November 21, 2018

Chicago aquarium taps Mich. native for research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A biologist and former Grand Rapids resident is sharing his knowledge of the Great Lakes at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Philip Willink, whose research specialty is fish, was recently hired as senior research biologist and leads the aquarium’s Great Lakes conservation initiative.

Willink has long been intrigued by Lake Michigan. Born in the Grand Rapids area, he moved to the East Coast as a 2-year-old. He stayed connected with West Michigan through trips to family and returned to receive a bachelor’s degree in science from Calvin College. When Willink wasn’t in class, he was fishing for perch on