Maureen CarlsonStaff

Technical Coordinator in Biology and Laboratory and Animal Care Coordinator in Psychological Science

During my undergraduate work, I interned with the DNR for a summer working with burrowing owls.  While the work was interesting, I realized that I did not really care to be outside in all types of weather and amongst the abundant wildlife (bugs!).  Instead of using my environmental biology degree to work outside, I found myself happily working for various environmental companies in the Twin Cities over the next 9 years.  I primarily analyzed building materials for asbestos using polarizing light microscopy, but also did air sample fiber counts, radon testing, and potable water testing for coliform bacteria.  Occasionally I got to go out into the field to do sample collection, which made me realize how great it was to be in a comfortable lab.

We moved out of the Cities and eventually moved to Saint Peter.  My husband and I have raised three children and now have grandchildren to spoil.  I spend much of my summer gardening, trying to keep the rabbits at bay.


B.A., Saint Mary's College, Winona, MN