Students Explore Wisconsin’s Freshwater Coast

UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, and Calvin College students enrolled in Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin’s Human Interactions with Lake Michigan Coastal Ecosystems course recently had the opportunity to explore Lake Michigan with hands-on experience and technology.

The course, taught by faculty from UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, and UW-Parkside is designed to educate students about how Wisconsin’s freshwater coast has been impacted by climate change, wastewater runoff, agricultural runoff, and coastal erosion. The students engaged in various research and exploration strategies, including wading into the water to learn about wildlife and using a side scan sonar and an ROV to explore the Francis Hinton shipwreck, part of NOAA’s Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

To learn more about the course, check out Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin’s website.

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