COSEE Great Lakes Activity Centers

About Our Crew

Dr. Rosanne W. Fortner

Director, COSEE Great Lakes

General program information, overall calendar, collaborative opportunities, COSEE Network interactions


Dr. Rosanne W. Fortner, COSEE Great Lakes Director, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University and Ohio Sea Grant Education Coordinator. She is a Past President of the National Marine Educators Association, and her experience includes middle school science teaching, teacher education and science education research. She is the author of 12 books of curriculum for Great Lakes and Earth Systems Education . Rosanne currently teaches on-line and Stone Laboratory courses in Great Lakes topics. Earth Systems and biology background; EdD science education.

113 Paula Circle
Oak Island, NC 28465
Phone: 910-278-6754
Cell: 614-581-7684

Helen Domske

New York Sea Grant

Teacher enhancement program information; Lake Ontario events and opportunities


Helen Domske is the Coastal Education Specialist for New York Sea Grant and Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program, SUNY at Buffalo. She has expertise in alien species, avian botulism, and coral reef ecology. Her experience extends over 25 years of marine/aquatic teacher education and curriculum development, and includes aquarium education for 15 years. Helen teaches undergraduate courses in Great Lakes Ecology and Aquarium Science, and a graduate course for teachers on Tropical Marine Ecology. MS Education.

204 Jarvis Hall, SUNY at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Phone: 716-645-3610
Fax: 716-645-3612

Marti Martz

Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Informal education program information; Lake Erie events and opportunities


Marti Martz is a Coastal Outreach Specialist for Pennsylvania Sea Grant . Her areas of specialization are shoreline erosion and invasive species, especially plants. She joined the COSEE Great Lakes crew in 2006 and is responsible for Lake Erie events and informal education efforts. BS Environmental Studies.

301 Penninsula Dr. Suite #3
Erie, PA 16505
Phone: 814-217-9015

Steve Stewart

Michigan Sea Grant

Coastwatch/GLOS education; Lake Huron events and opportunities


Steve Stewart is District Extension Sea Grant Educator for the Michigan Sea Grant College Program at Michigan State University. He developed/directs the Great Lakes Education Program, a schoolship/classroom program involving ~200 classes and 25 school districts/year, and Michigan Sea Grant’s Summer Discovery Cruise series. He also helped develop and works with the annual Great Lakes/Natural Resources camp on Lake Huron, conducts exotic species teacher training, and works with the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Steve is the education representative on the GLOS Steering Committee. MS, Marine Resources Mgmt.

21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036-1030
Phone: 586-469-7431
Fax: 586-469-6948

Robin Goettel

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Fresh and salt curriculum; Lake Michigan events and opportunities


Robin Goettel is the Associate Director for Education for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant . She has coordinated four award-winning collaborative national and regional curriculum projects on aquatic invasive species. She is involved in a regional collaboration for fish consumption education and outreach and oversees the development of a nationally-focused education Web site featuring classroom activities on aquatic invaders. A strong focus is teacher professional development, encompassing school-university-community partnerships that engage students in service-learning activities. EdM Curriculum & Instruction.

University of Illinois
368 NSRC, MC 635
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-9448
Fax: 217-333-8046

Terri Hallesy

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Fresh and salt curriculum


Terri Hallesy is the Education Specialist for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant . She co-teaches educator workshops on aquatic invasive species and fish consumption and facilitates the development of community stewardship projects. A primary role has been working with teachers to update curriculum activities on Nab the Aquatic Invader site. BS Elementary Education.

University of Illinois
336 NSRC, MC-635
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-244-8809

Dr. James Lubner

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Native American outreach; Lake Superior events and opportunities


Dr. Jim Lubner is the Education Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute , working from an office at Milwaukee’s Great Lakes WATER Institute . With adjunct appointments in UW-Milwaukee’s Geosciences Department and Department of Curriculum and Instruction, he teaches a Marine Science at Sea course for undergraduates and an Environmental Education course for pre-service teachers. He also works with Wisconsin teachers and students through the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and Project JASON. Jim is a former middle school teacher and has been involved in informal and teacher education since 1978. PhD Biological Sciences.

600 East Greenfield Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204-2944
Phone: 414-227-3291
Fax: 414-382-1705

Dr. Bruce Munson

University of Minnesota Duluth

Internet development and online learning coordination


Dr. Bruce Munson is Department Head, Education, at the University of Minnesota Duluth . He was principal investigator and coordinates the NSF projects for Water on the Web (WOW) and Training Water Science Technicians. Bruce teaches pre-service science teacher education, graduate courses in science education and environmental education, and has conducted a Pathfinder workshop. PhD Science education.

120 Montague Hall
University of Minnesota Duluth
10 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-6324
Fax: 218-726-7008

Dr. Jim Diana

Michigan Sea Grant

COSEE Great Lakes Prinicpal Investigator


Dr. Jim Diana joined Michigan Sea Grant in March 2009. As Director for Michigan Sea Grant, Diana is involved in leading the statewide program in its research, education and outreach efforts on critical Great Lakes issues, such as sustainable coastal development, fisheries, and other issues.

G128a Samuel T. Dana Building
440 Church St.
Michigan Sea Grant
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
Phone: 734-763-5834
Fax: 734-647-0768

Dr. Rochelle Sturtevant


Research scientist interactions


Dr. Rochelle Sturtevant is the Extension Educator for the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. She has Great Lakes expertise in invasive species, fisheries, the microbial food web and policy. Her experience includes 5 years with the U.S. Great Lakes Congressional Task Force and 5 years as liaison between NOAA-GLERL and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. PhD Systems Ecology.

2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-741-2287
Fax: 734-741-2055

Dr. Howard Walters

Ashland University, Ohio

Program and process evaluation


Dr. Howard Walters, Project Evaluator, is an Associate Professor in the new PhD program at Ashland's Schar College of Education, where he teaches research design and statistics. With degrees in marine science education, curriculum and instruction, and elementary education, he fills COSEE Great Lakes' need to bring research rigor and professional publication opportunities into our evaluation efforts. Dr. Walters is well known for his research with the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, the College of Exploration, and informal science education facilities.

Schar College of Education
401 College Ave.
Ashland University
Ashland, Ohio 44805 Phone: 419-289-5357

Cindy Hagley

Minnesota Sea Grant

Teacher education and materials for Lake Superior


Cindy Hagley is the Environmental Quality Extension Educator for Minnesota Sea Grant . She has expertise in lake, stream, and wetland ecology, coastal land use impacts on water quality, and web-based educational materials design. She has nearly 25 years of research, outreach, and teacher education experience related to aquatic ecology and water quality and has been focusing her work on the Great Lakes for the last 14 years. MS Aquatic Ecology/Limnology.

2305 East Fifth Street
208 Washburn Hall
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-8713
Fax: 218-726-6556

Chris Benson

Minnesota Sea Grant

Website design and development


Chris Benson is the Communication Designer for Minnesota Sea Grant . He has more than 10 years of experience designing and developing websites and web applications. Nature photographer. BA Management Information Systems.

144 Chester Park
31 West College Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-6840
Fax: 218-726-6556

COSEE Great Lakes crew members work together on all program components, but we have “distributed leadership,” with crew members designated as coordinators for distinct program elements and activity sites. Click map for state leaders; more information about the crew is below the map.

In the Spotlight:

Dr. Donald Scavia
Principal Investigator
COSEE Great Lakes