For over 40 years, we’ve maintained the largest academic research institute on the Great Lakes.

We’re located in Milwaukee’s Harbor District right on the water. That’s part of what makes our School unique. The School of Freshwater Sciences offers the ideal location and resources to study water in all its complexities. Our faculty and students not only have direct access to the water but also to one of the best water-focused research facilities in the world.


Pardon Our Dust
We may have just opened our new $53 million research building, but our construction projects are far from over.

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Our dockside teaching lab will provide students a classroom with direct access to the water. Our aquaculture center will open intensive aquaculture and aquaponics teaching labs in order to train the nation’s next generation fish farmers. And a marine operations building will house our research fleet on the northwest side of our Inner Harbor property.

To top it all off we’re working with UWM’s Institute for Ecological Design and the City of Milwaukee to implement the latest and greatest sustainable green infrastructure throughout our building and grounds, in order that we might practice what we preach and set a strong example for the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Harbor District.

We’re Not in This Alone
We share our research facilities with several on-site collaborators.

The fisheries division of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources works-side-by side with our faculty to preserve and manage fish populations in the Great Lakes. The United States Department of Agriculture houses a unit of their Agricultural Research Service in the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center, helping us to develop cutting edge fish farming technologies. The Lake Guardian, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fleet and the largest research vessel on the Great Lakes, uses our facility as their home port. Additionally, the administrative offices of the Southeast Wisconsin Watershed Trust (SWWT Water) are co-located with the School and a Wisconsin SeaGrant economist has an office in the building.

The Global Water Center
Our connection between Milwaukee’s water technology businesses and academia.

Just down the road from us is the Global Water Center. Built by The Water Council in 2013, it aims to spur close research and business development work between academia and Milwaukee’s regional water technology businesses. The facility is a venue for attracting and creating new businesses in the water industry, and aims to address key local and global water-quality, technology and policy issues by offering water-related research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for emerging water-related companies. We share business offices and water technology research labs here with the College of Engineering & Applied Science and the Water Technology Accelerator (WATA).