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Science Talks

A Lecture Series With the Cranbrook Institute of Science

Special thanks to our media partner Michigan Radio.

Back by popular demand, our scientists are returning to speak at this exciting Cranbrook lecture series! Topics include reconnecting waterways, toxic algal blooms, wild places and freshwater dunes. Call (248) 645-3210 or visit for tickets or more information.

Here's the evening's schedule for all of the lectures:

  • 6:30 p.m. – Meet the Scientist with a cash bar and light snacks
  • 7:00 p.m. – Lecture Begins
  • 7:45 p.m. – Q&A Session
Anatomy of an Algal Bloom

March 12, 2015
How and Why Algae Happens
Western Lake Erie Basin Project Director Carrie Vollmer-Sanders will give an overview of the factors that lead to toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie and what we can to prevent future outbreaks.

Let's Get Wild!

April 16, 2015
Exploring Amazing Places
Hear Conservation Director Dr. Patrick Doran talk about the best wild places in Michigan and the Great Lakes and what we can do to protect them for the future.

Just Dune It!

May 7, 2015
Protecting Great Lakes Dunes
Learn how Eastern Lake Michigan Project Manager Shaun Howard and his crew are working with partners to restore, manage and protect the world’s largest freshwater dune system. 

Getting Connected

June 11, 2015 (Rescheduled from February 19)
Restoring Broken Waterways
Freshwater Ecologist Mary Khoury will explain what “connectivity” means to river systems in the Great Lakes and why it’s so important to the health of our rivers and the creatures that live in them.



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