OELI - Managing Complex Systems

Thursday, September 06, 2012
OELI - Managing Complex Systems
Thursday, September 06, 2012 - Friday, September 07, 2012

Stone Lab on Lake Erie

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An effective environmental leader requires skills and knowledge in managing complex systems.  This workshop will focus on the problem of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and the complex human and ecological systems involved in creating and resolving this problem. Session includes two days of learning activities, field trip, lodging, and all meals. Speakers include Jeff Reuter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Joseph Fiksel, Executive Director of the OSU Center for Resilience.

Educational outcomes

  • Awareness of core competencies for sustainable environmental management
  • Understanding of systems-thinking as a core competency
  • Knowledge of concepts and skills associated with collaboration

Presentations: Joseph Fiksel, Executive Director, Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University will share his experiences working with government and business to analyze and manage complex ecological systems. Jeff Reuter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant will present on the historical and current trends in harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie and the complexities involved in addressing the causes of HABs in the context of a changing climate.

Leadership Panel: Representatives of key stakeholder groups in the Lake Erie basin will share their perspectives on creating and implementing effective strategies for addressing the causes and impacts of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

  • Carrie Vollmer-Sanders – Director of the Western Lake Erie Basin Project with The Nature Conservancy
  • Robert England – Director of Environmental Health, Erie County General Health District

Skill building exercises: Participants will work in small groups to practice basic interpersonal negotiation skills and methods for facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Site visit: Participants will have the opportunity to sail on one of Stone Laboratory’s research vessels and see first-hand how researchers assess the impact of HABs on the Lake Erie ecosystem.

Networking: Enjoy an evening out at Put-In-Bay.


Sponsors for the Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute include Ohio State University Extension, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, City and Regional Planning, the Center for Resilience, and Ohio Sea Grant.


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