Lake Erie's Past, Present and Future; with Dr. Jeffrey Reutter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Case Western Reserve University's Office of Sustainability and The Great Lakes Energy Institute are extremely honored to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Reutter to campus on April 26th as part of our ongoing Green Bag Lunch series.  Dr. Jeff Reutter is the former director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. He currently acts as Special Advisor to the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, and continues to participate on regional, national and international advisory groups concerned with protecting Lake Erie.  He is widely regarded as our state’s foremost expert on the Lake, its species, and its greater ecosystem.  The lecture will take place in the Senior Classroom at the Tinkham Veale University Center from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. Registration is required. 


Jeffrey M. Reutter began working on Lake Erie at The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory in 1971, and for the next 44 years, the Lake was his home, his work, and his passion.  From 1987 to 2015, he directed 4 programs at Stone Labs: F.T. Stone Laboratory, the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, the Center for Lake Erie Area Research, and the Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium, a consortium of top scientists at 12 Ohio colleges. When he retired as Director he accepted a part-time appointment as a Special Advisor for the programs. 

He received his BS and MS from Ohio State in fisheries management and his Ph.D. from Ohio State in Environmental Biology. He has been a member of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel, serving many federal agencies and offices, where he chaired the Education Sub-Panel and served on the Research to Application Task Force. He served for 21 years on the Council of Great Lakes Research Managers for the International Joint Commission in US State Department with 6 years as US Co-Chair, and has been the President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) and the Ohio State Chapter of the Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi. He is the US Co-Chair of the Lake Erie Millennium Network and the Objectives and Targets Task Team for Annex 4 (nutrients) of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He served for 12 years on the Board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund and is currently a trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the Cleveland Water Alliance.  

Dr. Reutter is an aquatic biologist and limnologist, the author of over 150 technical reports and journal articles, and a frequent lecturer on issues related to the changing Lake Erie ecosystem, harmful algal blooms, nutrient loading, aquatic invasive species, linking environmental health and coastal economic development, Great Lakes research needs and priorities, the importance of science education and research, and the importance of scientists communicating with the public. 

While at Ohio State he has aided in the development of 23 endowments and supported over 2200 students with scholarships, fellowships, and part-time work. He has been the principal investigator on over $50 million in grants and contracts. He received the Friends of Stone Laboratory Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Environmental Council, and the 2015 Water Conservationist of the Year Award from the League of Ohio Sportsmen.