Works with coastal communities and businesses in southeast Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes, western Lake Erie and southern Lake Huron issues. Counties include Tuscola, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne and Monroe.
- Developed and directs the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), a schoolship program that targets fourth-grade students and involves approximately 200 classes each year in classroom learning and educational cruises on Lake St. Clair and the lower Detroit River.
- Promotes public awareness of aquatic nuisance species by conducting teacher training day camps and educational presentations
- Assists in coordinating public information seminars on issues of interest to the public such as Great Lakes water levels.
- Serves as a consultant to local organizations and businesses on matters relating to coastal processes, fisheries education, water safety and recreational boating.
- Teacher and K–12 education
- Coastal business management
- Underwater preserves
- Lake levels
- Coastal processes
- Fisheries education
- Water safety
- Recreational boating
- Professional Experience
- Sea Grant Extension agent in southeast Michigan since 1977
- M.S. Texas A&M University, Marine Resources Management
- B.A. Miami University
“The next generation of decision-makers needs to be better prepared to address important Great Lakes resource management issues,” Steve Stewart says. Read more for Steve’s top piece of conservation advice. 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.