Luke Hunt, Ph.D.

Director, Headwaters Conservation

Sierra Meadow Restoration and Low Impact Development

Luke joined American Rivers in 2010.  He leads American Rivers’ meadow restoration and headwaters conservation efforts in California. Prior to American Rivers, Luke helped start an innovation and engineering design group. He also worked on the antifreeze proteins found in Antarctic fish (including 100 under-ice scuba dives), and on habitat change in the Columbia River basin (including countless kayak surveys of the steeper tributaries). Luke has a Ph.D. in biomechanics and ecology from Stanford, where his dissertation focused on the nonlinear ecology of sea-level rise and climate change. Luke loves critically relevant science, testing strategies and stretching molds.

B.S. & M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University
Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University.

Stanislaus River


Blog Posts By This Author

Fly Fishing ca 200 AD

Over lunch I was refueling my enthusiasm for our work by leafing through Trout of the World. In it, I found this first account of fly fishing — in Greece around 200 AD, quoted from Claudius Aelianus: “Between the cities of Beroe and Thessalonica flows… Read more »

Owl Moon Near the Tuolumne River

Great Gray Owl | Joe Medley, US Forest Service Somehow I heard it take flight as we stepped from the wet brush into the autumn meadow. It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving and I had enlisted my dad, son Jake, and a dear friend to help survey two tw… Read more »