Rochelle Sturtevant

Regional Outreach Specialist


As Regional Outreach Specialist, she serves as the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network’s link to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). She leads the following initiatives:

  • Facilitate information exchange between the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, National Sea Grant, Programs of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and Michigan State University Extension;
  • Development of collaborative extension, communications, and outreach programs that draw upon the Parties’ work and that are directed towards specific Great Lakes stakeholder audiences and/or the general public.

Professional Activities

  • NOAA Invasive Species Program Management Team member
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Research Representative to the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species
  • Sea Grant CoastWatch Development Team
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research, Outreach Committee
  • NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team Communications and Outreach Working Group
  • National Sea Grant Climate Network


  • 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. K. Bunting-Howarth, D. Bergeron, J. Noordyk, and M. Schneemann. (in review) Exploring a new method for exploring “wicked problems” with divergent stakeholder groups. Journal of Extension
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.