Elizabeth Alm
Professor
Department of Biology
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Microbial Ecology and Environmental and Public Health Microbiology
Biosciences 3407
989-774-7228


Dr. Alm is a professor of Biology at Central Michigan University

Education

  • A.B., Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 1983
  • M.S., Ball State University, 1986
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992
  • Postdoc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992-1996

Teaching Areas

  • Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Conservation Medicine
  • Vaccine Science

Research Fields

Microbial Ecology and Environmental and Public Health Microbiology

Current Research Projects

Our lab applies microbiological and molecular techniques to the ecology of pathogenic microorganisms in the environment, especially aquatic environments. We want to understand sources and fates of pathogens in the environment. We have examined fecal indicator bacteria and antibiotic resistant bacteria at beaches, the ecology of E. coli in the extra-host environment, and avian influenza virus at migratory stopover sites. Current projects include investigations of the native microbial community of beach sand and adaptations of E. coli to extra-host environments.