John A. Downing

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Professional Title
Director

Biography

  • Limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, fisheries, lake management and restoration, eutrophication, harmful algae blooms, groundwater, biodiversity, endangered species, carbon cycling, global role of lakes and streams
  • Research, education and science policy
  • Professor, Department of Biology and with Large Lakes Observatory (UMD)
  • Immediate past chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents
  • Immediate past president, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

Publications

Videos

MNSG Leadership

  • Director

Education

Ph.D. - Biology
McGill University
M.S. - Zoology
North Dakota State University
B.S. - Biology
Hamline University

Earth's Eye: Director's Column

Plate ice, cracked ice, and refrozen plate ice on a Minnesota lake. Image credit: John A. Downing.

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Outreach Projects

The Aquaculture Market Study is a three-year (2020-2023), $250,000 project led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program that was crea

Minnesota Sea Grant supports the Habitattitude, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!, and CD3 campaigns to slow and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC) is a three-year (2019-2022) project to create a regionwide group to foster relevant, science-based initiatives that support aquaculture industries.

History, prevention, kits, rescue, field treatment and more about hypothermia.

Media Mentions

News Releases

This is one of several food-fish aquaculture projects led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program.

Duluth, Minnesota - Great Lakes states are not keeping pace with increases in consumer demand for fish and seafood, which is contributing to a