Dr. Megan Larsen is a microbial evolutionary ecologist specializing the formation and persistence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their toxins with relation to changes nutrients and other environmental conditions. At present, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University investigating and the spatio-temporal fluctuations in cyanobacterial communities as part of the cross-institutional FORMBLOOM (Forecasting tools and mitigation options for diverse bloom-affected lakes) project.
Larsen recently completed a one-year postdoctoral position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Sciences Laboratory (WSL) where she provided expertise in specialized methods for water quality analysis and oversaw technical training within the facility. Her research at the WSL focused on emerging and persistent contaminants in groundwater and surface waters such as pesticides, nitrates, and cyanobacterial toxins across Nebraska. Larsen received her PhD from Indiana University in 2016. Her dissertation work focused on how ratios of elements such as nitrogen and phosphorus shape the ecological, evolutionary, and molecular interactions between bacteria and phage.
Larsen is also dedicated undergraduate education and professional development in STEM, data management, and R. She served as the Graduate Assistant for the Women In Science, Technology, Informatics, and Mathematics (STIM) Living Learning Community and co-instructor for the IU Women In STIM LLC seminar courses. When not teaching, tutoring, or working in the lab, Larsen also mentors high school and early collegiate women in preparation for careers in STEM.
Outside of science, Larsen is a nature enthusiast exploring Ontario’s trails and waterfalls with her dogs or enjoying a good baseball game!