Mary Bohling


Note: As of March 2022, Mary is on a temporary assignment with MSU Extension, serving as the Interim District 12 Director. Please contact Katelyn Brolick if you need immediate assistance with any of Mary’s projects or subject areas.

Mary Bohling works with coastal communities, schools, and businesses in southeast Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues. Her district includes St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne, and Monroe counties.

She is particularly interested in helping coastal communities explore:

  • Greenways and blueways initiatives
  • Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs)
  • Public-private partnership development
  • Planning and redevelopment in urban communities
  • Coastal tourism
  • Fish and wildlife habitat restoration
  • M.S. Environmental Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • B.G.S. Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Professional experience
  • Chair, Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council working to delist Michigan’s Areas of Concern. Recent projects include the completion of a variety of habitat restoration projects in the St. Clair and Detroit River Areas of Concern.
  • Co-Chair, Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative. Fostering collaboration between 21 Wayne County communities. In 2016, she helped complete a gap analysis for the portion of the Iron Belle Trail that will follow the DLGI trail through 10 Downriver communities.
  • Co-Creator of the Lake St. Clair Coastal Water Trail. This brochure promotes non-motorized recreation opportunities in Lake St. Clair through the identification of launch sites, paddling routes, and points of interest.
  • Co-Founder and board member of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, a non-profit organization created to support the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Her work with the organization includes enhancing environmental education and outreach, natural areas preservation, and cooperative conservation initiatives in coastal communities in the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie.
Mary Bohling

Mary Bohling

Extension Educator, Urban Southeast District

Pronouns: she/her

(313) 410-9431 (cell)

Michigan Sea Grant Extension
20600 Eureka Rd., Suite 250
Taylor, MI 48180

Read about Mary’s work in her article series.