Water Resource CenterPage address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/wrc/people/staff_fisher.html
WRC Director; Minnesota River Board Executive Director, Associate Professor of biology
B.S. Northland College (1994)
M.S. South Dakota State University (1996)
Ph.D.South Dakota State University (1999)
He was an Environmental Review Ecologist and Fisheries Biologist for the MN DNR for 5 years before starting with the Water Resources Center in April 2005. In addition to his WRC duties, he serves as the Executive Director for the Minnesota River Board (MRB) and as an Associate Professor of Biology, teaching Lake Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Research Methods, and Fisheries Assessment and Ecology.
In his collective capacity, Dr. Fisher provides administrative support to the WRC/MRB staff, leads a delegation of local officials working to improve water quality in the Minnesota River Basin, advises student researchers, maintains stakeholder relations, instructs courses, coordinates conferences, and lobbies policymakers. These activities focus on the WRC/MRB mission to collect and disseminate water quality, watershed, and aquatic ecology information – with an emphasis on engaging students and educating our regional community.
Dr. Fisher’s research interests include water quality impacts on stream and lake biota, riverine and fisheries ecology, impaired waters restoration, agricultural drainage, and shallow lakes management. Dr. Fisher is pleased to be involved with undergraduate and graduate students to prepare them for future positions in watershed, fisheries, and water quality work – in collaboration with the Department s of Biology, Chemistry and Geology, Geography, and Civil Engineering.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Water Resources Center
184 Trafton Science Center South, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5492 — Fax: 507-389-5493
Minnesota River Basin Data Center website