Heather Triezenberg, Ph.D.

Heather Triezenberg


Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

Social Scientist/Extension Specialist

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program Coordinator


Ph.D. Natural Resources Policy and Management, 2010, Cornell University
M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Management, 2006, Michigan State University
B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Management, 2002, Michigan State University


As Extension Specialist and Program Leader, Dr. Heather Triezenberg coordinates the statewide Sea Grant Extension Program in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension Community, Food & Environment Institute. Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators work with stakeholders on critical Great Lakes issues, such as resilient communities and economies, healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, environmental literacy and other issues. She joined Michigan Sea Grant in March 2014.

Dr. Triezenberg is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Advancement Program focusing on leading for the common good. She is currently the chair-elect for the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders and is a member of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Board Science Collaborative Advisory Board. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals gold award for a referred journal article, NASA-MSU for early career scholars fellowship, and an MSU Extension meritorious service award.

Dr. Triezenberg conducts applied human dimensions research in support of Great Lakes aquatic resource policy and management. Her human dimensions of natural resources research explores how stakeholders perceive risks related to critical issues within the Great Lakes to inform communication efforts, citizen involvement in research (e.g., Citizen Science), and program evaluation. She is also interested in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other quantitative methods to better understand stakeholders’ perceptions and actions as well as the incorporation of human dimensions data into management modeling and decision-making.

Current Research:

  • Stewardship motivations and collaborative governance of Great Lakes coastal wildlife management areas

  • High engagement training programs for STEM graduate students and practitioners

  • Evaluation of Extension Programming: Center for Great Lakes Literacy shipboard science workshop; Water School for Municipal Leaders

  • Extension public policy education in the 21st century

  • Improving risk communication within coastal and Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems.

Publications (nee Van Den Berg):

Walcott, E. and Triezenberg, H.A. (2020). A critical time for Extension leadership in public policy education programmingJournal of Extension, 58(1) Article v58-1a1.

Pavloski, E. L., Triezenberg, H. A., Takahaski, B., & Taylor, W. W. (2019). Using risk perceptions to develop effective Great Lakes aquatic invasive species outreach. Journal of Extension [On-line], 57(5). Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2019october/rb5.php

Good, M., Taylor, W.W., Carlson, A.K., Scholze, T., Triezenberg, H.A., and Lambe, R. (in press). The changing face of Great Lakes fisheries. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management.

Walcott, E. and Triezenberg, H.A. (2018). Public Policy Education Principles & Guidelines for MSU Extension, 2018 revision. Available: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/public-policy-education-principles-guidelines-for-msu-extension

Whyte, J. H. and Triezenberg, H. A. (2018). Community planners’ perceptions of coastal risk: An evaluation of the Michigan Association of Planning community resiliency institute. Michigan Sea Grant College Program, Michigan State University Extension. East Lansing, MI.

Triezenberg, H.A., Riley, B., Herreman, K., Knudson, W., Infante, D., and Taylor, W. (2018). Commercial aquaculture in Michigan siting guidebook. Michigan Sea Grant College Program MICHU-18-201.

Triezenberg, H. A. & Knuth, B.A. (2018) Limiting conflicts when managing public lands for furbearer trapping and dog-related recreation. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 42(4). DOI:10.1002/wsb.931

Riley, S.J., Triezenberg, H.A., Ford, J.K, Lederle, P. (2018) Stakeholder Trust in a State Wildlife Agency. Journal of Wildlife Management, 82(7). DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21501

Triezenberg, H. A. & Knuth, B.A. (2018) Predicting Positive Outcomes for Waterfowl Hunters and Waterfront Residents. Journal of Wildlife Management, 82(6). DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21471

Liu, J. Connor, T., Friis, C., Challies, E., Newig, J., Romulo, C., Herzberger, A., Roche, J., Silva, R., Chung, M. G., Zimmerer, K., Batistella, M., Parish, E., Sun, J., Millington, J., Lenschow, A., Mechiche-Alami, A., Basher, Z, Zhao, Z., Dou, Y., Treglia, M., Triezenberg, H., Huettmann, F., Yang, H. (2018). Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: Typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability.  Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Triezenberg, H.A., Riley, S.J. & Gore, M.L. (2016). Efficacy of communication in changing behaviors of antlerless deer hunters. Journal of Wildlife Management, 80(5):941–946; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21078

Youn, S. J., Allison, E. H., Fuentevilla, C., Funge-Smith, S., Triezenberg, H. A., Parker, M., Thilsted, S., Onyango, P., Akpalu, W., Holtgrieve, G., Good, M.J., & Muise, S. (2016). The underappreciated livelihood contributions of inland fisheries and the societal consequences of their neglect in Freshwater, Fish, and the Future: Proceedings of the Global Cross-Sectoral Conference, C. Goddard, N. Leonard, W. W. Taylor, and D. Bartley (Eds.). American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. 

Triezenberg, H.A., Gore, M.L., Lapinski, M.K. & Riley, S.J. (2014). Role of persuasive communication for achieving wildlife health goals. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 38(4):734-740.  DOI: 10.10002/wsb.462

Triezenberg, H.A., Gore, M.L., Riley, S.J., & Lapinski, M.K. (2014). Perceived risks from disease and management policies: an expansion and testing of a zoonotic disease risk perception model. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(2):123-138. DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2014.844288

Triezenberg, H.A., Lauber, T. B., & Knuth, B.A. (2012).  Policy learning and deer co-management in New York State:  Insights from Newspaper Coverage.  Journal of Wildlife Management, 76(6):1317-1325.

Triezenberg, H.A., Knuth, B.A., Yuan, Y.C., & Dickinson, J.L. (2012). Social networking and collective action models of citizen science:  Theory meets possibility.  In Dickinson, J.L. & Bonney, R. (Eds.) Citizen Science: New Frontiers for Enhanced Public Collaboration in Environmental Research.

Triezenberg, H.A., Knuth, B.A., & Yuan, Y. C. (2011).  Social Networks and Collective Actions: Relationship of Network Positions and Framing of Public Issues in Wildlife Management.  Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 16:381-396.

Van Den Berg, H.A., Riley, S.J., & Dann, S.L. (2011).  Conservation education for advancing natural resources knowledge and building capacity for volunteerism.  Society & Natural Resources, 24(3):205-220.

Van Den Berg, H.A., Dann, S.L., & Dirkx, J.M. (2009). Motivations of Adults for Non-formal Conservation Education and Volunteerism:  Implications for Programming.  Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 8:6-17.

Van Den Berg, H.A. & Dann, S.L. (2008). Evaluation of an Adult Extension Education Initiative: The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program.  Journal of Extension [On-line], 46(2). Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2008april/rb1.shtml

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