Mickey Rush

Mickey Rush CV

PhD Candidate

  • Graduate Research Assistant



  • BS: University of Minnesota, 2014
  • MS : University of Colorado, 2018

Contact Information


thermal hydrology, computational modeling

Research Interests

seasonally frozen ground in alpine regions and implications for subsurface flow paths; thermal-hydrologic modeling of the snow-soil interface; environmental education, community outreach, and science communication activities


Michael (Mickey) Rush is a dynamic leader, computational modeler, field scientist, and environmental educator. He brings a balance of technical and scientific expertise, field research experience, and organizational management skills to projects related to environmental sustainability and water resources management. In addition to expertise in Python programming and technical communication in English and Spanish, Mickey has developed skills leading field workshops and developing interdisciplinary collaborations. 

Mickey spent much of his youth portaging canoes, foraging for berries and native plants, and catching and fileting fish throughout northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, where he developed a love for the outdoors and learned that his life's work lies in conserving and managing natural resources. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, he was concerned to learn that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is under threat of contamination by a proposed copper mine nearby. After reading about the groundwater modeling work that precedes such a project, he realized his knowledge of physics could be applied to environmental science. 


  • Fulbright Scholar, J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, 2017
  • CZO-SAVI International Scholar, National Science Foundation Critical Zone Observatories, 2017
  • Dean's Fellow, University of Colorado, 2015
  • Bentson Scholar, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • Presidential Scholar, University of Minnesota, 2010
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