Dr. Nicholas Danz

Dr. Nicholas Danz
Dr. Nicholas Danz
Nicholas Danz Dr. Nicholas Danz
Dean, Academic Affairs
office. Swenson Hall 3066-67
University of Wisconsin-Superior


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. 

Professional Background

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.  

Research Interests 

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

Awards & Honors

2017, Wings Across the Americas 2017 Research Partnership Award winner (co-recipient with Niemi et al.)

2016, Partners in Flight, Investigations Award winner (co-recipient with Niemi et al.)

2013, UW-Superior, Distinguished Performance, Excellence in Scholarship award  

2009, US EPA, Honorable Mention (coauthor with Morrice et al. and Trebitz et al.), Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) Competition

2006-2008, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Highly Cited Author Award (coauthor with Reavie et al. 2007)

1997, University of Minnesota Duluth, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant 


2019-present, UW-System Science Education Workgroup, member

2018-present, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Advisory Board member  

2018-present, UW-System OPID Advisory Council, member

2013-present Wisconsin Point Management Plan Implementation Committee, member

2018, International Joint Commission, Stressor Interactions Workgroup, member

2017, Lake Ontario Wetlands Experts, member

2015, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Research Advisory Board member

2015, University of Minnesota Crookston, External tenure reviewer

2011, Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area

2011 Right-of-way Workshop, County Host

2011-2014, St. Louis River Estuary Summit Program Planning Committee, member

2007, Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas ad hoc Technical Committee, member

2003-2008, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Douglas County delegate, Habitat Committee and Air, Water, and Waste Committee member

2003, Society for Conservation Biology, Abstract reviewer

1999-2001, Brule River State Forest master planning citizen group, participant Manuscript referee Ecological Complexity, Ecological Indicators, Ecological Informatics, Environmental Management, Estonian Research Council, Forest Ecology and Management, Geoscience Data Journal, Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Landscape Ecology, Polish Journal of Environmental Studies  

Most Recent Degrees

2009 - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Natural Resources Science and Management - Univeristy of Minnesota - Dissertation/thesis topic: Spatial vegetation-environment relationships and distributional changes in the presettlement Minnesota prairie-forest boundary

1998 - Master of Science (M.S.) - Biology - University of Minnesota Duluth - Dissertation/thesis topic: Influence of Canada yew on population structure of sugar maple and beech  

1993 - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Biology and Broadfield Science Education - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater