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At the event, Robert Sterner, the current Large Lakes Observatory director said, "Tonight we reflect on a 20-year legacy of excellence in aquatic science and we looked forward with excitement to building on that foundation. LLO is a shining example of a thriving interdisciplinary research institute. Its mission of "Large Lakes of the World" is unique in the U.S. and perhaps the world. The few largest lakes on Earth hold a large fraction of the planet's liquid freshwater, perhaps the most precious social resource there is. By deepening the scientific understanding of these important and fascinating places, LLO scientists provide information vital to sustainable development."
LLO's faculty focus their work on a variety of sciences including biology, aquatic chemistry, physical limnology. geochemistry, geophysics, and paleoclimatology. 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.
For two decades, staff from this world-class research institute have been traveling the globe, working to understand how lakes function, how they behaved in the past, and what will happen to them in the coming years.
LLO faculty, researchers, directors, and founders.
|UMD Chancellor Lendley C. Black and Minnesota Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon.|
|Robert Carlson, Bob Holt, Bob Sterner, Steve Colman, Erik Brown, and Tom Johnson.||Swenson Science and Engineering Dean Josh Hamilton and current LLO Director Bob Sterner.||LLO's first director, Tom Johnson|
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