Redefining the Classroom

ARL Mission

The mission of the ARL is to combine education and research on aquatic biota and their associated habitats within the Great Lakes basin to serve the academic, scientific, and public communities.  The specific goals of the ARL are to:
  • provide scientific information to further advance our understanding of regional water bodies and issues of concern.
  • provide logistical and technical support for faculty and researchers from LSSU and other institutions engaged in freshwater research.
  • promote and conduct hands-on training for undergraduate students in freshwater science.
  • foster information transfer between scientists and local communities regarding water resources of the northern Great Lakes region.

ARL Strategic Plan

GOAL 1:To promote and conduct research and training for students and faculty in all aspects of aquatic sciences, including but not limited to, fish culture, aquatic animal health, fisheries ecology and management, aquatic ecology, hydrology, and environmental chemistry. Objectives:   1.1.        Hatchery Operation
  • Propagate 25,000 - 40,000 yearling Atlantic salmon an annual basis.
  • Explore rearing of other species of fish in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Cloverland Electric for stocking purposes.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain practical, hands-on experience.
1.2.   Fisheries & Aquatic Ecology Research
  • Conduct research on the ecology and dynamics of fish populations within the Great Lakes basin in order to provide opportunities for students to gain practical, hands-on experience, provide information to management agencies, and make a meaningful contribution to the field of fisheries science.
  • Expand research opportunities which support and enhance educational programs in limnology and ecology, as well as provide scientific data to help protect and manage regional aquatic ecosystems.
1.3.   Fish Health
  • Develop and maintain a fish disease testing laboratory that will serve as a regional resource.

1.4.   Environmental Chemistry
  • Maintain a collaborative relationship with the Environmental Analysis Lab maintained and operated by LSSU’s School of Phyiscal and Environmental Sciences. 
  • Conduct research to address contaminant and water quality issues in the upper Great Lakes region.
1.5. Senior Thesis Support
  • Provide access to ARL facilities, equipment, and/or personnel to students working on their senior thesis research at no or low cost.

1.6.  Publications and other Professional Presentations
  • Prepare and present results of research and other scholarly activities of ARL faculty, staff, and students.

GOAL 2: To provide logistic and technical support for faculty and staff from LSSU and other institutions engaged in aquatic resource assessment and management. Objectives: 2.1.        Support for laboratory classes, outreach activities, and collaborative research
  • Assist and/or prepare exercises which enhance laboratory and field courses available to LSSU students.
  • Provide equipment and biological specimens to classes as needed.
  • Provide technical support, facilities, and equipment for summer camps and outreach activities as requested.
  • Encourage visiting researchers to conduct research at the ARL

2.2.        Research Space and Equipment

  • Upgrade and expand existing facilities to better serve present and future needs of the Aquatic Research Laboratory and the LSSU community.
  • Maintain and improve equipment available for use by researchers, faculty, and students.
2.3         Strengthen Financial Support of ARL
  • Secure collaborative contracts and grant funding to enhance ARL facilities and equipment, and provide student training opportunities.
  • Establish a fee use structure for facility and equipment use.
GOAL 3: To foster interaction between LSSU faculty and staff and the Sault Ste. Marie communities highlighting the aquatic resources of the northern Great Lakes region. Objectives: 3.1.        Increase Visibility of ARL and Provide Community Outreach
  • Create and distribute an semi-annual newsletter highlighting ARL activities
  • Maintain a website highlighting news events and outreach activities
  • Hold an annual Open House community event
  • Give presentations on ARL activities to regional community groups (e.g., sportsmen's clubs)
  • Participate in community environmental events
3.2.        Develop Educational Program(s) Highlighting the Aquatic Sciences
  • Support and enhance the LSSU summer Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences summer camp for high school students
  • Provide educational tours to school groups of all ages