2000 scientific publications. We analyzed publication data to determine what factors drove topical and numerical trends. We learned that the primary driver was rapid or sudden ecosystem change that, in turn, caused center-wide shifts in focus that altered publication trends for up to a decade. Although historically GLSC responded rapidly to ecosystem change, responses differed strategically by pursuing either rapid innovation (sea lamprey control), or establishment of long-term ecological monitoring (predator-prey relationships). However, the strongest trend was a shift from narrowly focused descriptive fisheries investigations to a more ecosystem based approach that now considers processes in the context of ecological mechanisms, habitats, and landscapes.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am EST