GLPC Committees and Governance

The GLPC has a governance structure to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of our work. A Core Team of staff are involved in administration and day-to-day operations of the GLPC. An Advisory Committee meets bi-annually to share program updates and connect on ongoing GLPC work. A Steering Committee meets more frequently to advance specific tasks and projects that do not require participation of the entire Advisory Committee. Finally, Observers are an arms-length group that are informed of GLPC progress and assist or provide feedback when necessary.

Click the buttons below to learn more about each of these groups and their members. Please contact us if you would like to participate.

Core Team

A core team of staff at the Great Lakes Commission and US Geological Survey are responsible for administrative duties, communication, and leadership in development of tools for the GLPC.

The core team meets monthly.

Heather Braun–Project Manager
Great Lakes Commission
hbraun@glc.org
734-971-9135

 

Kurt Kowalski–Research Ecologist
US Geological Survey – Great Lakes Science Center
kkowalski@usgs.gov
734-214-9308

 

Elaine Ferrier- Sr. Program Specialist
Great Lakes Commission
eferrier@glc.org
734-971-9135

Karen Alexander- Sr. Program Specialist
Great Lakes Commission
kalexander@glc.org
734-971-9135

Wes Bickford – Wetland Research Analyst
US Geological Survey – Great Lakes Science Center
Wbickford@usgs.gov

Advisory Committee

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Advisory Committee includes representation from federal, state and provincial governments and the broad group of stakeholders engaged in invasive Phragmites management, research, restoration, education, and outreach throughout the Great Lakes Basin. The Committee provides guidance and leadership to the Collaborative as it works to develop products, facilitate communication, and foster collaboration across the region.

Federal Government Agencies

Linda Nelson
Assistant Technical Director for
Environmental Engineering and Sciences
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
linda.s.nelson@usace.army.mil
601-634-2656

Norman Melvin
Botanist and Wetland Team Leader
USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service
norman.melvin@ftw.usda.gov
817-509-3572

Brian Smith
Ecologist
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
bsmith@dot.gov
708-283-3553

State/Province Government Agencies

Francine MacDonald
Biodiversity Policy Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
francine.macdonald@ontario.ca

Jennifer Dunn
Biologist
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
jrtait@gw.dec.state.ny.us
716-851-7130

Dave Sherman
Wetland Habitat Coordinator
Ohio Division of Wildlife
dave.sherman@dnr.state.oh.us
419-898-0960 ext.24

Brock Woods
Purple Loosetrife Biocontrol Coordinator and Wetland Invasive Plant Programs
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
brock.woods@wisconsin.gov
608-266-2554

Tribal Communities

Seeking representatives – please contact if interested.

Local and Non-profit Organizations

Jason Hill
Manager of Conservation Programs
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
jhill@ducks.org
734-623-2000

Chris May
Director of Stewardship
The Nature Conservancy, Michigan
cmay@tnc.org
517-316-2274

Janice Gilbert
Wetland Ecologist and Co-Chair
Ontario Phragmites Working Group
janicegilbert@rogers.com
519-875-1765

 Academia

Bernd Blossey
Associate Professor
Cornell University
bb22@cornell.edu
607-227-1572

Mary Bohling
Extension Educator, Southeast Michigan
Michigan Sea Grant
bohling@msu.edu
734-720-7689 ext.101

Doug Wilcox

Empire Innovation Professor of Wetland Science
State University of New York, Brockport
dwilcox@brockport.edu
585-395-5963

Steering Committee

In 2016 a Steering Committee was established which is a smaller group that meets more frequently. The first key tasks of the Steering Committee were to develop a GLPC Charter to be approved by the Advisory Committee, and to assist in planning a winter 2017 workshop.

The Steering Committee includes the GLPC Core Team and the following members:

Brian Smith
Ecologist
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
bsmith@dot.gov
708-283-3553

Chris May
Director of Stewardship
The Nature Conservancy, Michigan
cmay@tnc.org
517-316-2274

Janice Gilbert
Wetland Ecologist and Co-Chair
Ontario Phragmites Working Group
janicegilbert@rogers.com
519-875-1765

Observers

Observers are partners who are interested in keeping track of the work of the GLPC and providing assistance and feedback as necessary, but are not involved in regular meetings.

Rochelle Sturtevant
Regional Sea Grant Extension Educator
Michigan Sea Grant
rochelle.sturtevant@noaa.gov
734-741-2287

Julie Sims
Regional Coordinator
Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
julie.sims@noaa.gov
734-741-2385

Amos Ziegler
MISIN Coordinator
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network
Michigan State University
ziegler2@msu.edu
517-355-0204

Don Uzarski
Director, Institute for Great Lakes Research
Central Michigan University
uzars1dg@cmich.edu
989-774-2504

Phyllis Higman
Senior Conservation Scientist
Conservation Education Lead
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
higman@msu.edu
517-373-6983