Susan Klimas
Susan Klimas, Ph.D.
Research Technician
Susan has led wetland field sampling, aquatic habitat research, and botanical survey projects at GLEC since 2017, including work for the Michigan EGLE Wetland Monitoring Program, the Nature Conservancy, and for several hydropower client FERC re-licensing studies. Her intrepid research and teaching experience include a stint as a Field Botany Instructor in Papua New Guinea, Botanist and Educator for the Little Traverse Conservancy, Biology Instructor at the University of Colorado, and contract Botanist for the U.S. Forest Service at the Ottawa National Forest. Susan has a deep understanding of aquatic plant life in the Great Lakes Region and is an expert at the collection and processing of field data. She is also a big animal lover, keeping horses and caring for many dogs in need through her work with the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Susan holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Environmental Monitoring from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Colorado.


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Great Lakes Environmental Center

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Traverse City, MI   49686

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