Dr. John Hartig is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. His interdisciplinary research focuses on 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 140 publications on the environment, including eight books: Great Lakes Champions; Rouge River Revived; 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 140 publications on the environment.
In addition to scientific publications, John has published eight books: Great Lakes Champions; Rouge River Revived; 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.
Great Lakes Champions - St. Philip Lutheran Church, Trenton, MI - Jan. 23, 2023
The Ecosystem Approach in the 21st Century: Guiding Science and Management - February 15, 2023 - noon
Bringing Conservation to Cities - Monroe County Community College - March 8, 2023 - 7 PM
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
Creative nonfiction author working to
inspire the next generation of conservationists and sustainability entrepreneurs in cities because that is where most people live!
Great Lakes Champions
Rouge River Revived
Ecosystem-Based Management of Laurentian Great Lakes Areas of Concern
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