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November 2023

No matter where you are in the world, we hope you enthusiastically share your support for the beautiful treasure that is the University of Michigan Biological Station and its drive to advance research, scientific discovery, student success and habitat preservation.

Just in time for the holiday season, I am thrilled to announce we have opened a new online merchandise store that ships globally. This is an opportunity to energize and amplify the great sense of pride in our special place during a time of such positive momentum.

It takes a united effort to spread the word across Michigan and the world about our research and experiential learning opportunities and strengthen our future impact.

Visit the store to peruse and purchase merchandise that includes rain jackets, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, beanies, 1/4-zip sweatshirts, sweater fleece jackets, crewneck sweaters, vests and a tote bag. Read the UMBS story to learn about the eco-friendly inspiration behind the shop.

I have exciting sustainability news in our efforts to take UMBS carbon neutral. During the State of the College Address, Dean Anne Curzan who leads the U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts announced LSA plans to partner with the Office of the Provost to invest $10 million to make the Biological Station carbon neutral.

We are thrilled by the collaborative support and look forward to the review of our ambitious proposal before it goes to the Board of Regents for approval. I’ll keep you updated on that process.

After finalizing courses for our next season of student discovery, we’re actively recruiting undergraduates for the four-week spring and summer terms in 2024. I encourage you to explore the fascinating courses on slate and invite students in your networks to apply to be part of an experience that changes the way you see the world. We welcome all majors and minors from all over the globe, in addition to U-M. All students can be considered for UMBS scholarship funding, including guest and international students.

We love shining a spotlight on our dedicated, talented staff at UMBS. This month I am proud to introduce you to Building and Facilities Supervisor Eareckson Myers who generously shared lessons he learned during his military service in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Read his Q&A.

In this season of gratitude, thank you to Eareckson for his service and thank you to each and every person who reads this newsletter for your continued support. We couldn’t achieve our critical goals without you.

Read our full November 2023 Newsletter to watch a video featuring a sweet surprise along the Gorge showcasing how UMBS honored a conservationist on his 95th birthday.

Dr. Aimée Classen