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

  • Reavie, Euan D, Barbiero, Richard P Allinger, Lisa E & Warren, Glenn J. 2014. Phytoplankton Trends in the Great Lakes, 2001-2011. Journal of Great Lakes Research In press
  • Eckman, K, Were, V, Brady, V, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Niemi, G J, Reavie, E D, Peterson, G S, Kelly, J R, Johnston, C A, Johnson, L B, Howe, R W, Host, G E, Hollenhorst, T P, Danz, N P, Ciborowski, J J H, Brown, T N Brady, V J & Axler, R P. 2011. An integrated approach to assessing multiple stressors for coastal Lake Superior. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 14:356--375.
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    Project list for Richard Axler :

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    Long-Term Aquatic Conditions to Inform Delisting Efforts on the St. Louis River

    St. Louis County Rainy River Headwater Lakes, 2014-2015

    St. Louis River Area of Concern Paleolimnology

    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.

    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 during May – September in 2013-14 for the purpose of determining surface water quality.

    Weather, Water, and People
     The project will improve regional environmental literacy, specifically regarding the condition of regional water resources, by facilitating the ability of broadcast meteorologists to work with their producers and reporters to independently explore and report on the many ways that weather interacts with the land, as mediated by individual and community actions in the watershed, to determine the condition of our water resources - trout streams, lakes and ponds, the St. Louis River Estuary, and Lake Superior. We will work with FOX21 meteorologists and news teams to train them to use the real-time data visualization tools on the website to see how trout streams, the St. Louis River, and Lake Superior respond to weather phenomena and landscape disturbance, provide story ideas and a basic understanding of watershed science, and link them to water professionals in the region. Superior Regional Stormwater Protection Team and City of Duluth are collaborators on this project.

    Open project in a new windowAmity Creek Restoration Project
    Reduce sediment to Amity Creek by improved land cover in riparian areas disturbed by development or legacy impacts, and improved stormwater planning and management tools in two rural townships experiencing continued development pressures, and broader use of stormwater reduction and watershed protection resources available on the regional website