Kip R. Cronk

Extension Educator, Saginaw Bay District


Works with coastal communities, students, teachers, businesses and the general public in the Saginaw Bay region to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes, Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay issues.


  • Enhance the stewardship of freshwater coastal wetlands, water quality, fish, wildlife, and nearshore habitats within Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, and the Great Lakes Ecosystem by working with natural resources agencies and other stakeholders to identify informational gaps and work to develop, conduct, and evaluate education and outreach;
  • Build and maintain a network of contacts interested in natural resource issues related to land-water interactions and facilitate better communication and interactions between stakeholders, including working with a variety of stakeholder groups that often have competing visions for the region, and pursuing additional resources that supplement Sea Grant/MSU Extension programming support;
  • Collaborate with coastal communities and other interested stakeholders on community planning, watershed management, and coastal community resiliency to promote best practices.

Professional Interests

  • Environmental Policy
  • Coastal Resilience
  • Natural Resources Education
  • Revitalizing Coastal Economies
  • Great Lakes Fisheries
  • Coastal Wetland Conservation
  • Natural Shorelines & Native Vegetation
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Coastal Tourism Development

Professional Experience

  • Coordinator, Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA)
  • Environmental Quality Analyst 12, State of Michigan, Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Saginaw Bay District Office, Bay City, Michigan
  • Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, Coordinator, State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Land and Water Management, Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit, Bay City and Lansing
  • Acting District Supervisor, State of Michigan, Department of Environmental Quality, Land & Water Management Division
  • Communications & Education Coordinator/Aquatic Ecologist, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), Fairbanks, AK
  • Adjunct Faculty, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI


  • B.S. Eastern Michigan University, Earth Science and Secondary Education
  • M.S. Antioch New England Graduate School, Environmental Studies – Resource Management and Administration


(989) 895-4026 ext. 6

Michigan Sea Grant Extension
515 Center Avenue
Suite G-102
Bay City, MI 48708