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Luke Hunt, Ph.D.

Director, Headwaters Conservation

Luke’s area of focus is 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.

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

Favorite River: Stanislaus River