Department: W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation
University System: University of Montana - Missoula
F. Richard (Ric) Hauer, is Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) and Professor of Limnology at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Ric’s research interests encompass the broad interdisciplinary field of ecosystem ecology with a focus on freshwaters, especially running waters and gravel-bed river floodplains and wetlands. He has worked on the Transboundary Watershed of the Flathead River/Lake Ecosystem of British Columbia and Montana for over 40 years, beginning with his Ph.D. research in the mid-‘70s. In addition to his personal research, he has served at the USA national level in developing environmental policy and implementation of environmental assessment in the Clean Water Act working with both the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US EPA. Ric is past-President of the international scientific society “Society for Freshwater Science” and is a “Distinguished Scholar” of the University of Montana. He publishes scientific papers in international journals such as Science, Ecology, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and is the lead Editor of Methods in Stream Ecology, the most widely used book in the field of stream/river ecology worldwide, now entering its 3rd edition.