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Mark Gleason, Assistant Professor

Mark Gleason, Assistant Professor

Several GVSU’s departments are cooperating to undertake underwater research in our Great Lakes and small inland lakes.  Mark Gleason, Ph.D., of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department and Mark Schwartz, Ph.D., of the Archaeology Department are completing their fourth year of a successful partnership exploring Great Lakes shipwrecks using underwater technology.  Their research involves exploring shipwrecks with sophisticated marine technology.  The technology being used includes Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and side scan sonar.  The ROVs are small robots that are driven from the surface to the shipwreck where they explore using cameras and other gear.  Nearly seventy shipwrecks have been explored in past four years by the team with support from several agencies, schools and private companies.  Among the project’s other supporting partners are NOAA’s Thunder Bay Sanctuary, Alpena Community College, and Seaview Systems.

Dr. Gleason has been featured on/in many media outlets, here are a few:  Take Five & Company on WZZM 13, WOOD TV8, GVSU Lanthorn, Science Around Michigan, Great Lakes Echo, and several issues in the Cadence Newspaper.

In addition to Dr. Gleason's research above, he also participates in ROV dives in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with a cadre from the Alpena Community College. The following videos are created by a student from ACC.

Various dives from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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