Erin Dreelin, Ph.D.

Erin Dreelin

Assistant Professor; Associate Director; Center for Water Sciences

301 Manly Miles


Area of Expertise: Stormwater management; urbanization; stream ecology

Dr. Dreelin’s Website


Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia
M.S., Biology, Old Dominion University
B.S., Biology, Villanova University


I am the Associate Director for the Center for Water Sciences and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. I received my PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2004 where I began my work on the development and implementation of innovative stormwater management practices and policies to protect aquatic ecosystems. My work places a strong emphasis on outreach and engagement. I work with diverse stakeholder groups to implement strategies that protect aquatic ecosystems and maintain valuable ecosystem services.

As Associate Director of the Center for Water Sciences, I facilitate collaborations among MSU faculty working on water. I also assist with the organization of the MSU Global Water Initiative. MSU established the Global Water Initiative to advance innovative science that addresses the most important water problems facing society around the globe.

Research Interests

Courses Taught

Great Lakes Biology and Management, FW 207
FW 207 Syllabus Fall 2013

Water Policy and Management, FW 868
FW 868 Syllabus Fall 2013

Affiliated Pages

Center for Water Sciences
MSU Global Water Initiative

Selected Publications

Latimore, J. A.,  E. A. Dreelin, and J. P. Burroughs. In Press. Outreach and engagement education for graduate students in natural resources: Developing a course to enrich a graduate outreach requirement. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Mavrommati, G., M. M. Baustian, and E. A. Dreelin. 2014. Coupling socioeconomic and lake systems for sustainability: a conceptual analysis using Lake St. Clair Region as a case study. Ambio 43(3): 275–287. DOI 10.1007/s13280-013-0432-4.

Baustian, M. M., G. Mavrommati, E. A. Dreelin, P. Esselman, S.R. Schultze, L. Qian, T.G. Aw, L. Luo, and J. B. Rose. 2014. A one hundred year review of the socioeconomic and ecological systems of Lake St. Clair, North America. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40(1): 15-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2013.11.006

Aslan, A., J. Kinzelman, E. Dreelin, T. Anan’eva, and J. Lavender. 2013. A Guidance Document for Testing Recreational Waters Using EPA qPCR Method 1611.

Available online at

Dreelin, E. A. and J. B. Rose. 2008. Creating a dialogue for effective collaborative decision-making: a case study with Michigan stakeholders.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 34:12-22.

Rose, J.B. and E. A. Dreelin, editors. 2008. Effective Cross-Border Monitoring Systems for Waterborne Microbial Pathogens: A Plan for Action. IWA Publishing, London, UK.