Elliot Nelson

Extension Educator, Eastern Upper Peninsula


Works with coastal communities and businesses in the Eastern Upper Peninsula to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes, Lake Superior, northern Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron issues. Counties include Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Schoolcraft, Alger, and Marquette counties (also state-wide).

Professional Interests

  • Environmental Literacy
  • Citizen Science Programs
  • Aquaculture
  • Great Lakes Fisheries
  • Coastal Tourism Development – Water and Birding Trails
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration
  • Watershed Management

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, UM Water Center. Helped create the Michigan Water Collaboration Network.
  • Program Coordinator, North Huron Birding Trail. Designed trail development plan and interpretive information and coordinated with local partners on completion of trail.
  • Science Teacher, Grand River Preparatory High School. Taught 9th-12th grade Biology and Environmental Science classes.
  • Mentor Teacher, Third 90 Network. Preformed environmental science research in Southwest MI with urban high school students and college professors.
  • Founding Environmental Educator, Cedar Campus Environmental Stewardship and Tourism Program. Created a now longstanding program to promote environmental education, ecotourism and stewardship on a 500 acre camp along the northern shoreline of Lake Huron.


  • B.S. Michigan State University, Biology
  • M.S. University of Michigan, Natural Resources and Environment

Phone: (906) 635-2845

Michigan Sea Grant Extension
Lake Superior State University
Hillside House, 650 W Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783