Interested in hearing more from a Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center scientist?

At MAISRC, we believe in the importance of sharing our research findings and updates with lakeshore associations, other researchers, and interested members of the public. The very best opportunity for you to hear from our researchers is at our AIS Research and Management Showcase, held annually in September (September 12, 2018) on the St. Paul campus at the University of Minnesota. This event highlights all of MAISRC’s research and includes hands-on demos and tours of the lab. Sign up here to be notified when registration opens.

If you’re hosting an event and would like to feature a MAISRC speaker, please contact Christine at with information about the event, including the date, time, location, and preferred topic. Speaker’s fees may vary, but donations to help defray costs and support our research are welcomed.

While we try to honor as many speaking requests as we can, our researchers’ time is limited – especially during summer field season. Before submitting a request, please check the list below of upcoming events to see if one fits with your group’s interests. All events that are included below are open to the public; reach out to the contact person listed if you have any questions.

Thank you again for your interest in hosting a MAISRC speaker!

Upcoming events

March 14

Event: Itasca Area Water Business Summit

Speaker: Mike McCartney

Topic: Genetic spread of zebra mussels

Location: Timber Lake Lodge (south side of Grand Rapids just off HWY 169)

Contact: David Duxbury,

Details: Attendees from marine businesses, resorts, lakeshore service companies, etc. may register for free. The general public will be charged $20.

April 12-14

Event: State of Water Conference

Speakers: Julia Bohnen, Dan Larkin, Megan Weber

Topic: Citizen Science and Volunteers in the Fight against Aquatic Invasive Species

Location: Breezy Point, MN

Details: Contact Freshwater Society

April 20

Event:  Cass County AIS Inspectors Training

Speaker: Nick Phelps

Topic: How modeling can predict aquatic invasive species

Location: Walker, MN

Details: Contact Rima Smith-Keprios at

April 28

Event: MAISRC update at the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association

Speaker: Nick Phelps

Topic: Various

Location: Ideal Community Center

Details: Contact Whitefish Area Property Owners Association

June 8

Event: MAISRC Update

Speakers: Mike McCartney, Nick Phelps, Megan Weber

Topic: Various

Location: Detroit Lakes, MN

Details: Contact Pelican River Watershed District 

June 30

Event: MAISRC Update at the Pelican Lakes Association of Crow Wing County

Speakers: Nick Phelps


Location: Breezy Point, MN

Details: Contact the Pelican Lakes Asociation of Crow Wing County

September 12

Event: Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Speices Research and Management Showcase

Speakers: All MAISRC researchers


Location: St. Paul, MN

Details: Stay tuned!

October 15 - 18

Event: Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

Speakers: Various


Location: Rochester, MN