Senior College Kick-Off
Thursday, September 7, 2017
3:15 pm | ATCC Auditorium 743
From the Lab to the Lake: Minnesota’s Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Minnesota have caused incredible ecological damage, cost the state millions and threaten the use and enjoyment of our lakes and rivers. However, all hope is not lost and we do not need to settle for the status quo. The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center (MAISRC) has been working since 2012 to develop science-based solutions to our complex AIS problems. MAISRC Director Dr. Nick Phelps will provide an overview of research and citizen science programs and highlight efforts to combat zebra mussels and predict risk of future AIS spread.
Dr. Nick Phelps is the Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and Assistant Professor in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the emerging threats to the health and sustainability to aquatic ecosystems, which lie at the intersection of humans, animals and the environment. Ultimately, he aims to identify threats, mitigate risks and develop long-term science-based management solutions to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved.