Krista Slemmons

Krista Slemmons, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: TNR 463
Phone: (715) 346-2453
Fax: (715) 346-3624


Ph.D., Ecology and Environmental Science – University of Maine (2013)
M.S., Environmental Science and Conservation Biology – Miami University (2007)
M.Ed., Science Education – Wright State University (2000)
B.S., Biology and Chemistry - Dension University (1994)


Biol 100  Biological Principles and the Human Environment
Biol 490  Seminar:  Student Interns/Teachers

Research Areas

I am a paleoecologist and limnologist combining historical diatom community data with current field observations and modern ecological experimentation to understand drivers of aquatic community change. Particularly I examine how changes in the mass balance of glaciers in arctic and alpine areas alter phytoplankton communities over the Holocene. I am also interested in inquiry-based science teaching strategies as well as STEM diversity. 


Grants, Awards, Fellowships


2010, 2012 Dan and Betty Churchill Exploration Fund ($4,600)
2011-12 National Park Service, George Melendez Wright Fellowship ($12,372)
2011-12 Correll Fellowship ($27,000)
2010 Chase Distinguished Researcher ($14,000)
2010 Best presentation, American Association of Limnology and Oceanography Annual Meeting Santa Fe, NM
2000 Women in Science Fellowship ($10,000)Kappa Delta Pi International honor society in education




2012 Slemmons KE and Saros JE. 2012. Implications of nitrogen-rich glacial meltwater for phytoplankton diversity and productivity in alpine lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. 57(6):1651-1663.
2012 Saros JE, Stone JR, Pederson GT, Slemmons KE, Spanbauer T, Schliep A, Cahl D, Williamson CE, and Engstrom DR. 2012. Merging neo- and paleoecological approaches to decipher the response of lakes to climate change over the last millennium. Ecology. 93: 2155-2164.
2013 Slemmons KE, Saros JE and Simon K. The influence of glacial meltwater on alpine aquatic ecosystems: a review.  Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts, 2013 DOI: 10.1039/C3EM00243H.
in prep
Slemmons KE, Saros JE, Stone J, McGowan S and Hess CT. (In prep). Temporal variation in the effects of glacier meltwater on the algal sedimentary record of an alpine lake in the central U.S. Rocky Mountains over the late Holocene.
in prep
Slemmons KE, Stone JR, Medford A, Hall B, McGowan S and Saros J. (In prep). Tracking the pattern and magnitude of diatom community change in response to abrupt changes in glacial meltwater and lake level over the Holocene in Scoresby Sund, East Greenland.

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