Elizabeth Alexson M.S.

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Research Staff Scientist, Aquatic Scientist

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

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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