Marion Balyszak recently spoke about the Finger Lakes Institute, of which she is director, at the International Association for Great Lakes Research at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
Her presentation was part of a session on “Field Stations and Institutes in the Laurentian Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.”
She explained how FLI is dedicated to environmental research and education that advances, coordinates and disseminates scientific understanding about the 11 Finger Lakes.
Institute personnel are involved in an expanding lake research program using two research vessels. The facility, opened in 2004 in a renovated house with classroom, laboratory and public spaces, employs six staff members with an annual budget of $500,000.
In addition, nearly $5 million in funds from federal, state and private foundations support research and education, clearinghouse and web-based resource sharing, student internships and collaboration with regional academic institutions, agencies and government water quality efforts.