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Michelle Natarajan, Laboratory ManagerPhone: (651) 433-5953 ext. 16
B.S., University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education, 2005 M.S., University of Minnesota—Twin Cities: Land and Atmospheric Science, expected completion 2014
Michelle Natarajan joined St. Croix Watershed Research Station as the Lab Manager in the spring of 2014. She maintains lab equipment, ensures timely processing of samples, orders supplies and manages a team of permanent and temporary technicians and interns to carry out a variety of lab analyses. She also does most of the colorimetric analyses of lake sediments and waters to track changing concentrations and speciations of phosphorus, nitrogen and biogenic silica.
She is in the process of completing her Masters thesis in Land and Atmospheric Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research project investigated changes in total and methylmercury as water passed through denitrifying bioreactors on Minnesota farms. The goal was to determine if the anaerobic environment within bioreactors might inadvertently support bacteria that convert mercury to methylmercury.
In her free time, Michelle can usually be found growing vegetables in her backyard, biking the extensive network of trails in the Twin Cities or cross country skiing in local parks. When she can get away, she also enjoys camping and traveling.