Au Sable Faculty Research Mentors


Fred VanDyke, PhD

Fred Van Dyke is Au Sable Institute's Executive Director. Fred received his Ph.D. in environmental and forest biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York-Syracuse. He has served as a wildlife biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a scientific and management consultant to the National Park Service, and an ex officio member of numerous interdisciplinary management teams in the U.S. Forest Service. His studies of wildlife ecology, plant ecology and fire ecology have been published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, The Wildlife Society Bulletin, Journal of Mammalogy, The American Biology Teacher, and in the books, The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Redefining American Wilderness Heritage (Yale University Press 1991) and The Complete Book of North American Mammals (Smithsonian Institute Press 1998). Fred is the author of the widely and internationally used textbook, Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications (Springer 2008).


Brian Keas, PhD

Brian Keas is the Director of Educational Development at the Au Sable Institute. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University studying the conservation of Lake Huron coastal wetlands in the Les Cheneaux area of the eastern Upper Penninsula and his M.S. from Wake Forest University studying aquatic host-parasite relationships. While at Ohio Northern University, he mentored student research projects in aquatic ecology, parasite ecology, forensic entymology, and marine biology. His studies in wetland ecology and parasite ecology have been published in Wetlands, Journal of Parasitology, Landscape Ecology, and Landscape Online. He co-authored the synthesis of the Les Cheneaux coastal wetland ecosystem.