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Alan Christian, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Freshwater Ecology, Department of Biology and School for the Environment Director of Environmental Studies and Director of the Environmental Analytical Core Facility, School for the Environment; Environmental Biology Graduate Program Director, Department of Biology
  • Telephone: 617.287.6639
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  • Office Location: ISC-3-3100

Areas of Expertise

Freshwater Ecology


PhD, Miami University, 2002 (Zoology)
MS, Arkansas State University, 1995 (Biological Sciences)
BS, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 1992 (Biological Sciences)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research Interests

Dr. Christian and his research lab  conducts research on the life history, ecology, and evolution of freshwater organisms and the limnology of stream and lake ecosystems.  We use a variety of approaches in our investigations such as population/molecular genetics, microbial community structure, ecological stoichiometry, geochemistry, and stable CHNOS isotopes analyses, field and laboratory experiments, and geomorphology, GIS, and statistical techniques.  Furthermore, we also use habitat and fish and invertebrate communities surveys and analysis tools to assess water quality and to investigate the effects of perturbations on freshwater communities and ecosystems.


Freshwater Mussel Surveys and Identification (Endangered and Non-endangered)
Freshwater Fish and Invertebrate Sampling and Identification

Elemental Analysis: Tissue, Soil, Particulate Carbon, Nitrogen, and Sulfur


More Information

For more details on Professor Christian’s research projects, publications, and students please see his Freshwater Ecology Lab Web page (

For information on the Environmental Analytical Facility (EAF) please go to the EAF web page (

For more information on the Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology  REU (CREST REU) program please visit the CREST REU web page (