Gerald Niemi

Gerald Niemi photo
Professional Title
Professor Emeritus


  • B.S., 1974, University of Minnesota, Biology
  • M.S., 1977, University of Minnesota, Zoology
  • Ph.D., 1983, Florida State University Biology

Curriculum Vitae

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Niemi retired as a professor in the Department of Biology in 2019. He also was former director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the Natural Resources Research Institute, UMD, from 1988- 2008, Jerry supervised 35 graduate students during his tenure and held graduate appointments in Integrated Biological Sciences at UMD and the Conservation Biology program at the UM-Twin Cities. He no longer is accepting any graduate students


Jerry maintained an active research program focusing on birds, the loss of biological diversity, Great Lakes ecosystems, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and sustainable natural resources development.  He has continued to work with many of his colleagues and former graduate students on publications and frequently consults with them on active research projects.

Recently Completed Ph.D. and Master of Science Theses

  • Lisa Elliott, Ph.D.-2019, Habitat associations and conservation of wetland-obligate birds
  • Ryan Steiner, MS- 2019, Phenological shifts of raptor migration
  • Steve Kolbe, MS-2018, Common Nighthawk in Minnesota