Mitchell S. Alix, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Mitchell S. Alix, Ph.D.


Mitchell Alix teaches introductory and advanced courses in the life sciences and has broad research interests in many aspects of aquatic botany.

Research Overview

Mitchell is involved in several active areas of collaborative basic and applied research on aquatic plants and algae in and beyond the Great Lakes region, which include projects that focus on their taxonomy, natural history, conservation and management and ecology.

Select Publications

Karol, K. G., M. S. Alix, R. W. Scribailo, P. M. Skawinski, R. S. Sleith, J. A. Sardina, and J. D. Hall. 2018.

New records of the rare North American endemic Chara brittonii (Characeae), with comments on its distribution. Brittonia 70(3): 277-288. Alix, M. S., R.W. Scribailo, and C. W. Weliczko. 2017.

Nitellopsis obtusa (Desv.) J. Groves, 1919 (Charophyta:Characeae): new records from southern Michigan, USA with notes on environmental parameters known to influence its distribution. BioInvasions Records 6(4): 311-319.

Teaching Focus

Mitchell teaches a wide range of introductory and advanced courses in the biological sciences. His primary objective is to provide students with a sound and balanced understanding of the major constructs of biology. He uses real world examples and personal experiences to teach biodiversity and conservation and explore functional relationships of species with their environments.

Mitchell S. Alix, Ph.D.


(219) 785-5295

Office Location:

Westville Campus, SWRZ 111B


  • Ph.D. – Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • B.S. – Biology, Purdue University North Central, Westville, IN

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic Botany
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Aquatic Ecology and Conservation

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • PADI Certified Diver
  • CITI Certified Lab Animal Research