May 2017 announcements
First AIS Detectors workshops a hit!
MAISRC’s new citizen science program, launched in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension, is off to a running start! The first in-person workshop was recently held in Andover, and participants learned everything from how to identify aquatic invasive plants, invertebrates, and fish to how to report a potential AIS, and more. Once trained, AIS Detectors will work as a liaison between the DNR and the general public, helping to rule out false reports of AIS. There are still several more workshops upcoming – but space is limited, so register soon!
Want to get a taste of being an AIS Detector? Try your hand at identifying aquatic invasive plants here!
Mark your calendars for the 2017 AIS Research and Management Showcase!
Please join us on Wednesday, September 13 for the 2017 AIS Research and Management Showcase. 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.
Presentations, papers, and awards
Dr. Przemek Bajer was invited to present at the Northwestern Fisheries Science Center, a division of NOAA. You can watch his talk, “The success of common carp across three ecoregions in Minnesota: drivers and consequences,” here.
Dr. Przemek Bajer and former graduate student Joey Lechelt recently published a new paper about the dispersal of common carp from marshes into lakes. The paper, Low downstream dispersal of young-of-year common carp from marshes into lakes in the Upper Mississippi River region and its implications for integrated pest management strategies, will be published soon.
Graduate student Josh Poole won the Best Student Presentation Award at the Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s annual meeting. His talk was on the control of common carp through biocontrol and species-specific toxin delivery, which you can learn more about here.
Dr. Peter Sorensen and former graduate student Aaron Claus recently published a new paper about how dissolved chemicals might assist food recognition in Bighead and Silver carp. You can read the paper, Chemical Cues which Include Amino Acids Mediate Species-Specific Feeding Behavior in Invasive Filter-Feeding Bigheaded Carps, here.
Graduate student Mike Verhoeven received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research on aquatic invasive plant management. Mike is focusing on the effectiveness of controlling invasive species to boost native species, which you can learn more about here.
Undergraduate student Carli Wagner received first place in the student poster contest at the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society’s annual meeting. She presented on how starry stonewort remains viable following herbicide treatments, which you can learn more about here.
MAISRC in the News
- Lake Koronis is test lab in fight against invasive species (Minnesota Public Radio News)
- Aquatic Invasive Species spotlight (Pioneer Sportsman)
- Great Lakes vulnerable to outbreak of fish virus (Great Lakes Echo)
- Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors (Access Minnesota)
- Our mindset is the biggest obstacle to achieving success against aquatic invasive species (MinnPost)
- U of M's Donn Branstrator on spiny waterflea (WTIP Radio)
- First silver carp, the 'flying' invasive fish, is captured in St. Croix (Star Tribune)
- Registration for Citizens Aquatic Invasive Species program now open (Detroit Lakes Online)
- A tale of two fish: DNR reports first silver carp capture on St. Croix (Stillwater Gazette)