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GLIN==> Dr. Leon Carl Named Director of USGS Great Lakes Science Center

News Release
      March 4, 2003
     Rebecca Hayes
     (734) 214-9314

 Dr. Leon Carl Named Director

of USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Dr. Leon Carl, a long-time natural resource manager and researcher in the
Great Lakes area, has been named center director for the USGS Great Lakes
Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The USGS center provides scientific
information for restoring, managing and protecting living resources and
their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.  Carl will oversee more
than 100 employees across the region with an annual budget of about $9.6

"Dr. Carl will be an excellent director for the Great Lakes Science Center,"
said Suzette Kimball, USGS eastern regional executive for biology.  "The
scientific and management issues of the Great Lakes region are challenging,
and his background has provided him with the experience and knowledge to
meet that challenge."

Carl is formerly the director of the Watershed Science Center at Trent
University in Ontario and has published more than 30 scientific papers and
reports on issues related to species and habitats of the Great Lakes Basin.
He has also worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

With bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of
Michigan, Dr. Carl is no stranger to Ann Arbor and the Great Lakes area, "I
grew up spending summers on the shores of Lake Huron and have wanted to get
back to it for some time.  This position will provide an excellent chance
for me to reconnect with my colleagues here" Dr. Carl said.

In addition to responsibilities in Ann Arbor, Carl will have oversight for
the administration of the USGS center's five research vessels and eight
field stations. Those facilities are the Lake Superior Biological Station,
Ashland, Wis.; Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station, Porter, Ind.;
Cheboygan Vessel Base, Cheboygan, Mich.; Munising Biological Station,
Munising, Mich.; Hammond Bay Biological Station, Millersburg, Mich.; Lake
Erie Biological Station, Sandusky, Ohio; Lake Ontario Biological Station,
Oswego, N.Y.; and Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science, Cortland, N.Y.  For
more information on the Great Lakes Science Center, please visit

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describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from
natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources;
and enhance and protect our quality of life.

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