January 7, 2015

Luke SkinnerLuke Skinner, Dept of Entomology  adjunct assistant professor and deputy director for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division, was promoted to director of the Ecological and Water Resources Division, replacing Steve Hirsch who retired.

Skinner has 24 years of DNR experience in roles ranging from natural resources specialist to supervisor. Most of his DNR career has been spent in the Ecological and Water Resources Division working in the invasive species program, including six years as unit supervisor.

For the last 2 ½ years, he has been deputy director of the Parks and Trails Division, managing strategic direction, operations, policy, and a $110 million annual budget. In his new position, Skinner will oversee land use and water permitting programs; environmental inventories and monitoring programs; environmental review and dam safety; the nongame wildlife, invasive species and scientific and natural areas programs; and several other units.

Skinner earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a doctorate in entomology from the University of Minnesota, where he has been an adjunct assistant professor since 2006. Congrats Luke!

Luke Skinner promoted to director of the Ecological and Water Resources Division