Eric Elias


Senior Continuing Lab Instructor in Biology

I have been interested in the outdoors since I was a kid and have been fortunate enough to have found a career that lets me help others get excited about our natural world.  At Gustavus I primarily teach two of the four "core" lab courses in the Biology Department, but I also have taught an occasional lecture section of Organismal Biology (Bio 102),  as well as my January IEX course Minnesota Aquatic Stewardship (Bio 131).  This course gets students learning about aquatic biology and ecosystems and their role as environmental stewards through, among other things, fly tying and fly fishing.  Yes, you can find places to fly fish in January in Minnesota!  I also serve as a faculty sponsor for January Career Exploration Internships.

I live in St. Peter with my wife, Betsy, and our three children: Will, Iris, and June. 


Elias, Eric E., Eddie Kalombo, and Steven Don Mercurio.  2007.  Tamoxifen protects against 17a-ethynylestradiol-induced liver damage and the development of urogenital papillae in the rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum).  Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 26(9):1879-1889.

Hatch, Jay T. and Eric E. Elias.  2002.  Ovarian cycling, clutch characteristics, and oocyte size of the river shiner Notropis blennius (Girard) in the Upper Mississippi River.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology  17(1):85-92.

Hatch, J. T. and E. E. Elias.  1997.  Anesthesia and stomach content removal experiments on small nongame fishes.  Minnesota Natural Heritage and Nongame Wildlife Research Technical Report:1-11.


B.S. Fisheries & Wildlife, University of Minnesota; M.S. Environmental Science, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Courses Taught

BIO-101 (Principles Lab)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
BIO-101 Principles Lab 124 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
BIO-102 Organismal Biology Lab 36 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP
BIO-202 Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Lab 23 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, and 2014/SP
BIO-101 Principles of Biology 22 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
BIO-102 Organismal Biology 12 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
BIO-268 Career Exploration 8 2016/JN, 2013/JN, 2011/JN, and 2008/JN
BIO-131 MN Aquatic Stewardship 7 2020/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2015/JN, 2012/JN, 2010/JN, and 2009/JN
NDL-268 Career Exploration 5 2019/JN, 2016/JN, 2013/JN, and 2011/JN
BIO-202 Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior 2 2019/SP and 2017/SP