Lucas Hart completed his doctoral studies in physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and thereafter, transitioned into the world of marine research. His introduction to the marine field came as a visiting scientist at Hopkins Marine Station. In his time at Hopkins, he worked on studies aimed at understanding how blue fin tuna and steelhead trout cardiac (heart) gene expression is linked to water temperature. Lucas then spent six years as a biologist at U.S. Geological Survey investigating marine pathogens, their impacts on forage fish and salmonids and the role of water temperature in fish-pathogen interactions. As a volunteer, Lucas has performed campaign outreach to both businesses and the public, assisted in citizen science and most recently, served as Vice Chair and Kelp Monitoring Lead for the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee. He joined the Commission as Marine Program Manager, and was appointed as Director in April 2018.