Mickey Rush

Mickey Rush

PhD Candidate

  • Graduate Research Assistant



  • BS: University of Minnesota , 2014

Contact Information


Thermal hydrology, groundwater modeling

Research Interests

Seasonally frozen ground in arctic and alpine regions and implications for subsurface flow paths, hill slope geomorphology, and watershed nitrogen export


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 pursuing international and interdisciplinary colalborations, leading field workshops, and inspiring young naturalists to work in geosciences. Mickey is also passionate about mitigating food waste as a volunteer for Boulder Food Rescue, developing structures that allow folks to live cooperatively, and facilitating restorative conflict mediation. 


  • 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