Dr. John Hartig is trained as a limnologist with 30 years of practical experience in environmental science and natural resource management. He currently serves as refuge manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
and serves on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
From 1999 to 2004 he served as river navigator for the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative established by presidential executive order. Prior to becoming river navigator, he spent 12 years working for the International Joint Commission on the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. John has also been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, where he taught environmental management and sustainable development.
He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on the Great Lakes, including writing one book (Burning Rivers
) and co-editing two others (Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home
and Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin
John has received a number of awards for his work, including a 2010 Green Leaders Award from the Detroit Free Press; a 2005 White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation Award for Outstanding Leadership and Collaboration in the Great Lakes; the 2003 Anderson-Everett Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research; and the 1993 Sustainable Development Award for Civic Leadership from Global Tomorrow Coalition.