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Robert Michael McKay

Executive Director and Professor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor

In 2019, Robert Michael McKay joined the University of Windsor where he serves as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and Professor in the School of the Environment. Professor McKay’s research is focused on large lakes where he studies environmental microbiology including harmful algal blooms and aquatic viruses. He holds a PhD from McGill University and has held academic appointments through the US and Canada. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and currently serves as an investigator on research grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.


  • 2019–present
    Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
  • 1997–2018
    Professor, Bowling Green State University
  • 1994–1997
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 1991–1994
    Postdoctoral Scientist, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Humboldt Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung: 2005)