Dr. John Rueter earned his SM from MIT in 1977 and went on to complete his PhD at MIT two years later. His research interests include physiological ecology of phytoplankton in lakes and oceans, light regulation and photoinhibition of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, and technology in education.
Dr. Rueter has recently returned to the ESM faculty after serving as Director for The School of the Environment for three years. During his time as Director he expanded the Doctoral program to over forty students from Geology, Geography, Environmental Sciences & Management, Anthropology, Economics, and other departments. He also oversaw the unveiling of the new title for the doctoral degree, "Earth, Environment, & Society," and the joining of the School by the Systems Science graduate program.