John Downing is the Director of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. He is also a professor in UMD’s Department of Biology, and is a member of the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth.
The author of over a 150 academic publications, Downings area of research interest includes the global role of lakes and streams, lake management and restoration, and aquatic ecology.
Downing was awarded his PhD in 1979 from McGill University. He is a founding member of the Itasca Water Legacy Partnership. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, Downing served as a Regent’s Excellence Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University.