Ashley Elgin

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellow

1431 Beach St. 
Muskegon, MI 49441

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Dr. Ashley Elgin is a research benthic ecologist with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). She currently studies the invasion ecology of dreissenid mussels out of the NOAA GLERL Lake Michigan Field Station, evaluating these invasive species’ impacts on native food webs and predicting their future distributions. A northern Michigan native, Dr. Elgin studied biology at Michigan Technological University, Smith College, and University of Notre Dame, receiving her doctorate from the latter with her dissertational research on the invasive rusty crayfish.

While her current focus lies in zebra and quagga mussels, Dr. Elgin has researched and published on both marine and freshwater ecosystems, studying a variety of invasive species and how they can be managed across spatial and temporal scales. She also has investigated climate change and pollution’s effects on Great Lakes ecology relative to native and invasive community members.

  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Notre Dame (2013)
  • M.S. in Biology, Smith College (2006)
  • B.S. in Biology, Michigan Technological University (2001)
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Climate Change
  • Dreissenid Mussels
  • Limnology
Recent Publications: 

Bunnell, D.B., S.A. Pothoven, P.M. Armenio, L. Eaton, D.M. Warner, A.K. Elgin, L.E. Burlakova and A.Y. Karayayev. 2019. Spatiotemporal variability in energetic condition of alewife and round goby in Lake Michigan. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, (DOI:10.1139/cjfas-2018-0391). [Altmetric Score]

Marino, J.A., S.D. Peacor, D.B. Bunnell, H.A. Vanderploeg, S.A. Pothoven, A.K. Elgin, J.R. Bence, J. Jiao and E.L. Ionides. 2019. Evaluating consumptive and nonconsumptive predator effects on prey density using field times series data. Ecology. (DOI:10.1002/ecy.2583). [Altmetric Score]

Merzel, R.L., L. Purser, T.L. Soucy, M. Olszewski, I. Colon-Bernal, M.B. Duhaime, A.K. Elgin and M.M. Banaszak Holl. 2019. Uptake and Retention of Nanoplastics in Quagga Mussels. Global Challenges. Global Challenges. (DOI:10.1002/gch2.201800104)

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Recent Presentations:

Elgin, A.K. 2019. NOAA’s Role in the Community: Science Serving Society. AMBUCS Meeting, Muskegon, Michigan. February 12, 2019.

Sturtevant, R.A., F. Martinez, E. Lower, E.S. Rutherford, D.M. Mason and A.K. Elgin. 2018. Assessing the Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Basin Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference Mayo Civic Center – Rochester, MN, October 16, 2018. UMISC and North American Invasive Species Management Assoc.

Elgin, A.K. and P. Glyshaw. 2018. Depth and season-specific trends in invasive quagga mussel growth and implications for ecological impacts. Society for Freshwater Sciences 2018 meeting, Detroit, Mich., May 21-24, 2018.

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