Dr. Randall E. Hicks is a Professor in the Department of Biology and past Director of the Center for Freshwater Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He completed a Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Georgia and did postdoctoral work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Illinois Natural History Survey before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Hicks is an environmental microbiologist who studies the diversity and productivity of aquatic microbial communities, their role in the degradation and transformation of organic compounds, and the survival and virulence of pathogenic microbes in these communities. This work has taken him to the bottom of different great lakes using a manned submersible, to Russia, Africa, and various oceans, but current research efforts in his lab are focused on the North American Great Lakes and watersheds in northern Minnesota. He is the author or coauthor of over 40 scientific journal articles and book chapters. Much of the research conducted in his laboratory has been supported by the Sea Grant College Program, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. EPA. Dr. Hicks is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society for Microbiology, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Ecological Society of America, International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the International Society of Limnology (SIL).
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