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An Integrated Physical-Social-Community (PSC) Approach for Sustainable Shore Protection, Beach Integrity, and Bluff/Dune Stabilization Along Lake Michigan

Principal Investigator: Cary Troy
Affiliation: Purdue University
Initiation Date: 2020

The overall goals of this project are to:

  • Better understand coastal processes in terms of nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and coastal morphology under changing climate forcing in Lake Michigan
  • Help effectively communicate to stakeholders, with the purpose of promoting sustainable shore protection, increasing the integrity of beaches; and stabilizing bluffs/dunes in Lake Michigan


Past, Present, and Future Impacts of Weather and Climate on the Geology of the Illinois Coast

Principal Investigator: Ethan Theuerkauf
Affiliation: Illinois State Geological Survey
Initiation Date: 2018
  • Develop a historical database of environmental processes and anthropogenic disturbances determined to have caused coastal geomorphic changes for Illinois Beach State Park and Waukegan Beach
  • Produce list of probable future (within next 50 years) beach and dune changes for coastal managers
  • Engage stakeholders in order to understand how data can be readily visualized and utilized in the planning and decision-making process

Restoration of native pine species in Great Lake coastal environments

Principal Investigator: Robert Fahey
Affiliation: The Morton Arboretum
Initiation Date: 2011
  • Define historical baselines for restoration of coastal Great Lakes pine forests
  • Evaluate the necessity for restoration of composition and structure in modern coastal forests
  • Assess the impact of historical legacies on modern composition and structure of coastal pine forest

Simulating the implications of recreational disturbance on Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Principal Investigator: Patrick Zollner
Affiliation: Purdue University
Initiation Date: 2009
  • Assess how recreation influences the behavior of the endangered Karner blue butterfly at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Identify and predict the implications of such disturbance-related behavior on oviposition rate and larval host plant selection by the Karner blue butterfly
  • Identify and devise active management strategies and site designs minimizing recreational disturbance to the Karner blue butterfly at sites with existing populations and restored sites proposed for the species re-introduction

Reconstructing low lake levels of Lake Michigan

Principal Investigator: Timothy Fisher
Affiliation: University of Toledo
Initiation Date: 2004
  • To provide information on past low lake levels of Lake Michigan, to better
    understand why there have been lower lake levels in the past, and to better predict and thus prepare for future low lake levels

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