Nicholas Phelps, Assistant Professor & MAISRC Director
- B.S. Aquatic Biology - Bemidji State University
- M.S. Fish Pathology - University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
- Ph.D. Veterinary Medicine-Comparative Medicine and Pathology - University of Minnesota
AIS Area of Interest
Dr. Phelps specializes in emerging infectious diseases of farmed and wild fish; development of molecular diagnostic assays; aquaculture systems and production; and aquatic ecosystem health. His work with MAISRC involves screening for Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus and researching biological controls of aquatic invasive species. He also conducts modeling to predict the risk of spread of AIS, including starry stonewort, Eurasian watermilfoil, and zebra mussels.
AIS Species of Study
Current MAISRC projects
- What’s in your bucket? Quantifying AIS introduction risk
- Exploring whether native pathogens can be used to control AIS
- Decision-making tool for optimal management of AIS
- Evaluating boat cleaning station efficacy on the removal of residual water from recreational boats
- Eco-epidemiological model to assess aquatic invasive species management
- Screening for VHS in Minnesota waters
- Toxicity of antifreeze to zebra and quagga mussels
- Determining heterosporosis threats to inform prevention, management, and control
- Recognizing high-risk areas for zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil invasions in Minnesota
Select AIS Publications
- Kao, Szu-Yu; Enns, Eva A; Tomamichel, Megan; Doll, Adam; Escobar, Luis E; Qiao, Huijie; Craft, Meggan E; Phelps, Nicholas B D (2020). Network connectivity patterns of Minnesota waterbodies and implications for aquatic invasive species prevention. University of Minnesota Data Repository.
- Tolo, Isaiah (2020). KHV disease data from wild Cyprinus carpio from Lake Elysian (Le Seuer, MN) and cohabitation disease trial of Cyprinus carpio, Pimephales promelas and Carassius auratus. University of Minnesota Data Repository.
- Padhi, S., Tolo, I., McEachran, M., Primus, A., Mor, S., & Phelps, N. (2019). Koi herpesvirus and carp oedema virus: Infections and coinfections during mortality events of wild common carp in the United States. Journal of Fish Diseases, 42, 1609–1621.
- Escobar, L., Romero-Alvarez, D., Larkin, D., & Phelps, N. (2018). Network analysis to inform invasive species spread among lakes. Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 1–5. DOI:10.1007/s00343-019-7208-z