Heather Triezenberg


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. As a member of the Michigan Sea Grant Management Team, Triezenberg guides integrated program planning, implementation, evaluation, partnerships and collaborations, and pre-/post-award activities. She joined Michigan Sea Grant in 2014 as an Extension Specialist and Program Coordinator and was named Associate Director in 2022.

Dr. Triezenberg has a faculty appointment in the MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Department where she conducts social science research. Her work explores how stakeholders perceive risks related to a variety of Great Lakes issues and community-engaged approaches for Extension, outreach, and engagement scholarship. She is an affiliate of the MSU Institute of Water Research, and a board member to the MSU Quantitative Fisheries Center and the MSU Institute of Water Research.  

Heather is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Advancement Program focusing on leading for the common good. She is past chair (2021-2022) of the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders, which included being a liaison to NOAA’s National Sea Grant Advisory Board, the Sea Grant Association Network Advisory Council, and ex-officio member of the Sea Grant Association Program Mission Committee. She previously served as chair-elect (2019-2020) and an at-large member (2016-2017) of the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders. Heather was a member of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Board Science Collaborative Advisory Board from 2017-2022. 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.

  • 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

(nee Van Den Berg)

  • Triezenberg, H. A., Hunnell, J., Elgin, E., Bhakta, B., and Bohling, M. (forthcoming). Evaluation of the Michigan Water School: Water Education Program for Local Leaders. Journal of Extension.
  • Carson, M. A., Doberneck, D. M., Hart, Z., Kelsey, H., Pierce, J. Y. Porter, D. E., Richlen, M. L., Schandera, L. and Triezenberg, H. A. (2022). A strategic framework for community engagement in oceans and human health. Community Science, 1(1), https://doi.org/10.1029/2022CSJ000001
  • 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 programming. Journal of Extension, 58(1) Article v58-1a1.
  • Pavloski, Erin L.; Triezenberg, Heather A.; Takahashi, Bruno; Taylor, William W. (2019). Using Risk Perceptions to Develop Effective Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach.
  • Good, M., Taylor, W.W., Carlson, A.K., Scholze, T., Triezenberg, H.A., and Lambe, R. (2019). The changing face of Great Lakes fisheries. Aquatic Ecosystem Health &Management, 22(3):355- 367, DOI: 10.1080/14634988.2019.1657688
  • Walcott, E. and Triezenberg, H.A. (2018). Public Policy Education Principles & Guidelines for MSU Extension, 2018 revision.
  • 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). ): 559-567. 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). 1528-1535 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). 1311-1319 DOI: 1 0.1002/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. Submitted to Journal of Wildlife Management, 80(5):941–946; 2016; 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, 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).
Heather Triezenberg

Heather Triezenberg

Associate Director and Program Leader

Pronouns: she/her

(517) 353-5508

Michigan Sea Grant Extension
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive, Annex Room 73
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243

Read about Heather’s work in her article series.

Growing up on a Michigan farm, Heather had a lot of questions about the environment, community, and agriculture. Read more about how this shaped her career. 

This interview is part of a series of articles honoring Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators during the 2016 National Sea Grant College Program’s 50th anniversary celebration.