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Environmental & Science Advisory Committee
F. Richard Hauer, Environmental Science Advisory Committee
RAF’s Environmental Science Advisory Committee is led by F. Richard “Ric” Hauer, Professor of Limnology at Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) and the University of Montana in Missoula.
Ric joined the faculty of UM in 1986 and has conducted ecological and environmental research in the mountain regions of North and South America from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and Chile. He specializes in the fields of stream and river ecology, which spans a broad array of subdisciplines such as geomorphology, hydrology, nutrient cycling, bioenergetics, energy flow through food webs, and population and community ecology.
Ric has taught Stream Ecology at FLBS since 1983 and has authored over 100 scientific articles appearing in international journals. He is the lead author/editor of the book Methods in Stream Ecology (1996, 2006), the most extensively used textbook in the topic of stream and river ecology worldwide.
Hauer is also a pilot holding a commercial SEL and flies a Cessna 185 for pleasure and business. His pursuit of sound science enhances RAF credibility and his passion for flying into the backcountry motivates him to add his expertise to the RAF mission.
Andy Turner, Environmental Science Advisory Committee
Filling out the scientific team is Andy Turner who was introduced to aviation with his first flight at two weeks of age in the rear seat of his parent’s Tripacer. He earned degrees in Biology and Zoology at Wittenberg University, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University before moving to Florida to conduct research in the Everglades. In 1997 he moved to Clarion, PA and began his present job as a professor at Clarion University.
His research is broadly focused on the community and ecosystem ecology of lakes and streams. He teaches courses in Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Limnology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Issues.
A 25-year pilot, he has logged over 2,000 hours. Much of his flying involves finding out-of-the-way airstrips to camp and access remote areas. Turner family vacations involve exploring new landscapes in their Cessna 172. Summer flights may take the family to the backcountry of Montana and Idaho; winter vacations take them to the coastal Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.
Turner is currently building an RV-10 to haul his family across the country. His wife Sharon is an astronomer on the faculty at Clarion, and together they are the proud parents of two-year-old twins Joshua and Caleb. Turner is excited to have the opportunity to combine his two greatest passions, the outdoors and flying, by working with the RAF.