Heather Triezenberg

Heather Triezenberg

Social scientist/Extension specialist

Office Phone: (517) 353-5508



  • 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
  • Bio:

    Heather Triezenberg is interested in resilient coastal community development and healthy coastal ecosystems. Her 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.

    Triezenberg conducts applied human dimensions research in support of Great Lakes aquatic resource policy and management. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals gold award for a referred journal article.

    In addition to her research interests, she is an extension specialist and program coordinator for the statewide Sea Grant Extension Program in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension Greening Michigan Institute.

    Research Interests:


  • Improving risk communication within coastal and Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems.
  • Trust-space continuum: a spatial analysis of stakeholders’ trust and confidence in a state wildlife agency.
  • Stakeholders’ perceptions and actions related to zoonotic diseases within natural resources contexts (e.g.,deer.fw.msu.edu/outreachsummary).
  • Organization(s):
    Michigan Sea Grant


    Title Book/Journal Year
    The changing face of Great Lakes fisheries Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management 2019
    Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2018