Mark Breederland

Extension Educator, Northwest District


Works with coastal communities and businesses in northwest Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues. Counties include: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie and Manistee.

Professional Interests

  • Sustainable coastal development
  • Clean Marina Program
  • Great Lakes Observing Systems
  • Brownfield and coastal land redevelopment
  • Coastal wetlands
  • Computer applications


  • B.S. Taylor University (Upland, Indiana), 1984
  • M.S. Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), 1987

Professional Experience

  • Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator for Southeast Michigan (1995-2003) and Northwest Michigan (2004 – current).
  • Chair, Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative (1997-2003). Accomplishments include leveraging more than $13 million in projects, including diverse programs such as creating lake sturgeon spawning habitat, developing riverfront greenways, demonstrating soft engineering for shoreline treatment, and assisting in coastal brownfield redevelopment.
  • Served with the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario, from 1992-95. Worked with local water resources advisory groups across both U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes coasts.
  • Water resources specialist and environmental programs director for the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments in Traverse City, 1986-92.


Mark has worked for nearly 30 years to help urban and rural communities face challenges ranging from dangerous currents to sand-filled harbors. Read more to learn Mark’s unique perspective on issues facing Michigan’s coastal communities. This interview is part of a series of articles honoring Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators during the 2016 National Sea Grant College Program’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Phone: (231) 922-4628
Cell: (231) 590-0413 

Michigan Sea Grant Extension
520 West Front Street, Suite A
Traverse City, MI 49684-2208