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

Completed projects

Select AIS Publications