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Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute provides leadership in citizen science, outreach, and education on regional conservation issues while fostering the next generation of environmental leaders.

Northland College graduate Olivia Anderson runs tests at the Burke Center lab

Summer Ideal Time for Gaining Professional Experience

Olivia Anderson, 2018 Graduate

Major: sustainable community development with physical planning and development emphasis, and natural resources with ecological restoration emphasis Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota Future Plans: sustainable design Q. What are you up to post-graduation? A. Short-term, this summer and at least into the fall I will be working for the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation…  Read More

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Research Experience Lands Weir His Dream Job

As a Northland College student, Andrew Weir felt like he was gaining valuable experiences in his geosciences major, but knew that in order to pursue a career in environmental consulting he would need something more substantial on his resume to stand out amongst other applicants. That is why Weir decided to spend three years building…  Read More

World Water Day

Dive In: Freshwater Research Opportunities

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day, a day of international observance and opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others, and take action to make a difference. Each year a theme is chosen; the 2018 theme is ‘”nature for water”—exploring nature-based solutions…  Read More

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Student Research Opportunities

Research, Analyze, Communicate: The Student Experience We take our location next to the largest freshwater lake in the world seriously. Through our laboratory, field research, and communications, we provide paid graduate level opportunities for undergraduates. Our  student researchers, analyze, and communicate freshwater science—including climate change, toxic chemicals, Great Lakes policy, water quality, and water scarcity.  

Chemistry student in the lab

Lab Services

ARELab supports applied environmental research and provides service to citizens and professionals throughout the region.