Alyssa Anderson

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Office 
MeWaldt-Jensen 217
Phone 
605-626-2600

Assistant Professor of Biology

School/College 
College of Arts and Sciences
Department 
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
College of Arts & Sciences
Programs 
Biology
Biology Education
Dr. Alyssa Anderson
Assistant professor of Biology
 
Ph.D, University of Minnesota
B.A., Saint Olaf College
 

Office: Mewaldt-Jensen 217

Phone: 605-626-2600

Email: alyssa.m.anderson@northern.edu

 
Dr. Alyssa Anderson joined Northern€'s faculty in December 2012. A native of Lake Crystal, Minn., she received her bachelor€'s degree in biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in entomology, with a graduate minor in conservation biology, from the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as as co-editor of the CHIRONOMUS Journal of Chironomidae Research and co-director of the Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair.
 
Dr. Anderson€'s primary research interests revolve specifically around a group of aquatic flies in the family Chironomidae, commonly known as non-biting midges, as well as other aquatic insects. These organisms are important because they are very diverse, and assessments of their presence, absence, abundance, and distribution can help paint a picture regarding the health of water bodies and the surrounding landscape. More broadly, her research interests encompass entomology; conservation biology; fisheries and aquatic ecology; phylogenetics; and molecular and morphological taxonomic techniques that aid in species delimitation and description. She received NSU's 2014 Nora Staael Evert Research Award for Analysis of Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) Diversity and Community Composition in Brown County, S.D.€
 

Courses Taught

Animal Behavior

Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Management

Entomology

Environmental Biology

Evolution

General Biology II

Invertebrate

Zoology

Marine and Island Ecology in the Bahamas

Ornithology

Senior Seminar

Vertebrate Zoology

 

Selected Publications

*Denotes undergraduate student co-authors Anderson, A.M., E. Mittag*, B. Peterson*, B. Vondracek, and L.C. Ferrington, Jr. 2016. Winter diets of brown trout (Salmo trutta) populations in Southeast Minnesota and the significance of winter-emerging invertebrates. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145:206-220.DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2015.1111258 Anderson, A.M., P. Kranzfelder, A. Egan, and L.C. Ferrington, Jr. 2016. The Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) of San Salvador Island: A preliminary survey and look to the future. Proceedings of the 15th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas, pp. 13-21. Cole, E.S., C. Urnes, A. Hinrichs, E.A. Rothfus, and A. Anderson. 2016. Rainfall drives synchronous spawning episodes in the Scaly Pearl Oyster, Pinctada longisquamosa on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Proceedings of the 15th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas, pp. 45-52. Kranzfelder, P., A.M. Anderson, J.E. Mazack, R.W. Bouchard, Jr. M.M. Rufer, and L.C. Ferrington, Jr. 2015. Use of Chironomidae (Diptera) surface-floating pupal exuviae as a rapid bioassessment protocol for water bodies. Journal of Visualized Experiments 101:e52558. DOI:10.3791/52558. Mazack, J.E., P. Kranzfelder, A.M. Anderson, R.W. Bouchard, Jr., J. Perry, B. Vondracek, and L.C. Ferrington, Jr. 2015. Survivorship and longevity of adult Diamesa mendotae (Diptera: Chironomidae) at controlled, sub-freezing temperatures. Aquatic Insects: International Journal of Freshwater Entomology 36:35-42. Anderson, A.M., P. Kranzfelder, A. Egan, and L.C. Ferrington, Jr. 2014. A survey of Neotropical Chironomidae (Diptera) on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Florida Entomologist 97:304-308. Open Access Link: http://journals.fcla.edu/flaent/article/view/83095/79983 Anderson, A.M. 2013. The importance of illustration. CHIRONOMUS Newsletter for Research on Chironomidae Research. 26:3-3. Open Access Link: http://www.ntnu.no/ojs/index.php/chironomus/article/view/1615 Anderson, A.M., E. Stur, & T. Ekrem. 2013. Molecular and morphological methods reveal cryptic diversity and three new species of Nearctic Micropsectra (Diptera: Chironomidae). Open Access Link: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1899/12-026.1 Anderson, A.M., P. Kranzfelder, R.W. Bouchard Jr., and L.C. Ferrington Jr. 2013. Survivorship and longevity of Diamesa mendotae Muttkowski (Diptera: Chironomidae) under snow. Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research. 45:e6. Open Access Link: http://www.pagepressjournals.org/index.php/jear/article/view/jear.2013.e6 Anderson, A.M. and L.C. Ferrington. 2013. Resistance and resilience of winter-emerging Chironomidae (Diptera) to a flood event: implications for Minnesota trout streams. Hydrobiologia. 707:59-71. Anderson, A.M. 2012. Winter-emerging Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) in Minnesota trout streams. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Minnesota. http://purl.umn.edu/142960

 

Selected Oral Presentations

*Denotes presentation by undergraduate students Dr. Anderson has mentored *Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2015 Insect and Plant Diversity of a Restored Habitat in Isanti, Minnesota *Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, 2015 Analysis of Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) Diversity and Community Composition in Brown County, SDJoint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, 2014 Dynamics of Winter Emerging Chironomidae (Diptera) in Midwestern Trout Streams: A Summary of Over 15 Years of Research 15th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas, 2013 A Survey of Neotropical Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) on San Salvador Island, Bahamas Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, 2013 Winter Diets of Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) Populations in Southeast Minnesota and the Importance of Winter-Active Invertebrates

 

Selected Poster Presentations

*Denotes presentation by undergraduate students Dr. Anderson has mentored *South Dakota Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Sioux Falls, MN, 2016 Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) of San Salvador, Bahamas: A search for new species *Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2015 A Three-Year Survey of Mosquito Populations in Brown County, South Dakota, USA and Implications for West Nile Virus *South Dakota Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Oacoma, SD, 2015 A Survey of Mosquito Populations in Brown County, SD: Implications for West Nile Virus *Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, 2014 A Survey of Mosquito Populations in Brown County, SD: Implications for West Nile Virus *3rd Annual It€™s All About Science Festival, Sioux Falls, SD, 2014 A Survey of Mosquito Populations in Brown County, SD: Implications for West Nile Virus