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|The R/V Blue Heron is outfitted with state-of-the-art research equipment that provides unique capabilities for observing Lake Superior. It is the only member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) on the Great Lakes.|
Large Lakes Observatory's 20th Anniversary Event
5-6 pm: Reception
Harborside Ballroom, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN
All are invited. Dinner is $25 per person/$100 for a table of four. Limited Seating.
Since 1994, LLO has grown to its present size of 10 faculty members who focus their research on a variety of sciences including aquatic chemistry, geochemistry and paleoclimatology. Its international reputation has gained the collaboration of field programs and research scientists on six continents. In addition to housing a vibrant graduate program, which attracts students from Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, China, Malaysia and the Netherlands, LLO provides unique research opportunities to undergraduates. In the past few years UMD undergraduates have participated in field programs in Indonesia, Mexico, Malawi, as well as on Lake Superior. Close ties have been formed with institutes in Canada, Uganda, France, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Nicaragua, Malawi, Tanzania and England, as well as with many universities within the United States.
THE R/V BLUE HERON
The LLO operates the largest university-owned research vessel in the Great Lakes. The R/V Blue Heron was purchased with LCMR support in 1997, and is the only member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) on the Great Lakes.
The ship is outfitted with state-of-the-art research equipment that provides unique capabilities for observing Lake Superior. Although LLO is the lead organization on this proposal, researchers from other parts of the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are involved in collaborative research.
|The Blue Heron (shown here on its arrival to Duluth harbor) was built in 1985 for fishing on the Grand Banks. It was purchased by the University of Minnesota in 1997, sailed from Portland, Maine, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Duluth, and converted into a limnological research vessel during the winter of 1997-98.|
LLO offers Science Fridays throughout the summer. These family-friendly events are free and feature a different topic about Lake Superior and freshwater research at each session. This year LLO has a new tent to cover the back deck, offering protection from the sun, wind, and rain. The last two 2014 Science Fridays will take place from 12:30-4:30 pm on August 22 and September 26, 2014. The August 22 session will celebrate LLO's 20th Anniversary. The presentation starts at 3:30 pm but the public may come aboard the Blue Heron starting at 12:30 pm.
By Cheryl Reitan, July 2014.
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