April 2018 announcements
Register today to become an AIS Detector!
Registration is now open for AIS Detectors, a volunteer network and science-based training program launched by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension.
If you are a concerned, motivated individual over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about AIS and do your part to protect Minnesota’s precious lakes, this program is for you! After being certified as an AIS Detector, you’ll serve a critical role by helping search for new AIS infestations, providing outreach to your community, and helping AIS researchers in the field. In-person workshops are coming up in:
- Victoria on April 27
- Owatonna on May 4
- Willmar on May 11
- Brainerd on May 18
- Duluth on June 1
By joining this network of engaged Minnesotans, you’ll receive high-quality, scientist-reviewed training, build your skills in AIS identification and reporting, and become part of the solution to AIS problems in Minnesota. Details, answers to frequently asked questions, and registration information is available on MAISRC's website.
Recently published papers
- Biology, ecology, and management of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa): A Red-listed Eurasian green alga invasive in North America (Dan Larkin et al)
- Predicting the Impacts of Heterosporis sutherlandae on the Yield of a Yellow Perch Population: An Integrated Modeling Approach (Megan Tomamichel)
- Dispersal mechanisms for zebra mussels: population genetics supports clustered invasions over spread from hub lakes in Minnesota (Michael McCartney and Sophie Mallez)
- Effect of non-native versus native invaders on macrophyte richness: are carp and bullheads ecological proxies? (Przemek Bajer and Peter Hundt)
- Assessing the efficacy of corn-based bait containing antimycin-a to control common carp populations using laboratory and pond experiments (Przemek Bajer, Josh Poole, Blake Sauey, Jon Amberg)
- A decade of common carp research and management in Minnesota (Przemek Bajer)
- Source-sink dynamics explain the distribution and persistence of an invasive population of common carp across a model Midwestern watershed (Justine Dauphinais, Loren Miller, Reid Swanson, Peter Sorensen)
- Response of the invasive alga starry stonewort to control efforts in a Minnesota lake (Wesley Glisson, Carli Wagner, Steve McComas, Kevin Farnum, Michael Verhoeven, Ranjan Muthukrishnan, Dan Larkin)
- Environmental filtering and competitive exclusion drive biodiversity‐invasibility relationships in shallow lake plant communities (Ranjan Muthukrishnan, Nicole Hansel-Welch, Dan Larkin)
- Zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil reporting patterns in Minnesota (Kaushi Kanankege, Moh Alkhamis, Andres Perez, Nicholas Phelps)
Save the date for the Showcase
Mark your calendars! The fifth annual Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase will be held on Wednesday, September 12 on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Learn about all the exciting work going on at MAISRC at this day-long conference filled with informative talks, hands-on demos, lab tours, and more. This is your best opportunity to learn about the latest findings in AIS research, useful management tools, and get an inside-peek into our state-of-the-art lab. Registration will open mid-summer – stay tuned! 3
We want to hear from you!
Has research from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center had an impact on your work, or that of your lakeshore association? Let us know! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with how MAISRC research informed your decision-making, or made you feel more empowered to make a difference in the fight against AIS. Or maybe there’s a specific MAISRC research effort that you’re particularly excited about – we’d love to hear from you!
Our researchers are working diligently to address the AIS issues that are threatening Minnesota’s waters. Help us do this critical work with a gift today -- private contributions to MAISRC make a real difference and provide us with the flexibility to meet critical needs as they arise. Thank you!