Erika Vye's Profile

  • Member for:
    3 years 7 months
  • Institution:
    Michigan Technological University


Dr. Erika Vye is a geologist and geoheritage specialist with expertise in formal and informal place-based education initiatives that broaden community Earth sciences and Great Lakes literacy. She is active in conservation and education initiatives that foster coastal community resilience through traditional knowledge, research, and citizen science on environmental issues ranging from shoreline erosion, increased storm surges, lake level rise, severe weather, climate change, and migration of legacy mining stamp sands. As the co-founder of Keweenaw Geoheritage and Keweenaw Geotours, she is active in the development of sustainable economic opportunities and educational initiatives that enrich peoples’ connections with coastal environments and has extensive experience on interpreting coastal features in the Lake Superior region. Vye is a Geosciences Research Scientist and part of the University-Indigenous Community Partnerships at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech. She also serves on the Leadership Team for the Lake Superior Stewardship Initative and has planned and implemented numerous field trips, place-based stewardship projects, and teacher institutes with specific focus on coastal issues in the Lake Superior region.

Erika's research projects

Michigan Tech Great Lakes Buoy Network: Protecting Lives and Property from Hazardous Lake Conditions

The goal of this project is to maintain and improve on Michigan Tech's life-saving buoy network on the Great Lakes. The buoys measure wave conditions, wind speed and direction, water temperature, water current speeds, and detailed meteorological information. Funds from this project will be used to help support the continued operations and maintenance of the buoy network.

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