Heather Triezenberg, Ph.D.

Heather Triezenberg

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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 Associate Director and Program Leader for MIchigan Sea Grant, Dr. Heather Triezenberg coordinates the Sea Grant Extension Program through Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s Community, Food & Environment Institute. she is a member of the MSU Extension Administrative Team, an affiliate of the MSU Institute of Water Research, and an Extension Specialist. As a member of the Michigan Sea Grant Management Team, Triezenberg guides Extension integrated program planning, implementation, community-engaged scholarship, partnerships, team collaborations, impact reporting, performance management, and pre-/post-award activities of a highly leveraged unit. 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 (2021-2022) for the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders and 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 a MSU Extension meritorious service award.

Triezenberg has a faculty appointment in the MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Department where she conducts applied human dimensions of natural resources research. Her work explores how stakeholders perceive risks related to critical issues within the Great Lakes to inform engagement and communication efforts, community 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):

Pavloski, E. L., and Triezenberg, H. A. (2021). Fish Disease Outreach Messages: Testing of Gain and Loss Frames. Journal of Extension, 59(2), Article 2. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.02.02

Hunnell, J., Triezenberg, H. A., & Doberneck, D. (2020) Training early career Great Lakes scientists for Effective Engagement and Impact. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, volume 170, 19-34.

Triezenberg, H.A., Doberneck, D., Campa, H., III and Taylor, W.W. (2020), Mid‐ and High‐Engagement Programs to Develop Future Fisheries Management Professionals’ Skills. Fisheries, 45: 544-553. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10480

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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