John H. Hartig, PhD

Board Member, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Visiting Scholar, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor

Great Lakes Science-Policy Advisor, International Association for Great Lakes Research

Dr. John H. Hartig is an award-wining Great Lakes scientist. He was a 2017–18 Fulbright Scholar at Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario where his focus was multi-disciplinary research on clean-up of the Great Lakes.   He currently serves as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Windsor's Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and the Great Lakes Science-Policy Advisor for the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

For the 14 years prior, John served as Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.  He is trained as a limnologist with 30 years of experience in Great Lakes science.    

He has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2017 Community Peacemaker Award from Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, the 2016 Edward G. Voss Conservation Science Award from Michigan Nature Association, the 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association and the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. 

He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on the environment, including four books: 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 most recent book titled Bringing Conservation to Cities won a Gold Medal from the Nonfiction Authors Association in the "Sustainable Living" category and a bronze medal from the Living Now Book Awards in the "Green Living" category.  His new book, Waterfront Porch – Reclaiming Detroit’s Industrial Waterfront as a Gathering Place for All, is due for release on April 1, 2019.