Lecture Archive

Come to Cranbrook Institute of Science for informative and interesting classes, workshops and activities for adults.


Astronomy, God and the Search for Elegance - Wed., November 18, 2015 - On September 18, Br. Guy was appointed director of the Vatican Observatory by Pope Francis. As part of its 90th Anniversary celebration, Manresa coordinated with the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills for Br. Guy to speak there on November 18, 2015. His talk was entitled “Astronomy, God and the Search for Elegance.”

The Freshwater Forum at Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy partnered to host the “What’s So Great about the Great Lakes” lecture series at Cranbrook Institute of Science. This series featured Nature Conservancy scientists who cast new light on topics that affect everyone who lives in the Great Lakes’ unique ecosystem.

Saving the Kirtland’s Warbler - May 5, 2016 - Dr. Dave Ewert
Thursday, May 5
Hear the inspiring story of bringing North America's rarest songbird back from the brink of extinction, how it's being protected now, and what makes the Kirtland's warbler unique.

Burn Baby Burn! - April 7, 2016 - Rodolfo Villegas
Thursday, April 7
Learn about the natural role and history of fire in our environment and how reintroducing fire to certain landscapes can benefit both nature and people.

The Nature of Cities - March 3, 2016 - A lecture by Dr. Patrick Doran, Associate State Director of The Nature Conservancy. By 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the world's population will live in cities. How can nature help build resilient urban communities around the world and right here in Detroit?

Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes - Thurs., March 6, 2015 - Cranbrook Institute of Science presents a panel presentation of programs and data about trash clean-up by Friends of the Rouge, Clinton River Watershed Council and Alliance for the Great Lakes.

An Ecological Perspective on Microplastics in the Great Lakes - Thurs., March 6, 2015 - A lecture by Jennifer Daley, Researcher with University of Michigan - SNRE, at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Anatomy of an Algal Bloom - Thurs., March 12, 2015 - Carrie Vollmer-Sanders examines the factors that into the toxic algae blooms on lake Erie, and what we can do to prevent them in the future.

Let’s Get Wild! - Thurs., April 16, 2015 - Patrick Doran takes us to the “wild” places in Michigan and the Great Lakes and explores what we are doing to protect them for the future.

Just Dune It! - Thurs., May 7, 2015 - Shaun Howard tells us what’s so special about out Great Lakes dunes, the pressures they face, and what we need to do to care for them.

Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition! - Techniques for Protecting Rare Species & Habitats - Thurs., Apr. 24, 2014 - Learn how Restoration Director Chris May is implementing the latest ecological techniques to restore, protect and preserve rare species and habitats in the Great Lakes region.

Is More Better? - Striking a Balance Between Farming & Freshwater - Thurs., Mar. 20, 2014 - Hear Saginaw Bay Project Director Mary Fales explain how science and academia are working with farmers to protect our freshwater resources as agricultural production increases and intensifies.

Get With The Program - How Technology is Advancing Conservation - February 20, 2014 - Director of Science Dr. Scott Sowa will share the latest, state-of-the-art innovations in technology and computer modeling that are bringing efficiency and precision to conservation planning and outcomes.

Wet & Wild - Aquatic Ecologist Matt Herbert - January 23, 2014 - Aquatic Ecologist Matt Herbert will talk about techniques and strategies used to reduce the impacts from aquatic invasive species and improve habitat for native fish to bolster their populations.

Can You Take the Heat? - Dr. Patrick Doran - Oct. 25 - Director of Conservation Dr. Patrick Doran discusses how scientists are thinking about and planning for a changing climate and how it affects organizational choices.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees - Jon Fosgitt - Nov. 15 - Forest Management Specialist Jon Fosgitt of Compass Land Consultants will share his views on how restoring forest diversity can improve forests, forestry practices, and local economies.

Centers of Commerce, Culture and Conservation - Dr. Scott Sowa - Jan. 24 - Director of Science Dr. Scott Sowa discusses how the bays of the Great Lakes region have influenced our past and hold keys to our future.

Thanks for Stopping By - Dr. Dave Ewert - Feb. 21 - Senior Scientist Dr. Dave Ewert will talk about the importance of stopover sites in the globally significant migratory bird flyway here in the Great Lakes basin.

Yanking Our Chain - Lindsay Chadderton - Mar. 21 Great Lakes Director of Aquatic Invasive Species Lindsay Chadderton will talk about the changes in the Great Lakes food chain and native fisheries.

The Changing Scale of Conservation - Helen Taylor - Apr. 18 State Director Helen Taylor talks about how land protection has become a conservation strategy at the landscape scale of the Great Lakes.