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Our Centers and Laboratories

Collected zebra mussels rest on the deck of a research vessel in the Great Lakes. They filter
water to feed, which concentrates any contaminants they consume within their tissues. Analyzing
them is a low tech but highly accurate process that provides clues to whether or not chemicals
pollute the waterway they inhabit.
Collected zebra mussels rest on the deck of a research vessel in the Great Lakes. They filter water to feed, which concentrates any contaminants they consume within their tissues. Analyzing them is a low tech but highly accurate process that provides clues to whether or not chemicals pollute the waterway they inhabit.

Each of our five centers has specific capabilities and research expertise in coastal and ocean issues. Three of the centers are dedicated research laboratories, another conducts research through analyses of field data, and one funds research with competitive grants.