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Lake Champlain Research Institute at Plattsburgh State

Who We Are
The primary objective of the Lake Champlain Research Institute (L.C.R.I.) is to promote undergraduate student research. Current affiliate activities include regional interdisciplinary investigations of biological, physical, economic, historical and educational issues.

The Institute is actively involved in research in the Lake Champlain Basin that results in a better understanding of regional natural resources and provides reliable scientific information to environmental decision makers.

What We Do
L.C.R.I. exists to provide students a research experience as part of their career preparation. Students conducting research with L.C.R.I. affiliates often go on to present their findings at annual events on campus, such as the Sigma Xi student symposium, or at scientific meetings, such as the Northeast Chapter of the Geological Society of America, the North American Benthological Society and others. 

The Institute sponsors field and laboratory research experiences for students while conducting workshops and research based courses that involve students in hands-on active learning.   These will be exciting opportunities for students to participate in L.C.R.I. activities using state-of-the-art equipment and serving as a springboard to successful careers.

The Lake Champlain Institute at Plattsburgh State allows you to:

  • Work directly with active research faculty on many very exciting research topics (such as National Science Foundation, N.O.A.A., and E.P.A. funded projects ranging from Lake Champlain plankton to Adirondack geology to watershed processes and more)
  • Use some of the most advance research facilities available to develop your career skills (facilities that are very hard to find at most 4-year schools)
  • Interact with other student researchers on campus in a variety of disciplines
  • Have access to Lake Champlain research aboard the R/V Monitor

L.C.R.I. Research

L.C.R.I. Hosts New York office for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program
Plattsburgh State teams with the University of Vermont Sea Grant to explore ways to better conserve, utilize and rehabilitate the aquatic resources of the Lake Champlain region.
Learn more.

L.C.R.I.'s "Most Significant Research Award"
Researchers at the Plattsburgh State Lake Champlain Research Institute and Center for Earth and Environmental Science recently landed a 3-yr $551,000 National Science Foundation grant in conjunction with colleagues at SUNY-Cortland and Paul Smith's College.

Dr. Tim Mihuc, the lead Investigator, states "this is a major research award for L.C.R.I.". The "Forever Wild" watershed study involves study of stream biology, surface water chemistry, forest communities, and hydrogeology in Adirondack Upland watersheds.

"We are most happy to have supported 31 total undergraduate fellowships over the 3 years of the project at $5000 per fellowship." Mihuc adds, "This should help students working on this project develop career skills that will benefit them for life."

L.C.R.I. involved in algal toxin research:

Dr. Greg Boyer of SUNY-ESF has landed a major $3.3 million research award from the Department of Commerce MERHAB NOAA program to study blue-green algae toxins in the upper great lakes including Lake Champlain.

The project involves investigators from SUNY-ESF, Univ. Tennessee, SUNY-Brockport, SUNY-Plattsburgh, SUNY-Cornell and the University of Vermont. From Plattsburgh State, Jeff Jones (L.C.R.I. boat captain) and Dr. Tim Mihuc have worked with Plattsburgh State undergraduate researchers.


Contact Information

Dr. Timothy Mihuc
028b Hudson Hall
SUNY Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3039
Fax: (518) 564-5267


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