Dr. John Hartig is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. The focus of his multi-disciplinary research is cleanup of the most polluted areas of Great Lakes. John also serves as the chair of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan's Great Lakes Way Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
John Hartig serves as a Visiting Scholar at University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. For 14 years he served as Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. John has received numerous awards for his work, including a 2022 Michigan Notable Leader in Sustainability from Carin's Detroit Business, a 2018 Honor Award for Meritorious Service from U.S. Department of Interior, the 2017 Community Peacemaker Award from Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on the environment, including six books: Ecosystem-Based Management of Laurentian Great Lakes Areas of Concern; Waterfront Porch; Bringing Conservation to Cities; Burning Rivers; Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home; and Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin. John’s recent book titled Waterfront Porch won a 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the “nature/environment” category.
John has authored and co-authored over 100 publications on the environment.
In addition to scientific publications, John has published six books: Ecosystem-Based Management of Laurentian Great Lakes Areas of Concern;Waterfront Porch; Bringing Conservation to Cities; Burning Rivers; Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home; and Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin.
Opening the conversation on bringing conservation to cities, ecosystem-based management, and accelerating the sustainability transition.
Dr. Hartig is trained as a limnologist with 30 years of experience in ecosystem-based management and conservation. His particular interest is linking science with policy/management. He is currently leading a Canada-U.S. project on evaluating what has been achieved and learned from 35 years of restoring the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes - Areas of Concern.
Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting - State of the Strait Conferences: Lessons from 24 Years of Advancing Ecosystem-Based Management - Grand Rapids, MI - May 16, 2022
Viking Octantis - Bringing Conservation to Cities - June 13, 2022
Detroit Audubon - The Great Lakes Way - July 19, 2022
Great Lakes Now
John writes a monthly blog titled Great Lakes Moment for Detroit Public Television's Great Lakes Now
The Nature of Cities
The Center for Humans and Nature
Great Lakes scientist, Fulbright Scholar, author, and conservationist working to accelerate the sustainability transition
Ecosystem-Based Management of Laurentian Great Lakes Areas of Concern
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