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Elizabeth C. Minor


Large Lakes Observatory
University of Minnesota Duluth
2205 E. 5th St.,
Research Laboratory Building 211
Duluth, MN 55812

Tel. (218) 726-7097

Fax: (218) 726-6979

email: eminor at


  • Relationships between the packaging of aquatic organic matter (in various size classes and particle morphologies), the molecular level characteristics of this organic matter, and the reactivity of this material in the water column. Various techniques employed include electrospray mass spectrometry, FTIR, chromatography, ultrafiltration, and analyses of radiocarbon and stable carbon isotopes.
  • The Minor lab enjoyed having visiting professor Bruce Mattson (on sabbatical from Creighton University) join in lab and field work. His description of our May/June 2010 research cruise on Lake Superior can be found here.


MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Ph.D., Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
The College of William and Mary, BS Chemistry


  • CHEM 1153 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 2222 Quantitative Analysis
  • LIMN 5102 Chemical Limnology


Minor, E.C., B. Forsman, and S.J. Guildford, 2014. The effect of a flood pulse on the water column of western Lake Superior, USA. J. Great Lakes Res., in press (available on-line)

Minor, E.C., M. Swenson. B.M. Mattson, and A. R. Oyler, 2014. Structural characterization of dissolved organic matter: A review of current techniques for isolation and analysis. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, DOI: 10.1039/c4em00062e

Zigah, P.K., E.C. Minor, H.A. Abdulla, J.P. Werne, and P.G. Hatcher, 2014. An investigation of size-fractionated organic matter from Lake Superior and a tributary stream using radiocarbon, stable isotopes and NMR. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 127: 264-284.

Minor, E.C., E. James, V. Nelson, R. Lusk, K. Mopper, and J.A. Austin, 2013. A preliminary examination of an in situ dual dye approach to measuring light fluxes in lotic systems. Limnol. Oceanogr: Methods 11, 621-642.

Liu, X., S.M. Colman, E.T. Brown, E.C. Minor, H. Li, 2013. Estimation of carbonate, total organic carbon, and biogenic silica content by FTIR and XRF techniques in lacustrine sediments, J. Paleolimnol. DOI 10.1007/s10933-013-9733-7

Abdulla, H.A.N., E.C. Minor, R.F. Dias, and P.G. Hatcher, 2013. Transformations of the chemical compositions of high molecular weight DOM along a salinity transect: Using two dimensional correlation spectroscopy and principal component analysis approaches. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 118: 231-246.

Li, H., E.C. Minor, and P.K. Zigah, 2013. Diagenetic Changes in Lake Superior Sediments as Seen by FTIR and 2D Correlation Spectroscopy. Organic Geochemistry 58, 125-136.

Macdonald, M.J. and E.C. Minor, 2013. Photochemical degradation of dissolved organic matter from streams in the western Lake Superior watershed. Aquatic Sciences,75, 509-522. DOI 10.1007/s00027-013-0296-5.

Zigah, P.K., E.C. Minor, J.P. Werne, and S.L. McCallister, 2012. An isotopic (Δ14C, δ13C, and δ15N) investigation of particulate organic matter and zooplankton biomass in Lake Superior and across a size-gradient of aquatic systems, Biogeosciences, 9, 3663-3678. doi: 10.5194/bg-9-3663-2012.

Zigah, P.K., Minor, E.C., and Werne, J.P., 2012. Radiocarbon and stable-isotope geochemistry of organic and inorganic carbon in Lake Superior. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 26, GB1023, doi:10.1029/2011GB004132

Minor, E.C., C.J. Steinbring, K. Longnecker, and E.B. Kujawinski, 2012. Characterization of dissolved organic matter in Lake Superior and its watershed using ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry. Organic Geochemistry, 43, 1-11.

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