Young Alumni Award

Dr. Nicholas Phelps ‘05

2018 Inductee
Dr. Nicholas Phelps turned his passion for fishing, water and the environment into a career as one of the nation’s most promising young aquatic biologists.

Phelps graduated from Brainerd High School in 2001 and headed north to Bemidji State University the following fall. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from Bemidji State in 2005 before going on to earn his master’s degree in fisheries from the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota.

After completing his doctorate, Phelps joined the University of Minnesota faculty as an associate professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine and, later, the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. He teaches a variety of courses including fisheries, biodiversity, veterinary medicine and global food systems.

In 2016, Phelps was selected to co-direct the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC). He was entrusted to lead the program himself one year later. In this role, Phelps supervises 40 other researchers in the fight against aquatic invasive species.

Phelps married his wife Paula in 2009. The couple lives in Blaine, Minn. with their son, William.

Nicholas Phelps
Nicholas Phelps

Past Award Recipients

Nathan Sannes ‘05

Xihao Hu ‘97

Dr. Jeremy Fogelson ‘00
Carri Jones ‘03

Katrina Maliamauv ‘07

Dr. Abby Meyer ‘01

Dr. Guylaine Haché ‘04

Dr. Nicholas Phelps ‘05