Rick DamstraAquatic Ecologist
Rick holds a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University and completed his M.S. in Conservation Biology at Central Michigan University, studying habitat use and population dynamics of lake sturgeon. After working for state and tribal agencies, Rick was hired by the network in 2009 to work at Isle Royale as a lake specialist. After five years, he transitioned into the river specialist position, working primarily at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Rick’s research interests are continuous data and the relationships between water quality and the physical environment of the water body, as determined by flow in rivers and thermal stratification in lakes. In his spare time, Rick enjoys spending time with his family and is a dilettante in many sports, including fishing, distance running, and both alpine and Nordic skiing.