Aquatic Invasive Species are perhaps the greatest stressor currently facing the Great Lakes aquatic ecosystem, altering energy pathways, lowering food web and fisheries productivity, and costing millions of dollars annually in control and mitigation. NOAAs Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS) is a searchable database with species profiles, threat assessments, and maps designed to improve stakeholder education, and inform prevention, management and control of aquatic nonindigenous species (AIS).
The GLANSIS Program Manager is responsible for working with the GLANSIS Executive Team, the USGS NAS Program Leader and the Advisory Committee (ANS Panel) to update, plan and implement new database information projects. The GLANSIS Program Manager is responsible for supervising the research associates, conducting QA/QC on all products and data, and ensuring all sub-projects meet milestones.
- Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Research Representative to the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species
- Great Waters Research Collaborative Advisory Committee
- International Association for Great Lakes Research, Outreach Committee
- Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from Kent State University. Dissertation “The influence of Nutrient Recycling on the Stability of Planktonic Ecosystems”
Experience, Expertise and Interests
- General Great Lakes
- General Systems Theory
- Invasive Species
- Sturtevant, R. 2017 (in review) AIS Indicators Chapter in SOLEC Indicators Report.
- Davidson, AD., AJ Fusaro, RA Sturtevant and DR Kashian. Development of a risk assessment framewok to predict invasive species establishment for multiple taxonomic groups and vectors of introduction. Management of Biological Invasions 9.
- Fusaro, A. Emily Baker, Whitney Conard, Alisha Davidson, Kyle Dettloff, Jane Li, Gabriela Núñez, Rochelle Sturtevant, Ed Rutherford. A Risk Assessment of Potential Great Lakes Aquatic Invaders. NOAA TM-169.
- Sturtevant, R. A., Berent, L., Conard, W., Makled, T., Fusaro, A., & Rutherford, E. 2016. An overview of the management of established nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes. (NOAA TM-168), (pp. 1-273): NOAA. Available from: http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/ftp/publications/tech_reports/glerl-168/tm-168.pdf
- Sturtevant, R., J. Larson, L. Berent, M. McCarthy, A. Bogdanoff, A. Fusaro, and E. Rutherford. An Impact Assessment of Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species. NOAA TM-161. http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/ftp/publications/tech_reports/glerl-161/tm-161.pdf
- Marshall, A. LaPorte, S. Rutherford and R. Sturtevant. 2013. In a Data Dilemma? A series of datasets and inquiry tools that furthers Great Lakes literacy. The Earth Scientist Vol XXIX Issue 3.
- Serveiss, V., A. Arvai, and R. Sturtevant. Section 4.1 Aquatic Invasive Species in “Sixteenth Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality: Assessment of Progress Made Towards Restoring and Maintaining Great Lakes Water Quality 1987-2012.”
- Sturtevant, RA and A Marshall. Educator House Call: On-line Data for Educators’ Needs Assessment – Summary Report. NOAA Technical Memorandum GLERL-149. ftp://ftp.glerl.noaa.gov/publications/tech_reports/glerl-149/tm-149.pdf
- Joseph, et al. Impact of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Ecosystem: A NOAA Science Needs Assessment Workshop to Meet Emerging Challenges – Summary Report. NOAA Technical Memorandum GLERL-147.
- Sturtevant, R et al. 2007. Chapter 3: Great Lakes: Recent History of Saltwater Vessel Traffic, Delivery of Ballast Water, and the Effect of Ballast Water Exchange on Aquatic Species Invasion. In Report to Congress on the Efficacy of Ballast Water Exchange. NOAA (In Review).
- Cangelosi, R. et. 2006. The Response of Zooplankton and Phytoplankton from the North American Great Lakes to Filtration as a Possible Method to Prevent Ship-Mediated Bioinvaders. Harmful Algae. (In Press)
- Sturtevant, R. 2004. Great Lakes Ecological Forecasting Needs Assessment. NOAA Technical Report TM-131. 60pp.