History

The rich history of Gibraltar Island and Stone Laboratory can be traced back to the War of 1812, when the island was used as a lookout point for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to spot the approaching British fleet before the Battle of Lake Erie. Years later, it was purchased by Jay Cooke, the Civil War financier, who built now-historic Cooke Castle as his family’s summer home and a place to entertain dignitaries of the day, including President Rutherford B. Hayes, Salmon P. Chase, and General William Tecumseh Sherman.

In 1925, Cooke’s daughter, Laura Barney, sold the island to philanthropist and Ohio State University Board of Trustees member Julius Stone, who gave it to the University as a permanent home for the Lake Laboratory. Upon the Board’s unanimous acceptance of the gift, the name was changed to Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory in honor of Julius Stone’s father and construction began on the Laboratory Building, Dining Hall, Stone Cottage, and Gibraltar House.

Since that time, Stone Lab has established itself as the premier research facility on Lake Erie, leading the way with its educational programs and outreach to the community. Check out the timeline below to learn more about Stone Lab milestones.

Milestones

  • 1895

    Professor David S. Kellicott, Chairman of the Department of Zoology and Entomology, presents a proposal to the University to establish a field station for the study of biology at Lake Erie. The University approves the project, appropriating $350 for the construction of a second floor on the State Fish Hatchery in Sandusky.

    1896

    Professor David S. Kellicott is named the first director of the Lake Laboratory and operates the Laboratory for special studies during the summer.

    1899

    Professor Herbert C. Osborn is named the second director upon the death of Professor Kellicott.

    1900

    Fourteen students attend the first courses offered for credit at the Lake Laboratory.

    1903

    Needing more laboratory space, Ohio State acquires a 50-year lease for property on Sandusky Bay at Cedar Point. Construction of this new Lake Laboratory building costs $3,376.

    1918

    Lake Laboratory is relocated to the upper story of the State Fish Hatchery at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.

    1925

    Mr. Julius F. Stone, Chairman of the University Board of Trustees, purchases Gibraltar Island from the family of Jay Cooke, who had owned the island since 1864. Stone presents the island to the university “as a permanent home for the Lake Laboratory,” requesting only that it “shall remain the property of the University, [and] that it be devoted to the purposes and uses of teaching and research.“

  • The University accepts the gift, changing the name of the laboratory to Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory in honor of Julius Stone’s father.

    1926

    The Laboratory is moved to Gibraltar Island and utilizes the two buildings on the island, Cooke Castle (1865) and Barney Cottage (1907). A construction program, which includes a new laboratory building, dining hall and two housing units, Stone Cottage and Gibraltar House, is initiated in 1926 and completed in 1930.

    1928

    “Periodic oscillations in Lake Erie,” by Dr. F.H. Krecker, contribution number 1 of a new series of papers, is published by Stone Laboratory. Contributions 2 through 13 are published from 1929 to 1974.

    1929

    The Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island is formally dedicated.

    1934

    President George W. Rightmire appoints an Advisory Committee to study the Laboratory and plan for future development. The committee recommends expansion of the Laboratory’s activities into multi–disciplinary studies, year–round operation, and appointment of a full–time director.

    1936

    Professor Dwight M. DeLong is named the fourth director, the first to be appointed to a full–time position. Professor Thomas H. Langlois serves as assistant director from 1936 to 1938.

    1938

    Professor Thomas H. Langlois is named the fifth director upon the resignation of Professor DeLong.

  • The Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory is established as a regular department of the University, assigned to the President's Division. Full–time faculty positions for a fisheries biologist and a limnologist are approved; Drs. Charles F. Walker and David C. Chandler are appointed.

    Peach Point Cottage is purchased by Mr. Julius F. Stone and donated to the Laboratory for use as faculty housing.

    1939

    Professor Milton B. Trautman joins the staff of the Laboratory.

    1940

    The Federal Fish Hatchery on Peach Point, South Bass Island, is transferred to the University. This facility includes the main hatchery building (converted to the principal research building of the Laboratory), superintendent’s residence (converted to the Laboratory Office and Library) and a shop building.

    Mr. Julius F. Stone donates a two–acre woodlot on Peach Point to the Laboratory.

    1947

    The Laboratory purchases a 37–foot steel research boat, the Bio–Lab.

    1951

    The Laboratory name is changed to the Franz Theodore Stone Institute of Hydrobiology.

    1953

    The Laboratory purchases a 30–foot passenger boat, the Gibraltar II.

  • 1955

    The Laboratory is renamed Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory, and becomes a program of the Natural Resources Institute, College of Agriculture and Home Economics. The year–round research program is suspended.

    Professor Loren S. Putnam is named the sixth director upon the resignation of Professor Langlois.

    1964

    The bequest of Professor Mary D. Rogick permits the purchase of two faculty housing units, Sycamore Cottage and Rogick Cottage near Peach Point.

    1966

    The administration of Stone Laboratory is transferred to the new College of Biological Sciences.

    The Jay Cooke Home (Cooke Castle) is designated a Registered National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

    1967

    The Hydrospheric Sciences Committee recommend establishment of a research center at Lake Erie.

    1970

    The Coast Guard Lighthouse on the south point of South Bass Island is transferred to the University and converted to a radiobiology laboratory and faculty housing unit.

    1971

    The Center for Lake Erie Area Research is established with facilities at Stone Laboratory.

  • 1973

    The summer instructional program is suspended and no regular courses are offered. Students attend in independent and group study courses.

    The President's Task Force on Stone Laboratory recommends continuation of research and instruction at the Lake Erie field station.

    Professor Charles E. Herdendorf is named the seventh director upon the retirement of Professor Putnam.

    A lease agreement is negotiated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the 63–foot research vessel Hydra to be docked at Stone Laboratory.

    1974

    The summer instructional program and year–round research staff are reinstated at Stone Laboratory.

    1977

    A Sea Grant education project is funded with Dr. Victor Mayer as the principal investigator and Dr. Rosanne Fortner comes to Ohio State to work on the project.

    1978

    Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Al Kuhn, and Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf, appoint Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter as coordinator to lead the development of the next Sea Grant Proposal from Ohio State University. Dr. Reutter develops the proposal with a single research project to market freshwater drum led by Dr. Reutter and Russ Scholl from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the continuing education project led by Dr. Victor Mayer, and a Sea Grant Advisory Service led by Dr. Reutter with one extension agent.

  • The Ohio Sea Grant Program is established, with Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf as the director on 28 August 1978 with a grant from the National Sea Grant College Program of $128,000 to support the 3 efforts described in the previous bullet. Fred Snyder is hired as the first agent and housed in the offices of the Ohio Division of Wildlife in Sandusky.

    1980

    The 50th Anniversary of Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island is celebrated.

    Dr. Reutter works with Director of Extension, George Gist, and Associate Director, Riley Dugan, to develop a memorandum of understanding between Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio Cooperative Extension Service to have Ohio Sea Grant agents become tenure–track extension agents.

    Fred Snyder moves to the Northwest Extension Area Office in Fremont.

    Dave kelch is hired as the second Sea Grant Extension Specialist and housed in the Lorain County Extension Office (Elyria).

    1981

    The first meeting of the Friends of Stone Laboratory, a group of alumni and friends of the Laboratory concerned with contributing to and preserving its high academic quality, takes place.

    Frank Lichtkoppler is hired as the third Sea Grant Extension Specialist and housed in the OSU Extension Office in Lake County (Painesville).

    1982

    The Ohio State University Board of Trustees holds a summer meeting at Stone Laboratory.

  • Ohio Sea Grant sponsors the first Congressional Day on Lake Erie in June. The event is developed by the Chair of the Northwest Ohio Sea Grant Advisory Committee, Jack Waldock, and Dr. Jeff Reutter. Sea Grant Advisory Committee members donate time to make beds and clean the Laboratory in preparation for overnight guests in June.

    The Ohio General Assembly provides $950,000 for capital improvements at Stone Laboratory.

    Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter is named Associate Director.

    1983

    A Scholarship Endowment is established by the Friends of Stone Laboratory.

    Ohio Sea Grant sponsors the second Congressional Day on Lake Erie.

    1984

    Sustaining and Visiting Professorship Endowments are established by the Friends of Stone Laboratory.

    The Lake Erie Laboratory Visitors Center is created in the Research Building with initial displays built by OSU Environmental Interpretation students led by Drs. Gary Mullins and Rosanne Fortner.

    Ohio Sea Grant expands Congressional Day to include the State Legislature as Ohio Sea Grants State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie.

    The first course for teachers (NR/EDST 614, Marine and Aquatic Education) is offered by Drs. Rosanne Fortner and Victor Mayer.

    Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter is named Acting Director from 1 December 84 while Dr. Herdendorf is on sabbatical.

  • 1985

    Dr. Reutter continues as Acting Director until 31 December 85 while Dr. Herdendorf is on sabbatical.

    Construction is initiated for the new Residence Hall, wastewater treatment plant, and renovations to the existing Stone Laboratory building and Dining Hall.

    Cooke Castle serves as the men’s dorm for the last time.

    Research Vessel Hydra returns to operation after two years, with line item support from the Ohio Legislature.

    Students from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio are allowed to register for Stone Lab courses by enrolling at Miami, serving as a prototype for all state universities.

    1986

    New residence hall, Harborview, opens for student occupancy with 12 rooms and 48 beds.

    Governor Richard Celeste, at the request of Ohio Sea Grant, declares 1986 “The Year of the Lake” for Lake Erie.

    1987

    John R. Hageman is named Laboratory Manager.

    Two–and–a–half week courses are offered for the first time.

    Ohio Sea Grant conducts its fifth State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie ending with a picnic dinner at Stone Laboratory.

    Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter is asked to lead the program and named Acting Director of Sea Grant, Stone Lab, and CLEAR, 1 November 1987, and begins writing the application to have Ohio State University designated as a “Sea Grant College.”

  • 1988

    The program begins utilizing the week before the beginning of first term for a one–week, early offering for teachers, thereby expanding the original 10–week summer program to eleven weeks.

    Dr. David Garton’s class from Ohio State University records the first official record of a zebra mussel in Lake Erie on 15 October while on a field trip at Stone Laboratory.

    The Ohio State University is designated this country’s 24th “Sea Grant College” by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

    Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter is named the Laboratory’s eighth Director, 1 November 1988.

    Ohio Sea Grant funds Dr. Garton on the first research project on zebra mussels on 15 November.

    1989

    Ohio Sea Grant conducts its sixth State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie ending with a picnic dinner at Stone Laboratory.

    The Legislature gives the Laboratory $1 million for erosion protection, a new water treatment system, a new sewer system, and building renovations.

    1990

    Stone Laboratory is transferred from the College of Biological Sciences to the Office of Academic Affairs. Half of the Laboratory’s budget is provided by the Office of Academic Affairs thereby providing increased flexibility for the Director to develop an innovative new curriculum. The other half is still provided by the departments offering courses.

    Dr. Reutter teaches the first introductory level course (Introductory Aquatic Biology, Zoology 125) offered at Stone Laboratory. Superior high school students can enroll and receive college

  • credit while still in high school. Demand is so great that the course is offered twice and many students are turned away.

    Enrollment reaches 119, surpassing 100 for the first time.

    1991

    Ohio Sea Grant conducts its seventh State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie ending with a picnic dinner at Stone Laboratory.

    Stone Laboratory’s entire budget comes from the Office of Academic Affairs.

    A second introductory course, Introductory Insect Biology (Entomology 126), is developed by Drs. David Horn and Skip Nault and offered for the first time. Demand for Introductory Aquatic Biology is so great that the course is offered five times.

    Enrollment reaches 169, surpassing 150 for the first time.

    Dr. Michael Ross, University of Massachusetts, is named the “Outstanding Visiting Professor.”

    1992

    New introductory courses in ornithology (Zoology 126) and oceanography (Geology 107) are offered for the first time. Introductory Aquatic Biology is offered five times.

    Enrollment reaches 209, surpassing 200 for the first time.

    Dr. Ken Krieger, Heidelberg College, is named the “Outstanding Visiting Professor.”

    The Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium (GLAERC) composed of top aquatic scientists from Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, Heidelberg College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Miami University, Mount Union College, Ohio State University, and the University of Toledo, is formed with Dr. Reutter as Director and Stone Laboratory as the shared research facility. In subsequent years

  • Cleveland State University, Ohio University, and Wright State University joined the consortium.

    1993

    Enrollment reaches 234.

    Ohio Sea Grant conducts its eighth State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie ending with a picnic dinner at Stone Laboratory.

    Dr. David Moore, Utica College of Syracuse University is named the “Outstanding Visiting Professor.”

    Erosion protection work is completed as is the new reverse osmosis water treatment system for the Laboratory’s water supply.

    1994

    Franz and Kate Stone visit the Laboratory with their grandson Franz T. Stone IV.

    Dr. C. Lavett Smith, American Museum of Natural History, New York, is named the “Outstanding Visiting Professor.”

    Reporting lines for the Laboratory change from the Office of Academic Affairs to the Office of Research and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

    1995

    Ohio Sea Grant conducts its ninth State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie ending with a picnic dinner at Stone Laboratory which also serves as the official start of the Laboratory’s Centennial Celebration.

    The Friends of Stone Laboratory, with assistance from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, place a new flagpole on the island.

  • The Stone Laboratory Hall of Fame is created and Franz and Kate Stone are the first to be inducted.

    The Oakland Park Conservation Club is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Former Directors Loren “Puttie” Putnam and Charles E. Herdendorf, and former Associate Directors John L. Crites and Ronald L. Stuckey are given distinguished service awards.

    The Geologic Setting of Lake Erie (Geology 583), a one–week course for teachers, is developed by Dr. Larry Krissek and offered for the first time.

    The workshop program sets records with over 80 groups and over 3,000 participants.

    Bobby D. Moser, Vice President and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences receives the first Superior Leadership Award.

    Dr. Carmen Trisler, Wittenberg University, receives the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award.”

    Stone Laboratory receives the first “Lake Erie Award” from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in recognition of the Laboratory’s many contributions to education, research and the improvement of the Lake Erie ecosystem.

    1996

    Waldock Gazebo and Lakeview Pavilion are built on Gibraltar Island using donations from Jack Waldock, longtime supporter of Ohio Sea Grant and Chair of the Northwest Ohio Sea Grant Advisory Committee.

    The Centennial Celebration concludes with a program and gala during which time Jack Waldock and Bobby Moser place capsules into the base of Waldock Gazebo.

    The Laboratory is honored with resolutions and proclamations from the Governor, Congress, the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and the Ohio Board of Regents.

    The workshop program sets new records for number of groups (100) and participants.

    Former Directors Loren “Puttie” Putnam and Charles E. Herdendorf are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Former Associate Director Walter E. Carey, and retiring Maintenance Supervisor, Timothy P. Luecke, receive Distinguished Service Awards.

    Dr. Carmen Trisler, Wittenberg University, receives the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award” for the second time.

    1997

    Ohio Sea Grant celebrates its 20th anniversary with its 10th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie. It is also the 15–year anniversary of Ohio Sea Grant’s first Congressional Day on Lake Erie in 1982.

    New exterior lighting is placed on Gibraltar Island and new blackboards are placed in all of the classrooms.

    The Gibraltar II is permanently taken out of service due to hull problems caused by age.

  • Introduction to Local Flora (Plant Biology 294) is offered for the first time.

    The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program sends up an entire class of students for an offering of Introductory Aquatic Biology.

    The workshop program sets records for the number of groups and participants for the third year in a row.

    The Laboratory sets a record for the number of graduate students—71.

    A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is purchased for the Laboratory by the Office of Research and Ohio Sea Grant.

    Dr. David W. Garton is hired as the Associate Director.

    1998

    Construction is initiated and completed to replace the roof, remove the dome, and repair the windows on Jay Cooke’s Castle.

    The Ohio State University Minority Research Initiative sends a class for Introductory Aquatic Biology.

    The Library is moved from the main office in Bayview on South Bass Island to the third floor of Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, by volunteers from the Friends of Stone Laboratory.

    The Laboratory and the Friends of Stone Laboratory sets records for the number of scholarships awarded (43) and the total value of the scholarships ($13,632).

    Melissa Haltuch is hired as the 1st ROV operator.

    The workshop, tour, and conference program sets records for the number of groups (151) and the number of participants (5,246) surpassing the previous records by 40 groups and over 1200 participants.

    The FOSL kick–off the State’s Coastweeks Program with tours and programs on Gibraltar Island and the Put–in–Bay Lighthouse. Approximately 1000 people participate.

    The Cooke family holds their first reunion on Gibraltar Island with approximately 100 guests. Jim and Ann Harding are the organizers.

    Former professor and Associate Director, John L. Crites, donates prints and water colors of Laboratory buildings which are numbered and used as a fund raiser to support research opportunities for students.

    Dr. Ann M. Stoeckmann, Pennsylvania State University, is selected as the Outstanding Visiting Professor.

  • 1999

    The Laboratory and the Friends of Stone Laboratory sets records for the number of scholarships awarded (49) and the total value of the scholarships ($14,860).

    Matt Thomas is hired as the first Assistant Laboratory Manager and the University's Diving Safety Officer.

    Dr. Rosanne W. Fortner is hired as the Associate Director.

    On 2 July, the University Board of Trustees meets at the Laboratory for the first time in 17 years.

    On 9 July, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host the 11th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie.

    New carpeting and air conditioning/heat are installed in Lecture Hall.

    Ornithology for Teachers is offered for the first time.

    Collaboration between Stone Laboratory, Ohio Sea Grant, US EPA, and the EPA Great Lakes National Program Office bring about the offering of a new 1–week course for teachers aboard EPA’s 180–ft research vessel, the Lake Guardian.

    The total value of the 6 endowments of the Friends of Stone Laboratory surpasses $500,000.

    Enrollment in summer courses reaches 222—the second highest total in history. A total of 125 OSU students enroll—the highest number in history.

    During the 1990’s, students from 40 Ohio colleges, 31 out–of–state colleges, and 260 high schools take courses at Stone Laboratory.

    The workshop, tour, and conference program sets records for the number of groups (173) and the number of participants (5,566).

    Dr. David L. Moore, Utica College of Syracuse University, is selected as the “Outstanding Visiting Professor.”

  • 2000

    The Laboratory and the Friends of Stone Laboratory set records for the number of scholarships awarded—57.

    On 22 July, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host the 12th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie.

    The workshop, tour, and conference program sets records for the number of groups (174) and the number of participants (5,660).

    Dr. R. Chris Stanton is hired as the Assistant to the Director, a newly–created post–doctoral position.

    A plan for the renovation of the Castle is developed and approved. The porches are replaced, drainage is repaired, and masonry joints are repointed completing the exterior renovation.

    With the assistance of the Friends of Stone Laboratory, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and the Office of Physical Facilities, we purchase and renovate a research vessel from the Division of Wildlife—the 42–foot, Explorer, which is renamed the Gibraltar III when the repairs are completed and the vessel is documented.

    The Ohio Sea Grant College Program receives the 2000 Lake Erie Award from the Lake Erie Commission.

    The first comprehensive strategic plan for the entire program, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory, CLEAR (Center for Lake Erie Area Research), and GLAERC (Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium) is completed and built around the strategic plan for the National Sea Grant College Program and the Academic Plan for The Ohio State University.

    The entire program goes through an extensive review by a Program Assessment Team

  • from the National Sea Grant College Program and receives the highest possible rating: Excellent.

    A monitoring instrument is deployed off the north side of Gibraltar Island, beginning the Lake Erie Monitoring Network (LEMNet).

    With the assistance of UNITS, Physical Facilities, Housing and Food Service, the University Office of Research, and the FOSL, Stone Laboratory gets a T1 line for telephone and Internet communication. Telephones and Internet connections in all rooms allow 5–digit dialing to main campus and research data transmission worldwide.

    The Office of Research at Ohio State donates $50,000 to purchase equipment including: 14 new computers, a laptop computer and LCD projector, an electro–shocker, two hand–held GPS units, a GPS unit for the Gibraltar III, a water quality data recorder for our monitoring program, two new trawls, and more.

    Housing and Food Service donates chairs for the Lecture Hall. The FOSL clean and transport them to the Laboratory.

    Physical Facilities donates 39 new trees and shrubs. The FOSL plant them on Gibraltar Island.

    The Council of Great Lakes Research Managers of the International Joint Commission meets at Stone Laboratory for the first time.

    Dr. Michael Hoggarth, Otterbein College, is named “Outstanding Visiting Professor.”

    2001

    In May the main office on campus moves to newly renovated space in The Ohio State University Research Center. The cost of renovation, $585,000 was provided by Ohio State University and the Office of Research.

  • In June 2001 Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host the first Lake Erie Leadership Institute for Newly Elected Officials. Ten offices are represented.

    In July 2001, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host a special Put–in–Bay Legislative Day developed by State Representative Chris Redfern with the village of Put–in–Bay and a number of other sponsors. Over 45 State Representatives and Senators attended. While Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the country and has served as Ohio’s Lake Erie laboratory since 1895, until this year, it had never received federal funding to improve the Laboratory for the benefit of thousands of students and research scientists each year. Through the hard work and leadership of Senator Mike DeWine, Stone Laboratory receives $350,000 for equipment and facilities.

    Friends of Stone Laboratory celebrate their 20th anniversary. The Friends are composed of former students and faculty and just “friends of Lake Erie” who banded together in 1981 to upgrade the Laboratory's facilities and equipment, raise money for scholarships, bring in more outstanding faculty members, make it easier for non–OSU students to attend the Laboratory, and, in general, improve the quality of the research, education, and outreach programs conducted at Stone Laboratory. Annually, the group of about 500 members donates thousands dollars and person–hours to the Laboratory and Lake Erie. They have established 6 endowments and 4 general fund–raising accounts valued at more than $600,000. In the last 10 years they have awarded 400 scholarships valued at approximately $115,000 to students at colleges and universities all over Ohio, to help them attend Stone Laboratory. In 1996 the FOSL began awarding scholarships for outstanding science projects at the Ohio Academy of Science's State Science Day. To date, they have honored and awarded scholarships to 34 high school students from all over Ohio and they have purchased over $100,000 of equipment to support research and courses at Stone Laboratory.

    The Stone Laboratory Brochure and Flier take first place in the brochures category during the publications competition at Sea Grant Week 2001.

  • Dr. Michael A. Hoggarth, Otterbein College, and Dr. David L. Moore, Utica College of Syracuse University, share the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award.”

    2002

    The FOSL award 49 scholarships (32 to college students and 17 to high school students) with a total dollar value of $17, 736, a new record.

    We set a new record with 5,755 participants in the workshop program. In 2002 we also set a record for the number of student participants in the workshop program—3,755. While the majority of these students were in the influential middle school years (2,048), we also set a record for high school participants in 2002—975.

    On 19 July 2002, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host their 14th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie. The all–day event attracts elected officials and decision makers from over 25 offices. This is also the 20th anniversary of our first program in 1982 and the 25th anniversary of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program.

    The University approves plans to bring village sewer and water from Put–in–Bay to the Research Building and then across to Gibraltar––$2.7 million.

    Dr. Michael A. Hoggarth, Otterbein College; Dr. C. Lavett Smith, American Museum of Natural History; and Dr. Carmen E. Trisler, Wittenberg University, share the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award.”

    The Friends of Stone Laboratory partner with the Young Buckeyes Club and the College of Biological Sciences Alumni Society to host the first “Buckeye Island Hop” at Stone Laboratory. Groups work at Stone Lab, the South Bass Island State Park, and the Island Historical Society.

    The John L. Crites Research Endowment at Stone Laboratory is created with gifts from the sale of John Crites numbered prints of Stone Laboratory, the Research Building, and Cooke Castle.

  • The Franz T. Stone Research Endowment at Stone Laboratory is created with proceeds from the donation of two farms in the will of Kate Stone.

    2003

    The FOSL award 41 scholarships (25 to college students and 16 to high school students) with a total dollar value of $17,264.

    We set a new record with 177 groups (5,709) participants in the workshop program.

    On 14 August 2003, we co–hosted the second Put–in–Bay Legislative Day with Representative Chris Redfern and Senator Randy Gardner. Over 40 elected officials attended.

    Dr. R. Chris Stanton, Baldwin–Wallace College, and Dr. Carmen E. Trisler, Wittenberg University, share the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award.”

    The Friends of Stone Laboratory partner with the Young Buckeyes Club and the College of Biological Sciences Alumni Society to host the second “Buckeye Island Hop” at Stone Laboratory. Groups work at Stone Lab, the South Bass Island State Park, and the Island Historical Society.

    The John H. Dunlap, Jr. Fund for Education, Outreach and Development at Stone Laboratory is created with gifts from Shirley and Cliff Bowser and the Kellogg Foundation.

    The Erie Monitor, a 25–foot research boat, enters service at Stone Laboratory with assistance from Senator Mike DeWine.

    With support from USEPA to Drs. Fortner and Reutter, the OSU UNITS program, and Ohio Sea Grant, equipment was purchased and the Laboratory conference room was renovated to allow distance–learning broadcasts. The summer Guest Lecture series and Research Briefs were broadcast to main campus and a fish dissection laboratory exercise was broadcast to Westerville North High School.

    In July, Matt Thomas placed Stone Laboratory’s first recording probe 7 miles north of Huron, Ohio, 0.3 m above the bottom, in the Sandusky sub–basin of the Central Basin of Lake Erie to study the Dead Zone.

    On 1 September, the University Treasurer’s Office placed the fair market value of two farms in Pickaway County (approximately $390,000) into the Franz Stone Research Endowment.

  • 2004

    The FOSL award 36 scholarships (23 to college students and 13 to high school students) with a total dollar value of $14,254.

    A large, educational kiosk for the general public is constructed along the sidewalk between Bayview and the Research Building on South Bass Island.

    On 16 July 2004, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host their 15th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie. The all–day event attracts elected officials and decision makers from over 25 offices.

    Dr. Scott Shalaway, author and syndicated nature columnist, and Kristin M. Stanford, Northern Illinois University, share the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award.”

    Stone Laboratory, in collaboration with Ohio Sea Grant and the University of Windsor, places a string of water monitoring SONDES off Avon Point in Lake Erie's Central Basin to Monitor the re–expanding anoxic "Dead Zone."

    The Kelly Prochazka Memorial Scholarship Endowment is established with gifts from the Prochazka family and the FOSL.

    The Spark Baumler Memorial Scholarship Endowment is established with gifts from the family and the FOSL.

    The Ronald L. and Darwin Stuckey Botany Teaching Endowment is created with a deferred gift from Darwin Stuckey.

    The A. Jackson and Sally Koepp Smith Scholarship Endowment is established by Jackson and Sally Smith.

    Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting.

  • 12–15 September 2004.

    The FOSL raise $25,000 in response to a challenge from Shirley and Cliff Bowser, who match it with $50,000 from the Kellogg Foundation and add it to the Dunlap Fund.

    We haost the 3rd Annual Buckeye Island Hop.

    2005

    The FOSL award 42 scholarships (28 to college students and 14 to high school students) with a total dollar value of $17,979.

    Stone Lab launches an endowment–funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program, supporting 14 students in its first year. The value of REU awards is $46,192.

    The Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society creates a directly funded scholarship, the Ohio Aquatic Sciences Scholarship, which gives partial support to three students in its first year.

    Thanks to the efforts of FOSL, the principal in the Stone Lab endowments surpasses $1,000,000.

    Stone Lab’s beloved “Chef Art” Boone passes away on 28 May. A tree is planted on Gibraltar Island in his honor.

    The computer lab is equipped with new computers before the start of summer classes.

    Drs. Michael A. Hoggarth, Otterbein College, Dr. Richard L. Londraville, University of Akron, and Dr. R. Chris Stanton, Baldwin–Wallace College, share the “Outstanding Visiting Professor Award.”

    In February 2005 we hosted the seventh Sea Grant/Stone Laboratory Winter Program in Columbus. These programs focused on sport fishing in Lake Erie and the history of

  • Cooke Castle and Gibraltar Island. The silent auctions at these events raise approximately $4000 annually.

    Representative Chris Redfern creates the Fish Lake Erie License Plate. Proceeds from the sale of the plate go to Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant.

    On 10 and 11 August 2005, we co–hosted the third Put–in–Bay Legislative Day with Representative Chris Redfern and Senator Randy Gardner. Over 40 elected officials attended.

    On 22–23 August 2005 we hosted a Program Assessment Team (PAT) visit from the National Sea Grant College Program, a team of nine national experts to review the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The PAT was very impressed with Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory (a component of Ohio Sea Grant), and all of our education, outreach, and research programs. As a result of this review, Ohio Sea Grant received the highest possible rating and ranking by the National Sea Grant College Program and is considered one of the top Sea Grant programs in the country.

    On 10 September 2005 the FOSL hosted the Eighth Annual Stone Laboratory Open House with Ohio Sea Grant and the Lake Erie Commission with over 900 in attendance.

    On 12–14 September 2005 we hosted an Aquatic Invasive Species Database Summit for NOAA at Stone Laboratory with the leaders of 10 national databases in attendance.

    On 20–23 September 2005 we hosted the Biennial Meeting of the National Association of Marine Laboratories at Stone Laboratory.

    On 1–2 October 2005 we hosted the 4th Annual Buckeye Island Hop at Stone Laboratory.

    2006

    The Great Lakes Regional Research Information Network (GLRRIN) kicks off in June with 5 years of support from the National Sea Grant College Program.

  • Dr. Reutter is elected to be one of 4 co–chairs for the network.

    On 14 July 2006, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host their 16th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie. The all–day event attracts elected officials and decision makers from over 25 offices.

    Dr. Rosanne Fortner and the Friends of Stone Lab create the Fortner Teacher Enhancement Scholarship Fund on 22 September 2006.

    Melinda Huntley is hired as the Tourism Extension Director for Ohio Sea Grant in November.

    Representative Chris Redfern spearheads an effort with help from Senator Bob Latta and Representative Randy Gardner to appropriate $500,000 for renovation of Stone Lab facilities.

    The Friends of Stone Lab awarded 29 scholarships to college students, 11 to high school students, and 7 to students at State Science Day with a total value of $16,887.

    In its third year, Stone Lab’s REU program awards 9 REUs with a total value of $26,788.

    We hosted the 5th Annual Buckeye Island Hop at Stone Laboratory.

    2008

    Stone Lab hosts the Institutes for Environment and Natural Resources Journalism for 2-day workshop in April.

    Tory Gabriel is hired as Ohio Sea Grant’s Fish Extension Coordinator.

    Stone Lab stops using full-time Resident Advisors in the Dining Hall and dormitories and gives jobs to Stone Lab students.

    On 18 July 2008, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host their 17th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie.

  • Stone Lab hosts the second annual Donor Dinner in August.

    Sea Grant hosts the NOAA Science Advisory Board at Stone Lab and Sandusky.

    New management model created for Stone Lab effective 1 April 2008. The director of the Lab continues to report to the Vice Presidents for Research and Agriculture. Facilities Operation and Development (FOD) and Student Life pull out of the operation. All personnel report directly to the director and the director is responsible for all aspects of the operation.

    Developed a new partnership with National Park Service (NPS). As part of the NPS partnership we used a NPS bus and driver and developed a new tour for visitors four days a week that includes stops at Perry’s Monument (part of NPS) and then our fish hatchery and lighthouse. We called this tour CSI: Lake Erie for Culture and Science Investigations, Lake Erie. NPS hired two of our students on internships, but as regular NPS employees to work halftime leading a new Lake Erie ecology program at the Monument for visitors.

    Representative Redfern and Senator Gardner appropriate $250,000 for renovation of facilities at Stone Lab.

    Sea Grant and Stone Lab host the First Coastal County Commission, Mayors, and Decision Makers Days on Lake Erie on two separate dates in August 2008.

    Stone Lab hosts the 7th Annual Buckeye Island Hop in October.

    Colleen Wellington is hired as our Clean Marina Coordinator.

    The Friends of Stone Lab awarded 11 scholarships to college students, 11 to high school students, and 10 at State Science Day with a total value of $14,850.

    Stone Lab’s REU program awards 9 REUs with a total value of $27,239.

  • Former FOD and Student Life employees are given new positions with Stone Lab and the Office of Research.

    2009

    The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association creates the first annual Lake Erie Day at the Cleveland Boat Show with proceeds going to Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab in January.

    In December 2008 Dr. Reutter hosted a 7-site video conference around Lake Erie with 75 scientists. They agreed to collaborate under our leadership in developing seven research proposals. (All seven were funded ($750,000) by USEPA and the Lake Erie Protection Fund in 2009.) A total of 14 agencies and universities are participating.

    The Foltz Family Endowment is created on 6 February 2009.

    Stone Lab hosts the Institutes for Environment and Natural Resources Journalism for 2-day workshop.

    Floating docks at Research Building are preplaced and used docks are added to Gibraltar.

    WIFI is installed in all buildings.

    Two internships for Stone Lab students are created at Perry’s Monument.

    With the new management structure in place, the previous $350,000 annual operating deficit reported by FOD and Student Life is eliminated in the first year.

    The Friends of Stone Lab awarded 17 scholarships to college students, 24 to high school students, and 10 at State Science Day with a total value of $23,080.

    Stone Lab’s REU program awards 11 REUs with a total value of $31,556.

    Ohio Sea Grant’s first Extension Specialist, Fred Snyder, retires on 31 August 2009 and is replaced by Tory Gabriel.

  • Strategic plan for the period 2010-14 is completed and approved by the National Sea Grant College Program.

    Stone Lab surpluses two, 15-passenger vans, two new mini-vans are purchased for extension agents, and one used mini-van from extension goes to Stone Lab.

    Completed work with Channel 3, WKYC, in Cleveland on 4-part documentary on Lake Erie.

    On 5-7 August 2009, we co-hosted the 5th Put-in-Bay Legislative Day with Representative Dennis Murray and Senator Mark Wagoner. Over 40 elected officials attended.

    We hosted the 2nd Annual Coastal County Commission, Mayors, and Decision Makers Days on Lake Erie in August 2009.

    We hosted Institutes for Environmental and Natural Resources Journalism at Stone Lab in May 2009.

    We hosted our third annual donor dinner in August 2009.

    We hosted our largest annual open house on 11-12 September and attracted our larges audiences, ever—over 1,000 people to Gibraltar Island, 200+ to the Lighthouse, and over 600 to the Aquatic Visitors Center.

    On 2-4 October we hosted our 8th annual Buckeye Island Hop. With over 40 volunteers, it was our most successful event ever.

    2010

    The Extension Office at Camp Perry is closed and Tory moves into the Oak Harbor Extension Office.

    Put-in-Bay State Fish Hatchery is leased from the Ohio Division of Wildlife and converted into an Aquatic Visitors Center.

    Lydia Bailey and the Friends of Stone Lab create the Blankenship Memorial Endowment on 14 May 2010.

  • New patio is constructed at Dining Hall entrance.

    The entire program went through a thorough review by a Site Visit Team of 6 experts from the National Sea Grant College Program on 25-27 May. The team said they were absolutely “thrilled with the program.” Three, 15-passenger vans are traded in and 3 new 12-passenger vans are purchased to comply with University liability and safety concerns. Dr. Jeff Reutter and the Friends of Stone Lab create the Stone Lab Tuition Reduction Fund on 18 June 2010.

    The lease of our Port Clinton Lab at 1854 State Road is terminated and we move into a simple storage facility resulting in a savings of approximately $20,000/year.

    June 30, 2010 marks the end of the first full fiscal year under the new management structure. The $350,000 annual operating deficit is gone and the program is operating in the black.

    The Friends of Stone Lab awarded 16 scholarships to college students, 29 to high school students, and 10 at State Science Day with a total value of $19,075.

    Stone Lab’s REU program awards 8 REUs with a total value of $18,926.

    New washers and dryers are purchased and collection cabinets for fish and invertebrates are replaced.

    On 16 July 2010, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory host their 18th State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie.

    We host the 4th Annual Donor Dinner and the 9th Annual Buckeye Island Hop.

    2011

    FOSL volunteers, Debbie Hawthorne, Mike Heniken, and Charlene Prochazka, complete interior decoration and renovation of Lighthouse and Sycamore Cottage and begin on Peach Point Cottage.

  • John Hageman, Laboratory Manager since 1987, and Mark Wilhelm, maintenance associate for 30 years, retire on 31 August 2011.

    Colleen Wellington resigns as the Clean Marina Coordinator and is replaced by Sarah Orlando, a former Assistant Lab Manager and REU at Stone Lab.

    With help from Representative Dennis Murray and Senator Mark Wagoner, we combined our State Legislature/Congressional Day on Lake Erie with their Put-in-Bay Legislative Day. Our event was held on even numbered years and theirs was held on odd numbered years. The goal was to increase attendance at each, reduce our costs, and prevent burn-out within the ranks of our volunteers. They readily agreed and we all agreed to expand to a 2-day format as they had been using and to have the event on odd numbered years to avoid elections. The first combined event, called Legislative Days on Lake Erie, occurred on 4-5 August 2011.

    The fifth annual donor dinner for people who have donated over $1000 to the program occurred on 13 August 2011.

    The fourth annual Coastal County Commissioners, Mayors, and Decision Makers Day on Lake Erie occurred on 18 August 2011.

    Eight roofs are replaced at Stone Lab, the exterior of Cooke Castle is painted, the attic of Bayview Office and the Lighthouse are insulated, the chimney of the Research Building is repaired, and new freezers, refrigerators, and ice machines are purchased.

    The 14 Annual Stone Laboratory Open House and the annual meeting of the Friends of Stone Lab was on 9-11 September 2011.

    Ohio Sea Grant hosted the National Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders and Communicators on 19-22 September 2011 at Stone Lab.

    The 10th Annual Buckeye Island Hop (IHOP) was on 7-9 October 2011.

  • The Friends of Stone Lab awarded 20 scholarships to college students, 28 to high school students, and 10 at State Science Day with a total value of $32,235. This includes 19 scholarships made as a result of a $10,000 gift from the Lonz Foundation.

    Stone Lab’s REU program awards 12 REUs with a total value of $37,164.

    Grant from OEPA allows purchase of atmospheric mercury monitor at Research Building.

    Twelve trees are removed on Gibraltar Island.

    Dr. Christopher Winslow is hired as the Assistant Director for Administration and Research in December.

    2012

    The Rudolph Family Endowment Fund is created on 10 February 2012.

    Extension Specialist, Dave Kelch, retires on 31 May 2012 after more than 30 years of service.

    Quarter to semester transition is completed and all courses are offered for semester credit.

    First floor renovations are completed in the Research Building and Stone Lab and used by students during the summer session, roofs on four buildings are replaced, the Gibraltar docks are dredged, drainage trench at Research Building is repaired, attic windows and AC are replaced at the Lighthouse, and sidewalks are repaired on Gibraltar Island.

    Stone Laboratory’s greening initiative gets a major boost as solar thermal is applied to the roof of the Dining Hall (March), 12 KW of solar panels are added to a new pavilion built where the sand filters for sewage treatment had been (June), all toilets and shower heads are replaced with low-flow units, and all out board motors are replaced with 4-cycle engines.

  • The Friends of Stone Lab awarded 26 scholarships to college students, 32 to high school students, and 12 at State Science Day with a total value of $39,375. This includes 17 scholarships from a $10,000 donation from the Lonz Foundation.

    Stone Lab’s REU program awards 10 REUs with a total value of $36,823.

    Lake Erie Commission meets at Stone Lab 6 June 2012.

    Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership meets at Stone Lab 12 June 2012.

    We host Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources Workshop on16 June 2012.

    We host OSU President’s Club on 22 & 23 June 2012.

    Lonz Foundation Board of Trustees visits Stone Lab on 13 July 2012.

    Dr. Kristin Stanford is hired as the full-time Education and Outreach Coordinator and Research Scientist at Stone Lab.

    The Lakeside Community visits on 3 August 2012.

    Science Writers Workshop 20-21 August 2012.

    We host Ohio Environmental Council, Congressional aids, and Agriculture Leaders Science Cruise on Lake Erie on 22 August 2012.

    We host Charter Captains Workshop at Stone Lab on 23 August 2012.

    Sea Grant hosts the 5th Annual Coastal County Commissioners, Mayors, and Decision Makers Day on Lake Erie at Stone Lab 24 August 2012.

    6th Annual Donor Dinner at Stone Lab, 25 August 2012.

  • Sea Grant hosts NRCS and Agriculture Leaders Nutrient Workshop at Stone Lab, 29-30 August 2012.

    15th Annual Stone Lab Open House and FOSL Annual Meeting, 7-9 September 2012.

    Sea Grant hosts OSU Communicators Workshop, 13-14 September 2012.

    Sea Grant hosts Lake Erie Workshop for TNC Boards of Trustees from 3 states at Stone Lab, 20-21 September 2012.

    11th Annual Buckeye IHOP at Stone Lab, 28-30 September 2012.

    Grants from OEPA and OSU Office of Research allow purchase of equipment to renovate water quality lab.

    Melinda Huntley resigns as our Tourism Extension Director to become the Executive Director of the Ohio Travel Association.

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