By Kal Yates and Felicity Bosk
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve held its seventh annual St. Louis River Summit in the Yellowacket Union this week. The summit is an opportunity for researchers, professionals, students, and anyone with connections to the St. Louis River to meet and combine their knowledge.
The summit is a similar ecosystem of an estuarine, said Kelly Pugh, one of the summit coordinators, a rich environment where the combination of different life forms come together to combine their knowledge.
“It’s a good opportunity for us and community to share all the work we do on the river and why it’s important,” said Pugh. “An estuary is where two types of water mix, and it’s really unique and nutritious, and you see a lot of unique things. At this event people are coming from all these different agencies, they mix and nutritious and unique things come of that.”
Students who attended the summit were given a unique networking opportunity, one they might not get anywhere else. There was an hour dedicated for a networking event to help students understand careers related to the St. Louis River. Pugh described it as “career speed dating” where the students talked to professionals in the field.
The Summit held a section called The River Talk on Tuesday at which researchers shared stories from their careers. River Talks are held monthly in the Twin Ports and are described as “science café-type evening talks about the estuary,” on the website of the hosting organization, The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. The talk on Tuesday was titled “River History and Stories.”
The St. Louis River Estuary Research Summit is held every year with the goals of researching coming together to discuss the status and findings of current research, results of implementing projects, and ideas and status for future work.