Mark Breederland

Mark Breederland

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Great Lakes Fisheries Education and Management - Michigan Sea Grant, Coastal Communities Development
Grand Traverse County Extension Office




Mark 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 and statewide as needed.

Professional Interests

  • Great Lakes Levels / hydrology
  • 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.