- Ph.D., Hydrobiology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus, 1992
- M.S., Biology, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 1976
Dr. Alexander Y. Karatayev is the Director of the Great Lakes Center at State University of New York at Buffalo.
-Biodiversity, conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems
-Ecology, biology, parasitology and spread of aquatic invasive species and their role in aquatic ecosystems
-Diversity, biology, and ecology of benthic communities
-Diversity, distribution, and conservation of native mussels (unionids)
Relevant to the biota of the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Karatayev has published the following:
Karatayev, A. Y., R. G. Howells, L. E. Burlakova, and B. D. Sewell. 2005. History of spread and current distribution of Corbicula fluminea in Texas. Journal of Shellfisheries Research 24(2): 553–560.