Center for Water
and the Environment
Richard Axler, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Position and Focus
Research interests are lake and water quality management and restoration, aquatic ecosystem responses to pollutants, nutrient cycling and food web dynamics, web-based environmental education and constructed treatment wetlands.
Ph.D., Ecology/Limnology, University of California, Davis, 1979
B.A., Physics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1970
7: Bartsch, Will M Axler, Richard P & Host, George E. 2015. Evaluating a Great Lakes scale landscape stressor index to assess water quality in the St. Louis River Area of Concern. Journal of Great Lakes Research In press.
7: Silbernagel, J, Host, G, Hagley, C, Hart, D, Axler, R, Fortner, R, Axler, M, Smith, V, Drewes, A, Bartsch, W, Danz, N Mathews, J & Wagler, M. 2015. Linking place-based science to people through spatial narratives of coastal stewardship. Journal of Coastal Conservation 19:181--198.
7: Eckman, K, Were, V, Brady, V J, Schomberg, J Axler, R & Kleist, C. 2013. Using social science data to evaluate residential stormwater treatments in Duluth Minnesota. Water Resources Impact 15:13--16.
7: Olker, J H, Johnson, L B Axler, R P & Johnson, C M. 2013. Factors influencing ultraviolet radiation dose to developing frogs in northern vernal pools. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70:1531--1541.
7: Glass, J B, Axler, R P Chandra, S & Goldman, C R. 2012. Molybdenum limitation of microbial nitrogen assimilation in aquatic ecosystems and pure cultures. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology 3:1--10.
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Project list for Richard Axler :
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North Shore Superior Lake and Stream Water Assessment
To collect field and water chemistry data from eight Northern Lakes and Forest (NLF) Ecoregion lakes and three NLF streams between May 2013 and September 2014 for the purpose of determining surface water quality.
Duluth Trout Streams Urban Watershed Restoration and Protection
Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring
To assess the biotic condition of all the major coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes, United States and Canadian shorelines.
Long-Term Aquatic Conditions to Inform Delisting Efforts on the St. Louis River
Event-based Stream Sampling in Northeastern Minnesota
Determine pollutant concentrations and annual loads of nutrients and suspended sediments by intensively sampling streams during different hydrologic regimes (base flow, storm events, spring runoff).
St. Louis River Area of Concern Paleolimnology
One of the action items in the St. Louis River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Update 2013 is to assess the eutrophication criterion in order to make local recommendations for removing this beneficial use impairment (BUI) to the Area of Concern.
An open standards data and metadata pipeline for the Natural Resources Research Institute Great Lakes Data
St. Louis County Rainy River Headwater Lakes, 2014-2015
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Surface Water Assessment Program is funding this effort to collect field and water chemistry data for 3 lakes within the Rainy River Watershed west of Ely, MN. The results of water quality analyses will be a critical addition to efforts to identify short- and long-term trends of response to impacts such as urbanization, agriculture and forestry practices, invasive species introductions, atmospheric deposition, and climate change.