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Elizabeth C. Minor

Associate Professor

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

Kruger, B.R., B.J. Dalzell, and E.C. Minor, 2011. Effect of organic matter type and salinity on dissolved organic matter isolation via ultrafiltration and solid phase extraction. Aquat. Sci. DOI: 10.1007/s00027-011-0189-4

Zigah, P.K., E.C. Minor, J.P. Werne, and S. L. McCallister, 2011. Radiocarbon and stable carbon isotopic insights into provenance and cycling of carbon in Lake Superior. Limnology and Oceanography 56(3), 867-886.

Abdulla, H.A.N., E.C. Minor, and P.G. Hatcher, 2010. Using two dimensional correlations of 13C-NMR and FTIR to investigate changes in the chemical composition of dissolved organic matter along an estuarine transect. Environmental Science and Technology 44(21), 8044-8049, [doi: 10.1021/es100898x]

Stephens, B.M. and E.C. Minor. 2010. DOM characteristics along the continuum from river to receiving basin: a comparison of freshwater and marine transects. Aquatic Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00027-010-0144-9.

Abdulla, H.A.N., E.C. Minor, R.F. Dias, and P.G. Hatcher, 2010. Changes in the compound classes of dissolved organic matter along an estuarine transect: a study using FTIR and 13C-NMR. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 3815-3838.

Mulholland, M.R., G. E. Boneillo, P.W. Bernhardt, and E.C. Minor, 2009. Comparison of nutrient and microbial dynamics over a seasonal cycle in a mid-Atlantic coastal lagoon prone to Aureococcus anophagefferens (brown tide) blooms. Estuaries and Coasts, 32, 1176-1194.

Abdulla, H.A.N., R.F. Dias, and E.C. Minor, 2009. Understanding the enhanced aqueous solubility of styrene by terrestrial dissolved organic matter using stable isotope mass balance and FTIR, Organic Geochemistry, 40(5), 547-552.

Dalzell, B.J., E.C. Minor, and K.M. Mopper, 2009. Photodegradation of estuarine dissolved organic matter: A multi-method assessment of DOM transformation, Organic Geochemistry, 40, 243-257.

Minor, E.C., and B. Stephens. 2008. Dissolved organic matter characteristics within the Lake Superior watershed, Organic Geochemistry, 39, 1489-1501.

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