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Christopher Donar, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Science 
Arts and Sciences Department


Paul Bldg Room 510, Ketchikan Campus



University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1994 - 1999)  

Ph. D., Natural Resources and Environment

Dissertation: Holocene Paleolimnology of Lakes in the Central Highlands Region of Florida.

Eastern Michigan University-Ypsilanti (1990 - 1992)

M. S., Biology

Thesis: Paleolimnology of the Ford Lake Reservoir.    

Eastern Michigan University-Ypsilanti (1982 - 1988)

B. S., Biology


My research interests are in the ecology, taxonomy and systematics of diatoms (Bacillariophyta) and other freshwater algae. I am particularly interested in paleolimnology and the use of diatoms to infer short-term historical changes in aquatic ecosystems due to human modification and long-term changes in response to climatic factors. I feel that among algal groups, diatoms can provide numerous research opportunities in ecological studies, paleoecology, cell physiology, and systematic biology. I have conducted field research on the growth characteristics of periphyton mats in the Florida Everglades. Presently, I am investigating the taxonomy of algal assemblages in lakes and aquatic ecosystems of Isle Royale National Park. 

Born in Des Moines Iowa, raised in Southeast Michigan. I am a practicing member of the Hakuryu Karate Do and have attained the rank of Nidan, 2nd degree black belt. 


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