Mickey Rush

Mickey Rush

PhD Candidate

  • Graduate Research Assistant



  • BS: University of Minnesota , 2014

Contact Information


Thermal hydrology, groundwater modeling

Research Interests

Impacts of climate change on alpine ecosystems, cryosphere


Michael (Mickey) Rush 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 shocked 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. In addition to modeling, Mickey enjoys leading field workshops and inspiring young naturalists to pursue conservation work. Mickey serves as a volunteer for Boulder Food Rescue and has served as a member of the Boulder Housing Coalition board, CU Restorative Justice community representative, and Shared Paths trail steward. 


  • Fulbright Scholar, J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, 2017
  • Dean's Fellow, University of Colorado, 2015
  • Bentson Scholar, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • Presidential Scholar, University of Minnesota, 2010