Richard Axler

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Richard Axler, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

Richard Axler

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

Current Publications

  • 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
    3015-10423-00046380, $75096.30

    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.