Rick Relyea

David M. Darrin ’40 Senior Endowed Chair; Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute and The Jefferson Project (2014-2022)
Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI)

Dr. Relyea completed his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1999 and spent the next 15 years as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014, he moved to Rensselaer to become the Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute and the Director of The Jefferson Project at Lake George. In July 2022, he stepped down from being a director to go on a sabbatical.

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Ph.D., Univ. of Michigan

M.S. Texas Tech Univ.


Focus Area

Ecology, Disease ecology, Ecotoxicology, Evolution, Animal behavior