Rafael Contreras-Rangel

MS (Fisheries & Aquatic Biology)


Research Interest

Conservation & Biodiversity
Invasive Species
Values & Ethics


I am a Master's student in the Conservation Science with a focus on Fisheries and Aquatic Biology. I graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in biology and a concentration in environmental studies. After graduating I started becoming interested in invasive species while doing restoration work for the Natural Area Preservation Division of the City of Ann Arbor. Having been a swimmer my whole life I moved to Minnesota with the hope of transitioning from doing conservation work in a terrestrial system to an aquatic one. While working as an Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist for the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa, I became interested in starry stonewort ecology and management. My research focus is studying the efficacy of chemical control on starry stonewort.