Caring for the Great Lakes and Psychology

On February 16 at 1:00 pm, Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) will host a free virtual event titled Behavior Change and the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards. Jess Lasoff-Santos from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability and Katie Williamson of Rare’s Center for Behavior and Environment will discuss how we can use psychology to influence environmental stewardship behavior. The event is free but registration is required. A link to participate will be sent after registration.

This is the last event in the 2020-21 ISEA Cafe series. ISEA Cafes are an informal monthly gathering of the ISEA community to stay in touch during the non-sailing season and to deepen understanding of the Great Lakes. “We’ve had great success in moving the Cafes online,” shared Juliana Lisuk, Volunteer Coordinator for the Inland Seas Education Association. “It has allowed the public to participate no matter where they live. People from across the country have joined us virtually.”

ISEA’s second virtual cafe event, Gobies, Quaggas, and the Nearshore Food Web, took place in December. Graceanne Tarsa, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, was the presenter. Last month, the filmmakers and women divers from The Big Five Dive shared their film and spoke with participants about diving all five of the Great Lakes in 24 hours.

Inland Seas Education Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Suttons Bay, Michigan, dedicated to STEM education on the Great Lakes. Its shipboard and shore-side education programs are designed to inspire people of all ages to provide for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes. ISEA offers programs to schools, groups, and the public. For further information, contact Inland Seas Education Association at (231) 271-3077,, or on the web at