Paul Drevnick, discussing his research with Inuit students in 2013

Biological Station Welcomes Dr. Paul Drevnick

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Paul Drevnick, an aquatic ecologist who will join the Biological Station and the School of Natural Resources as an Assistant Research Scientist on March 14 of this year.  We thank the LSA Deans' Office, SNRE Dean Marie Lynn Miranda and members of the SNRE faculty for partnering with us to create this position and recruit Paul. He joins Assistant Research Scientist Luke Nave (UMBS and the LSA Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) as the second of three research faculty positions we are seeking to develop as joint appointments between UMBS and other UM units.  Our aim is to increase research capacity by bringing science expertise in terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems to the Biological Station and partnering units across campus. You will have a chance to meet Paul at the UMBS 3rd Annual Winter Research Meeting (Feb 21 & 22 in Ann Arbor at the Michigan League).  If you can't make our Winter Research Meeting, Paul's Ann Arbor office will be in SNRE's Dana Building and his Pellston office and lab will be located in the Alfred H. Stockard Lakeside Laboratory on the Biological Station campus.  We encourage you to drop by and visit him on campus or at the Biological Station.

Paul Drevnick is broadly trained in the aquatic sciences:  limnology, aquatic ecotoxicology, fish biology, etc.  His passion for our freshwater resources is so great that it was a compromise to name his first-born son Henry Lake (Paul wanted it the other way around).  Paul is originally from Minnesota “out on the edge of the prairie” and gained an appreciation for lakes through annual summer vacations to the north shore of Lake Superior.  It was side trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where signs warned of mercury-polluted fish in “pristine” lakes, that piqued Paul’s interested in environmental chemistry and biology.  Paul was educated at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin system, Miami (OH) University, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  His PhD research focused on mercury-sulfur interactions in inland lakes of the Great Lakes, with field work in Michigan at Isle Royale National Park and Douglas Lake at UMBS.  Most recently, Paul has been an assistant professor at a water sciences institute of the Université du Québec, where he has led research and monitoring in lakes in the High Arctic to document warming-induced changes in ice cover and water temperature and resultant effects on biogeochemical processes, especially in reference to uses (drinking water, fish) by local Inuit.  Paul is ecstatic to be moving to the vibrant academic community of U-M, at the heart of the Great Lakes, in a capacity that will allow him to contribute to solving water problems.