February 2017 announcements
MAISRC welcomes two researchers
MAISRC is pleased to welcome two new researchers to our team: Meg Thompson and Dr. Huijie Qiao. Meg is a University of St. Thomas graduate currently assisting MAISRC on research projects including Heterosporis, fish health, and ecological niche modeling.
Dr. Huijie Qiao is a visiting researcher from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. An expert in ecological niche modeling, Dr. Qiao is joining MAISRC for approximately six months to work on modeling the spread of aquatic invasive species including zebra mussels, Heterosporis, and Eurasian watermilfoil. Welcome, both!
AIS Detectors registration opening March 1
Registration is opening March 1 for AIS Detectors, MAISRC’s new volunteer network and science-based training program launched in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension. After being certified as an AIS Detector, you’ll serve a critical role by helping the DNR respond to reports of possible AIS, weeding out false positives, being on the lookout for new infestations, and providing outreach to your community. Click here to learn more about joining this network of citizen scientists!
Save the date for the 2017 Showcase
Save the date for the 2017 Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase: Wednesday, September 13! This event will help you gain valuable knowledge and insight to enhance your understanding of AIS issues and the research MAISRC is conducting. You will have opportunities for hands-on activities, lab tours, lunch with researchers, and more! Stay tuned for more details.
MAISRC in the news
- Scientists look to the past to figure out the walleye collapse on Lake Mille Lacs (KSTP)
- Core samples form Mille Lacs Lake may explain walleye woes (Brainerd Dispatch)
- Invasive aquatic plant, starry stonewort, creeps across Great Lakes region (Rochester Post-Bulletin)
- Taking genetics to the lake: New study shows that fight against invasive plant is more complicated thanks to hybrids (Star Tribune)
- Battle against aquatic invasive species on Lake Minnetonka continues (Sun Sailor)
Let your legislator know you support funding for AIS research
We know that you care deeply about Minnesota's waters and protecting them from aquatic invasive species. Now is the perfect opportunity for you to let your voice be heard. Our friends at Conservation Minnesota have made it easy for you to weigh in with your thoughts about funding for AIS research in Minnesota. Click here to quickly and easily contact your legislators to ensure they know that AIS funding is important to you.
Long-term funding will help us address the numerous threats posed by AIS, and additional research will help find science-based solutions. It will only take a minute to share your thoughts with your legislators -- thank you!