Elena Litchman

Elena  Litchman
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • W. K. Kellogg Biological Station
  • Integrative Biology


Elena Litchman. professor of integrative biology and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station faculty member, is internationally recognized for her research on phytoplankton communities in both freshwater and marine environments.

Litchman received her Honors Diploma in biology from Moscow State University, Russia, and her PhD in ecology from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. 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, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology in Switzerland.

Litchman has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and is regularly invited to give talks at international conferences, workshops and symposia. Her many accolades include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and an NSF CAREER Award. Litchman currently serves on the advisory boards of WasserCluster Lunz Austria, and the Danish Center of Excellence “Life in a Changing Ocean,” Denmark, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Plankton Research.