The University’s proximity to Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie makes the Environaut a truly natural fit for Gannon. This 48-foot vessel is widely used by students in Gannon’s environmental science program as well as students in biology, limnology, zoology and field ecology classes. It is equipped with technology necessary for enhanced research capabilities, including radar, sonar, winched booms and an underwater camera, a generator and an enclosed laboratory. The Environaut provides students with practical, hands-on training and field work that complements classroom learning, enabling students to inspire solutions to environmental challenges.
The original boat is 67 years old and needs replaced. Funding will support this as well as enhance the program and classrooms and research laboratories where students can record their findings.