Works with coastal communities, schools, and businesses in southeast Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes, western Lake Erie and southern Lake Huron issues. Counties include St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne, and Monroe.
- Developed and directs the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), a schoolship program that targets students in grades 4 and above. GLEP education involves approximately 200 classes each year in classroom learning and educational cruises on Lake St. Clair and the lower Detroit River.
- Developed and directs Summer Discovery Cruises (SDC) for the public on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Summer Discovery Cruises advance Great Lakes literacy and stewardship on the part of the more than 1,000 annual participants by helping them to learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes.
- Serves as the Michigan Co-Lead for the regional Center for Great Lakes Literacy, which seeks to advance Great Lakes literacy among formal and informal educators in Michigan and the other six Great Lakes states, and build connections between the education and Great Lakes research communities.
- Supports Blue Economy initiatives in coastal counties and communities.
- Serves as an educational resource to local organizations and businesses on matters relating to coastal processes, fisheries education, water safety and recreational boating.
- Teacher professional development
- K–12 and informal education
- Coastal communities and the Blue Economy
- 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.