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An Update from UMBS Director Knute Nadelhoffer:
I welcome you to join in celebrating our field station’s recent successes. These include
providing an increasingly diverse student body with experiential learning opportunities,
further developing our world-class research programs, and finding new ways to work
with community partners to address environmental challenges.
I also write inform you of my plans to retire as Biological Station Director in December
2020. Each year since starting in 2003 has been a new and valued experience, both
professionally and personally. I am privileged to have had opportunities to interact with
brilliant scientists, talented students, and dedicated staff members. In addition, meeting
and working with our field station’s neighbors in the north, our alumni, and new friends
has been deeply rewarding. Thank you all for helping improve services to our students,
researchers and surrounding communities.
As for the future, I began work with the LSA Dean’s office in early 2018 to conduct a
national search for my successor, which is nearing completion. I am pleased that this
effort attracted a number of highly qualified candidates and that the LSA Dean is now
arranging final interviews to recruit the new Director. I am confident that improving
and advancing our field-based research, our education programs, and our contributions
to sustaining our environment will continue as you work with my successor.
As our disciplinary focus expands, we are challenged to provide the financial aid needed
to attract a larger and more diverse student body. Course offerings provided through our
Transforming Learning Program (TLP), entering its fourth year in 2020, have expanded
our curriculum by developing field-based courses in art, architecture, policy, chemistry,
pharmacy, and the humanities. Our annual student survey results, available to all who
ask, provide evidence that UMBS experiences are greatly valued by our students, who
are now younger and more diverse than in the past. This is an outcome we celebrate as
we move into our 2020 field season and beyond.
I invite you to support the Biological Station during this most important time of
transition. Our highest priority is to enable all students, regardless of economic capacity,
to experience the field-based learning and research opportunities our field station offers.
I thank you and wish you the very best from all of us at the University
of Michigan Biological Station.
Knute J. Nadehoffer