Alexander R Totten


Alexander Totten received his bachelors of science in environmental biology
from Ferris State University in 2015 and has been a research scientist ever since. He has
a general interest in surface water hydrology. Alexander started working at the USGS in
2011 as a student supporting work conducted by the Lansing USGS research office and
the Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MIBaRL). In 2015, Alexander became
a full-time employee focused on the development of water quality assessment and
loading in streams across Michigan primarily the Trenton Channel and Detroit River.
Currently, Alexander continues to work with his team to develop water quality in
tributaries throughout Michigan to understand their general water quality and
constituent contributions to our great lakes.


  • B.S. 2015, Ferris State University, Environmental Biology


  • 2011 – 2015 U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Michigan Water Science Center, Student Trainee
  • 2015 – Present U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Upper Midwest Science Center, Biologist