About Us

The Michigan Wetlands Association (MWA) was established in 2010 to protect and restore wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education and stewardship. MWA is Michigan’s only statewide organization focused exclusively on wetland protection. Its members include wetland professionals, wetland scientists and educators, conservation and environmental organization staff, students, concerned citizens, and local, state, and federal agency staff.

Advisory Committes

Board of Directors

Todd Losee, President, Niswander Environmental MWAPresident@miwetlands.org

Todd Losee is an Ecologist for Niswander Environmental LLC specializing in wetland identification, restoration, and mitigation. Prior to coming to Niswander Environmental, Todd spent 15 years with the MDEQ. During his career at MDEQ, Todd served as a permitting analyst, a wetland specialist, and an invasive species specialist for the State of Michigan. Todd is also a summer faculty in Michigan State University’s Fish and Wildlife Department teaching Wetlands Ecology and Management at the Kellogg Biological Station.

 

Anne Garwood, Vice-President, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Anne Garwood is the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Ecologist for the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Anne works on wetland monitoring, invasive species management, climate change adaptation, and protection of coastal wetlands. Anne is a member of the state Aquatic Invasive Species Core Team in Michigan, and co-chair of the MWA Science and Research Committee. Anne worked in the MDEQ regulatory wetlands program for several years in Southeast Michigan prior to accepting the coastal wetland ecologist position in 2010.

 

Jeremie Wilson, Treasurer, Michigan Department of Transportation

Jeremie Wilson is the Wetland Mitigation Specialist for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Jeremie is MDOT’s statewide wetland mitigation technical resource and is responsible for the management of both MDOT’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program and their Wetland Mitigation Project Specific Program.

 

Chris May, Secretary, The Nature Conservancy

Chris May is Director of Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan. He directs state-wide natural resource management and restoration efforts, and works with partners and private landowners to develop conservation plans. Chris has been involved in research and management of natural resources for over 25 years. His past work experience includes restoration of aquatic, wetland, and upland habitats; invasive species management; prescribed fire and wildland firefighting; and use of GIS for natural resource management.

 

Amy Berry, Member, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Amy Berry is the Wetland Protection Program Policy Coordinator with the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, with over 17 years of experience with wetland issues. She serves as a technical and regulatory resource for MDEQ staff and the public, providing guidance and policy development for the best protection and management of the state’s wetland resources, including stakeholder engagement and administration of the newly formed Agricultural Assistance Program. Amy has served as co-chair on the Preservation, Restoration, and Stewardship Committee of the Michigan Wetlands Association since its inception.  

 

Matt Carmer, Member, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Mr. Carmer is a Senior Scientist with Environmental Consulting and Technology (ECT) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has more than 17 years of experience in natural resources consulting specializing in wetland delineation and mitigation design, threatened and endangered species surveys, and forest/wildlife resource assessments. Prior to joining ECT, he served as a consulting biologist for several prominent ecological firms in southern Michigan. He also served as a wetland specialist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) where he was responsible for regulatory inspections and jurisdictional wetland and stream determinations throughout the state of Michigan.

 

Neil Schock, Member, Central Michigan University

Neil Schock is a PhD candidate and Professional Wetland Technician at Central Michigan University's Institute for Great Lakes Research. Neil works on inland depressional and Great Lakes coastal wetland monitoring, while using these data to produce reports and literature that is essential to the restoration and protection of wetlands throughout the state of Michigan. Neil has over six years of experience researching wetlands and is a co-chair of the MWA Science and Research Committee.

 

Ryan Wheeler, Member, Department of Natural Resources

Ryan Wheeler is the Terrestrial Invasive Species Biologist in DNR Forest Resources Division and Wildlife Division (shared position).  He completed his Masters Degree at CMU in 2014 in Don Uzarski’s lab working on coastal wetland monitoring – both the GLRI monitoring project and as a project lead on our Intensification Project comparing intensive monitoring results to MIRAM results on coastal wetlands.  Ryan was the lead author on the findings report analyzing the MIRAM/Intensive monitoring results correlation.  In his current position with DNR FRD/WLD Ryan works on identification, prevention, and management of terrestrial invasive species, many of which are common in wetlands such as Buckthorns, Japanese Knotweed, Bittersweet, Phragmites, Reed Canary Grass, etc., as well as many other terrestrial species.  He is also the chair of a multi-agency committee working on Decontamination procedures/recommendations for preventing the spread of invasive species.

 

Contact Us

Michigan Wetlands Association
P.O. Box 13242
Lansing, Michigan 48901
MWA@miwetlands.org


Photo credit: Melanie Foose