Nicholas Danz

Dr. Nicholas

Office: Swenson Hall 3066-67


Having started at UW-Superior in 2008, Dr. Danz is a tenured Professor in Biology who has taught courses related to plants, ecology, and conservation.  After serving a term as Associate Dean, he was appointed Dean of Academic Affairs in 2019.  

In addition to serving on several committees and UW-Superior, Nick has served and provided expertise to a number of organizations and groups, including:

  • Wisconsin Point Management Plan Implementation Committee
  • International Joint Commission
  • Lake Ontario Wetlands Experts
  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • St. Louis River Estuary Summit Program Planning Committee
  • Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas ad hoc Technical Committee
  • Wisconsin Conservation Congress
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Brule River State Forest Master Planning Citizen Group

Nick enjoys spending time outdoors with a hoe or binoculars or wrench or a paddle in hand.  When indoors, he’ll likely have a basketball, cookbook or crossword puzzle nearby. 

Research Interests

Nick studies plants and natural communities of our region, focusing on human influence on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, dunes and forests.


  • 2017 – Research Partnership Award Winner  (co-recipient with Niemi et al.), Wings Across the Americas
  • 2016 – Investigations Award Winner  (co-recipient with Niemi et al.), Partners in Flight
  • 2013 – Distinguished Performance, Excellence in Scholarship Award, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 2009 – Honorable Mention (coauthor with Morrice et al. and Trebitz et al.), Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) Competition, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2008 – Highly Cited Author Award (coauthor with Reavie et al.), Journal of Great Lakes Research
  • 1997 – Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota Duluth 


  • 2009 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Natural Resources Science and Management, University of Minnesota
  • 1998 – Master of Science (M.S.) – Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • 1993 – Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Biology and Broadfield Science Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater