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New Director Hired

Carl Richards

Carl Richards

Christine Maziar, vice president for research and dean of the University of Minnesota graduate school, and Kathryn A. Martin, Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth, are pleased to announce that Carl Richards, an aquatic ecologist, has accepted the position of director for the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. Concurrently, Richards has become a professor in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s biology department.

Richards is moving from his position as a senior research associate with the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute, where he led Sea Grant studies on Eurasian ruffe ecology and identifying potential sites for reintroducing coaster brook trout into Lake Superior streams. Richards’ other research projects investigate how the landscape influences arctic lakes, the ecology of Midwestern streams, and how sediment toxins and contaminants affect bottom-dwelling creatures in the St. Louis River.

As director and professor, Richards will guide the statewide, national, and international research, outreach, and communications of Minnesota Sea Grant. Richards earned a doctorate in aquatic ecology from Idaho State University, a master’s degree in biology from California State University-Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Richards is a member of the American Fisheries Society, the North American Benthological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

By Sea Grant Staff
September 1999

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