Kelsey Prihoda

Kelsey Prihoda headshot
Professional Title
Sea Grant Great Lakes Transportation Extension Educator

What I do for Sea Grant

I help to serve the Minnesota Sea Grant Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network with regard to the transport of hazardous materials across the Great Lakes region. My two major focus areas are maritime transport and Great Lakes hazardous materials transport. 

For maritime transport, I will be focused on:

  • Supply-chain security
  • Short-sea shipping
  • Intermodal transportation
  • Economic and environmental impacts
  • Waterway infrastructure maintenance
  • Ballast water management
  • Trade and regulatory policies

For hazardous materials transport, I will be focused on:

  • Hazardous materials transport issues
  • Coordinate Great Lakes Sea Grant efforts surrounding hazardous materials transport issues
  • Coordinate the "risk optimization" extension program
  • Provide information on trade and regulatory policies


M.S. - Toxicology
Iowa State University
B.S. - Biology
University of Wisconsin-Superior

Outreach Projects

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) helps create a Great Lakes-literate public capable of effectively contributing to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Great Lakes.

The website is to help recreational paddlers select launch sites and avoid dangerous encounters with commercial ship traffic in the Duluth-Superior area of Lake Superior.

A curated selection of resources about the Great Lakes maritime transportation system and the Port of Duluth-Superior.

Maritime hazmat transportation in the Great Lakes.

On April 14, 2022, the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program hosted a one-day, virtual workshop with the goal of generating ideas and partnerships leading to targeted and impactful research funding for the St. Louis River Estuary and providing a mechanism for estuary-wide decision making.

The goal of this project is to help prevent future drownings in the St. Louis River Estuary by characterizing, forecasting, and increasing public awareness of drowning hotspots, which are locations where drowning has occurred or that pose high drowning risks.

Featured Stories

The November extension column is by Great Lakes Sea Grant Transportation Extension Educator Kelsey Prihoda. Embodying Sea Grant’s long-standing nationwide role to bring science together with communities for solutions that work, Minnesota Sea Grant is working to provide outreach, community engagement, and research on hazardous material transport in the Great Lakes.

News Releases

If you’re reading this, then it’s likely you’re one of the roughly 40 million people whose drinking water comes from the Great Lakes.