Elizabeth Alexson M.S.

Profile Elizabeth Alexson
Professional Title
Associate Research Scientist, Aquatic Ecology

Elizabeth is interested in anthropogenic and natural influences on freshwater ecosystems using algae as indicators, with particular interest in the ecology and taxonomy of phytoplankton in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Her skillset includes phytoplankton taxonomic identification and enumeration, high-resolution microscopy and imagery, and field and laboratory techniques associated with paleolimnological and phytoplankton investigations.


  • M.S. Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2016
  • B.S. Environmental Geosciences, Northland College, 2014



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Paleolimnology of a freshwater estuary to inform Area of Concern nutrient delisting efforts

6 years 2 months ago
Paleolimnology of a freshwater estuary to inform Area of Concern nutrient delisting effortsAlexson, E. E., Reavie, E. D., Axler, R. P., Yemets, S. V., Krasutsky, P. A., Edlund, M. B., Pillsbury, R. W. & Desotelle, D., Mar 1 2018, In: Journal of Paleolimnology. 59, 3, p. 373-395 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

NRRI News Articles

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $3 million to NRRI in June to fund monitoring of the bottom of the food chain in the Great Lakes.

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Bottom of food web keeps aquatic scientist Elizabeth Alexson at the top of her game.

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When a tiny, single-celled enigma showed up in the Great Lakes it meant something big. And it led to the naming of a news species.

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