Theresa Gruninger – Program Specialist
Theresa joined the Great Lakes Commission in 2021 and is a program specialist for the aquatic invasive species program. She splits her time on multiple projects including the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative and the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Prior to starting at the Great Lakes Commission, Theresa worked as a Student Services Contractor for the U.S. Geological Survey where she worked on multiple projects related to reducing growth of the invasive Phragmites australis. Theresa holds a master’s degree in soil and water sciences from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University. Her graduate studies have focused largely on coastal ecology, including understanding the effects of boating damage on seagrass habitat and working on seagrass and oyster reef restoration projects.