Renee Richer

Renee Richer

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences

750 West Bay Shore Street
Marinette, WI 54143-4253
(715) 735-4300 x4326
Office Hours / Schedule 

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 10 -11


Bio 180, lecture MWF 11-11:50


Dr. Renee Richer joined UW-Marinette in August 2014 from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar where she taught general biology as associate professor for 8 years. Dr. Richer received her BA in biology from the University of Chicago and her PhD in biology from Harvard University in 2004. Prior to her work in Qatar, Dr. Richer was Director of the Environmental Conservation and Research Center of the American University of Armenia. There she taught environmental science and ecological economics. Her work with bird life in Armenia was recognized by the Whitley Award, the UK's largest conservation award. Her current work focuses on the intersection of biological processes, conservation and sustainable development.

Curriculum Vitae 


2017  Chatziefthimiou, A. D., Deitch, E. J., Glover, W. B., Powell, J. T., Banack, S. A., Richer, R. A., ... & Metcalf, J. S. (2017). Analysis of Neurotoxic Amino Acids from Marine Waters, Microbial Mats, and Seafood Destined for Human Consumption in the Arabian Gulf. Neurotoxicity Research, 1-10.

2016 Majid, S. A., Graw, M. F., Chatziefthimiou, A. D., Nguyen, H., Richer, R., Louge, M., ... & Hay, A. G. Microbial Characterization of Qatari Barchan Sand Dunes. PloS one11(9).

2016  Chatziefthimiou, A. D., Metcalf, J. S., Glover, W. B., Banack, S. A., Dargham, S. R., & Richer, R. A. Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins are present in drinking water impoundments and groundwater wells in desert environments. Toxicon114, 75-84. 

2015 Richer, R. A. Industrial growth and anthropogenic pollutants in arid and hyper-arid environments. Journal of Arid Environments, 112, 145-146.2014

2015 Metcalf, J. S., Banack, S. A., Richer, R., & Cox, P. A. (2015). Neurotoxic amino acids and their isomers in desert environments. Journal of Arid Environments, 112, 140-144.

2015 Richer, R., Banack, S. A., Metcalf, J. S., & Cox, P. A. (2015). The persistence of cyanobacterial toxins in desert soils. Journal of Arid Environments, 112, 134-139.

2014 Chatziefthimiou, A. D., Richer, R., Rowles, H., Powell, J. T., & Metcalf, J. S. (2014). Cyanotoxins as a potential cause of dog poisonings in desert envrionments. Veterinary Record, 174(19), 484-485.

2014 Renee A. Richer. (2014). Sustainable development in Qatar: Challenges and opportunities. QScience Connect: Vol. 2014 1, 22.

2014Dan Cogălniceanu, Aurora M Castilla, Aitor Valdeón, Alberto Gosá, Noora Al-Jaidah, Ali Alkuwary, Essam O. H. Saifelnasr, Paloma Mas, Renee Richer, Ahmad Amer Mohd Al-Hemaidi . A preliminary report on the distribution of lizards in Qatar. ZooKeys 373 (2014) : 67-91

2013 Aitor Valdeón, Aurora M. Castilla, Dan Cogălniceanu. Alberto Gosá, Ali Alkuwary, E O H Saifelnasr, Elsa Naumann, Paloma Mas-Peinado, Renee Richer, Ahmad Amer Mohd Al-Hemaidi On the presence and distribution of the Gulf sand gecko, Pseudoceramodactylus khobarensis Haas, 1957 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) in Qatar QScience Connect: Vol. 2013, 34.

2013Louge, M. Y., A. Valance, A. Ould el-Moctar, J. Xu, A. G. Hay, and R. Richer, Temperature and humidity within a mobile barchan sand dune, implications for microbial survival, J. Geophys. Res. 118: 4, 2392–2405

2012J.S. Metcalf, R. Richer, P.A. Cox and G.A. Codd. Cyanotoxins in desert environments may present a risk to human health. Sci. Total Env. 421-422: 118–123

2012 R. Richer, D. Anchassi, I. El-Assaad, M. El-Matbouly, F. Ali, I. Makki and J.S. Metcalf.Variation in the coverage of biological soil crusts in the State of Qatar J. Arid Env. 78: 187-190

2011A.M.Castilla AM, R. Richer, A. Herrel, A. Conkey, J. Tribuna and M. Al-Thani. First evidence of scavenging behaviour in the herbivorous lizard Uromastyx aegyptia microlepis. J. Arid Env. 75: 671-673

2009 P.A. Cox, R. Richer, J.S. Metcalf, S.A. Banack, G.A. Codd, and W.G. Bradley. Cyanobacteria and BMAA Exposure from Desert Dust—a Possible Link to Sporadic ALS among Gulf War Veterans. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 10:S2, 109-117

2008 R. Richer. Carbohydrate Manipulation and Leaf Phenology in Brachystegia spiciformis Afr. J. Ecol.46(1): 88-95

2008 R. Richer. Leaf Phenology and Carbon Dynamics in Six Leguminous Trees Afr. J. Ecol. 46(1): 556-564

2004 P.B. Tomlinson, J.B. Fisher, R.E. Spangler, and R.A. Richer. Stem Vascular Architecture in the Rattan Palm Calamus (Arecaceae-Calamoideae- Calaminae) Amer. J. Bot 88(5): 797-809

1997 R. Richer, I. Coulson and M. Heath. Foraging Behaviour and Ecology of the Cape Pangolin (Manis temminckii) in Northwestern Zimbabwe. Afr. J. Ecol. 35:361-369



University of Chicago 1994 BA with Honors

Harvard University 2004 PhD in biological sciences