Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Montana Natural Resources Conservation Service

United States Army Corps of Engineers

United States Environmental Protection Agency

United States Fish & Wildlife Service

United States Forest Service


American Fisheries Society (AFS), Montana Chapter

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

American Water Resources Association (AWRA), Montana Chapter

North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)

Dr. Jim Elser serves as Past-President of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the world’s largest and most important aquatic sciences professional association. An internationally renowned and highly published freshwater ecologist, Dr. Elser took the reins at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) in December of 2015. His research expertise lies in the integrative field of biological stoichiometry, the study of balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. Ecological in focus, stoichiometry uses an evolutionary viewpoint to integrate organizational levels from the molecule and cell to the ecosystem. He has conducted observational and experimental studies at various scales from laboratory cultures and short-term field experiments to sustained whole-ecosystem manipulations.

His more recent work has investigated the connections among Carbon:Nitrogen:Phosphorus stoichiometry, growth rate, rRNA physiology and genetics, and ecological dynamics in diverse biota and ecosystems, including the application of these ideas to tumor dynamics. Jim is an active member of the Arizona State University’s NASA-funded Astrobiology project “Follow the Elements” and a co-organizer of ASU’s Sustainable Phosphorus Initiative.