Dr. John Korstad

Dr. John Korstad has been teaching our Lake Ecology and Management course at the Great Lakes Campus during Summer Session II every summer since 1996. He is a professor of biology at Oral Roberts University, where he has taught since 1980.

John was raised in Northern California and attended California Lutheran College at Thousand Oaks where he double majored in biology and geology. He went on to earn an M.S. at California State University and then his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His current research is on developing biofuels from algae. Previously, he conducted aquaculture research in Norway as part of a Fulbright grant and Marshall Fund Award.

I love the whole concept of why Au Sable Institute exists. I appreciate the collegiality that I’ve experienced among brothers and sisters in Christ from various Christian backgrounds. And I am committed to integrating practical, hands-on work that provides close interactions between our course and local lake property homeowners to learn about how they can care for, preserve, and protect their lakes.
— Dr. Korstad