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July 27, 2004
Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Director Public Relations 218 726-8830
Steve Colman, Director, UMD Large Lakes Observatory 218 726-6723

Large Lakes Observatory Names New Director
Dr. Steve Colman

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced the appointment of Dr. Steve Colman as new director of the UMD Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) effective July 1. Dr. Colman was formerly with the United States Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts since 1977.

Dr. Colman has won numerous honors and awards including the prestigious Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America and the Chandler-Misener Award of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. He has conducted research on several of the world's large lakes including Lake Michigan, Lake Titicaca in Peru and Lake Baikal in Russia.

Dr. Colman replaces Dr. Thomas Johnson who has stepped down to concentrate on his research. Dr. Johnson established the UMD Large Lakes Observatory ten years ago, and as the director, he led the organization to become a world leader in fresh water research.

About UMD's Large Lakes Observatory:
Located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes world wide. Its focus is on the global implications of its investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circulation dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology.

LLO's research ranges from lakes in the East African Rift Valley and Central Asia, to the Great Lakes of North America. Close ties have been formed with institutes in Canada, Uganda, France, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Nicaragua, Malawi, Tanzania and England, as well as with many universities within the United States.

LLO is part of a major limnological program that includes the Limnological Research Center and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, and the Center for Water and the Environment in the Natural Resources Research Institute on the UMD campus

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