Erica Clites


Erica Clites is an Extension Educator serving in Southeast Michigan. Erica works with local communities, agencies and other partners and networks on initiatives such as habitat restoration and coastal community development. Her district includes Wayne, Macomb, Monroe, and St. Clair counties with her office in Wayne County.

Prior to joining Michigan Sea Grant, Erica was Director of the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (Oakland County CISMA), a collaboration of over 40 county, municipal, and nonprofit partners to support functioning ecosystems and enhance quality of life through invasive species management.

In addition, Erica has worked as:

  • A fossil collections manager for the University of California Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, managing a national collaboration of nine museums digitizing fossil clams and snails.
  • A natural resource manager for the National Park Service, running a long-term field monitoring program for fossil dinosaur trackways along Lake Powell to evaluate the impact of changing water levels on the trackways.

Erica loves sharing her passion for the natural world with partners and the public helping connect people with information they need through webinars, workshops and conversations. She appreciates any opportunity to get outside and see how natural ecosystems really work!



  • Invasive species
  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Natural resource management
  • Kayak safety
  • Community resiliency
  • Coastal tourism
  • Water infrastructure
  • M.S. Geological Sciences, University of California, Riverside
  • B.A. Geology, College of Wooster
Erica Clites

Erica Clites

Extension Educator, Southeast District

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Phone: (313) 494-4678

Michigan Sea Grant Extension
1360 Oakman Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Detroit, MI 48238