Clarkson University biology professor Michael Twiss is serving a three-year appointment to the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board’s research coordination committee.
The board assists the International Joint Commission with regulating bodies of water shared by the U.S. and Canada, investigating transboundary issues and recommending solutions.
Twiss has 25 years' research experience on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and has published research on biogeochemical processes in these waters. In a news release, he says that as a Yankee raised in Ontario on the north shore of Lake Huron, where his Ojibway father-in-law lived, he has a genuine tri-national attitude towards this remarkable globally significant freshwater ecosystem.
In the release, Twiss says that Canada and the United States created the International Joint Commission because they recognized that each country is affected by the other's actions in lake and river systems along their shared border; and that the two countries cooperate to manage these waters wisely and to protect them for the benefit of today's citizens and future generations.