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