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Biologist Litchman Named MSU Foundation Professor

Elena Litchman and satellite photo of phytoplankton

Elena Litchman, professor of integrative biology and faculty member at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has been named an MSU Foundation Professor.

The MSU Foundation Professor title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized, exemplary scholarly accomplishment and/or potential, with clear professional relevance to specific areas of MSU scholarly need, disciplinary development, or research or creative emphasis. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence.

Litchman is internationally recognized for her research on phytoplankton communities in both freshwater and marine environments. Prior to joining MSU in 2005, she was a research scientist in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Biology, a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University, N.J., and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology in Switzerland.

She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and currently serves on the advisory boards of WasserCluster Lunz, Austria; the Danish Center of Excellence “Life in a Changing Ocean,” Denmark, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Plankton Research. She has earned the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Lichman received her Honors Diploma in biology from Moscow State University, Russia, and her doctorate in ecology from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

PHOTO (above): NASA Earth Observatory website; satellite photo of phytoplankton bloom near New York City

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