As March draws to a close and the ice is beginning to melt, it is hard to believe that soon there will again be students learning about water quality on the D.J. Angus and the W.G. Jackson research vessels. The vessel season is slated to begin on April 18th with two trips on the Angus and three trips on the Jackson. We will again be providing educational experiences for both Grand Haven Public and Muskegon Public middle schools as well as many other groups. There are some individual educators and schools who have used the vessels for over a decade, but there are new users as well.
In preparation for the spring season, the eight D.J. Angus and W.G. Jackson science instructors attended a professional development day on March 17th at the LMC. They augmented their skills in plankton identification with assistance from Ying Hong of the AWRI, received an update on invasive species from Chuck Pistis of Michigan Sea Grant, and were trained on the GVSU Chemical Hygiene Plan. With some help from federal funding to supplement our endowment earnings, we look forward to a full complement of cruises on the vessels this season.