Rick Relyea

David M. Darrin ’40 Senior Endowed Chair; Director, Darrin Fresh Water Institute; Director, Jefferson Project, Biological Sciences

Dr. Relyea completed his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1999 and then spent the next 15 years as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014, he moved his research group to Rensselaer to become the Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute and the Director of The Jefferson Project at Lake George.


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Ph.D., Univ. of Michigan

M.S. Texas Tech Univ.


Research Focus
  • Ecology
  • Disease ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Evolution
  • Animal behavior