Dr. John Korstad

Dr. John Korstad

Professor of Biology

Born into a family of educators, it was only natural that Dr. John Korstad follow in his ancestors' footsteps and become a professor. John was raised in Northern California and attended California Lutheran College at Thousand Oaks. While he was taking a double major in biology and geology, John found himself profoundly influenced by his professors of faith. The training he received there had a definite spiritual impact on his life.

 He earned an M.S. at California State University and then went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to receive his Ph.D. During his third year at Michigan, he contracted hepatitis from infected food, and while recuperating at home one Sunday, he heard Oral Roberts preach on TV. His words planted a seed and in 1980 Dr. Korstad came to ORU as an assistant professor of biology. Since then, he has completed numerous research projects, published extensive articles, been the recipient of many academic awards and presented his ideas at a variety of conferences. He also has completed three sabbaticals, two doing aquaculture research in Norway, and in 2009 a research project on developing biofuels from algae.  Every summer Dr. Korstad teaches Limnology at the Au Sable Environmental Institute in Northern Michigan, and every two years he teaches a marine ecology class with the lab portion conducted somewhere in the Caribbean.

Dr. Korstad and his wife, Sally, have four daughters, all of whom have attended ORU. Two of his son-in-laws are also ORU graduates. The family enjoys traveling, fishing, hiking and scuba diving.

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.S., University of Michigan
M.S., California State University at Haywood
B.A., California Lutheran College at Thousand Oaks
B.S., California Lutheran College at Thousand Oaks

Curriculum Vita

John Korstad's Professional Activities  

Professional Activities

PDF Copies of My Publications  



Academic Awards & Grants

  • Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Oklahoma — 1996
  • Ruth Swearingen Outstanding Faculty Award for all Schools — 1999-2000
  • NTNF (Norwegian Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship — 1987-88
  • California Lutheran University Alumni Certificate of Excellence Award — 1994
  • National Science Foundation Small-College Faculty Research Opportunity Award Grant — 1983
    Norwegian Marshall Fund Award (1987-88 and 1993-94; two awards each time)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (to Norway) — 1993-94
  • Strathmore's Who's Who in the World, America, Medicine & Healthcare, Among America's Teachers
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • American Men and Women of Science; IBC 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century
  • American Biographical Institute Five Hundred Leaders of Influence from ORU

General Articles and Presentations on Biofuels from Algae

Videos on Algae Biofuels

Marine Biology Program at ORU

Marine Biology at ORU 10.11.13