August 2017 Letter from the Director
Hello from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center!
The summer field season continues to be a busy time for MASIRC researchers. Right now from my office window I can see two boats in the parking lot ready to head out to survey AIS, plus a field crew loading up a truck. There is another team in the hallway talking statistical approaches, and I am about to head across campus for a workshop on AIS risk management. A big thank you to all the researchers who have been putting in long hours to make important progress on these projects!
Of course, we’re also looking forward and have recently launched six new projects! These projects include research on zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, non-native Phragmites, and hybrid watermilfoil. Check out this announcement from July if you haven’t yet, and read on for a couple that are highlighted in this newsletter. I am excited for each project and the promise they have to provide practical management tools, fill key knowledge gaps, and advance our scientific understanding to inform decision-making.
Want to know what the research teams found on their survey today? Want to hear more about the new projects? What are the latest updates on starry stonewort, zebra mussels, and invasive carp? All of this and much, MUCH more will be presented at our upcoming AIS Research and Management Showcase on September 13.
This is my favorite event of the year, where we have the opportunity to share our research progress with our stakeholders and get feedback critical to informing our next steps. I hope you can all attend!
Time to get back to the lab…
Dr. Nick Phelps
Director, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center