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Dr. John Hartig

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Visiting Scholar
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

Phone: 519-253-3000 x 4864
Office:  GLIER 247 C

News Story:  Institute's first grad returns as visiting scholar


Ecological restoration

Transboundary conservaton

Strengthening science-policy linkages


Ph.D. 1985. Limnology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

M.S. 1977. Aquatic Biology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

B.S. 1974. Biology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Academic Positions:

Fulbright Scholar, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 2017-2018

Refuge Manager, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, 2004-2018

River Navigator, Great Detroit American Heritage River Initiative, 1999-2004

Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University, 1992-2002

Environmental Scientist, International Joint Commission, 1985-1999

Research Interests:

Currently leading a research project with the International Association for Great Lakes Research to evaluate what has been achieved and learned through 32 years of remedial action plans to restore Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Currently co-leading a research project with Dr. Jan Ciborowski titled the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Indicator Project that is compiling and analyzing long-term trends for key indicators as part of an effort to perform a comprehensive and integrative assessment of ecosystem health.


Google Scholar



Waterfront Porch: Reclaiming Detroit's Industrial Waterfront as a Gathering Place for All

Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban-Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire

Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home

Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin


Great Lakes Now-Detroit Public TV blog by Dr. John Hartig

Great Lakes Moment - Detroit Public Television

The Nature of Cities

America's Wild Read

Center for Humans and Nature