Specialized Research

GLEC has contributed to advancing environmental science through special research projects sponsored by government, industry, and research organizations. Whenever special projects require special expertise, the principal researchers at GLEC have the contacts and credibility to assemble project teams composed of top national experts that complement GLEC’s core capabilities. As a small employee-owned enterprise, GLEC provides speed, flexibility and close communications through the design, construction, management and control of special research projects.

GLEC laboratory, office and storage facilities have adaptable spaces and specialized equipment to accommodate everything from custom bioaccumulation studies to assembling and shipping testing kits for national surveys. GLEC’s experienced staff are also prepared to conduct special studies in the field utilizing our comprehensive array of field survey and monitoring equipment and mobile laboratory capabilities.

Special research projects at GLEC have addressed challenges and answered questions in critical and emerging topics such as:

  • Aquatic Toxicity  –  Development of toxicity identification and reduction evaluation procedures for EPA’s NPDES program.
  • Bioaccumulation/Bioconcentration  – Laboratory simulation of the environmental effects of selenium on the food web.
  • Wastewater Treatment  – Special laboratory assessment of the fate and and effects of consumer products processed through municipal wastewater treatment.


GLEC operates one of only a few U.S. laboratories accredited for whole sediment toxicity testing. GLEC also maintains NELAP accreditation for chlorophyll and nutrient chemistry testing.


GLEC's Columbus, OH laboratory is ADEQ accredited for Acute Toxicity and Chronic Toxicity testing.



Great Lakes Environmental Center

739 Hastings Street
Traverse City, MI   49686

Phone: (231) 941-2230
Fax: (231) 941-2240