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Chair of Natural Sciences Division, Associate Professor of Biology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mercury Contamination in the San Francisco Bay Delta Ecosystem
  • Mercury Dynamics at the Base of Aquatic Food Webs
  • Environmental/Cultural Tour of the Republic of Kiribati in the Central Pacific
  • Contamination of Lake Baiyangdian, China
  • Conducting a Research Driven Tropical Biology Course
  • Ecotoxicology
  • General Environment Issues
  • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Experience in Central Pacific
  • General Issues Related to Climate
  • Tropical Biology/Lakeland's Course in Belize
  • Local Agriculture/Food Movements and Personal Gardening
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Invertebrate Biology


Pickhardt, who holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth and a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison, has been a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006 and is Lakeland's Natural Sciences Division chair. A driving force behind the Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), Pickhardt was named Lakeland's winner of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2011. His LURE students have gone on to participate in funded graduate programs to pursue their doctorate degrees at the Michigan Technological University, Rutgers University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An aquatic ecologist with strong field work background, Paul has published and presented extensively on this work. His area of expertise centers around the interactions of trace elements and contaminants – specifically mercury – on the biota at the base of aquatic food webs. Pickhardt partnered with fellow biology faculty member Greg Smith to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, and Pickhardt's dedication to environmental issues resulted in the college's participation in Focus the Nation to raise awareness about climate change. Paul currently serves as Lakeland's representative to the Ellwood H. May (Maywood) Environmental Park's advisory board and he is an active steering committee member for the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE).


B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Dartmouth College


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