Water is Earth’s most important resource: life requires it, communities thrive on it, and economies
depend on it. Yet water crises are becoming more common, from floods and droughts to
contaminated drinking water and microplastics. In our seminar, we will explore the science and
policy of this mighty molecule and how water availability, conservation, policy, and cultural
attitudes vary from place to place. While on the shore of Lake Michigan, we will discuss questions
of local and global relevance: can current laws protect the Great Lakes in the future? How will
Lake Michigan fish and their fisheries change as climate does? What technologies can alleviate
future water shortages? Will water stress lead to armed conflict? Seminar participants will be fully
immersed in social, economic, environmental, and ethical discussions each day as we consider our
past and present relationship with water and look forward into the future.
Peter Levi ’01 started his career in freshwater ecology alongside Titus Seilheimer ’00 during
Bart De Stasio’s ’83 limnology course. Currently, he is an assistant professor of environmental science and
sustainability at Drake University. His research addresses the health and quality of streams and rivers in
human-dominated landscapes, such as urban and agricultural watersheds. Prior to Drake, Levi studied
Great Lakes tributaries while at UW–Madison and the University of Notre Dame.
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Titus Seilheimer ’00 started on a career path in aquatic science and fish ecology at Lawrence
University. He has been a fisheries specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant since 2012 where he leads research,
outreach and education activities around Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystems. Seilheimer has spent more
than 100 days on Lake Michigan commercial fishing boats since 2015. His past research took him to all
five Great Lakes as well as the southern Great Plains.
Required reading: The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin
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