Program subject to change.
Field trip fees are separate from conference registration.
Conference registration is not required to attend a field trip.
Details will be added as they become available

All times CST.

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Monday, November 14 | Time TBD | Price TBD

The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) is an interdisciplinary fluid mechanics research lab and educational facility under the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. At SAFL, students, faculty, scientists and engineers study water, wind, and a whole lot more. With SAFL’s unique location on the Mississippi River, the Lab is able to utilize the natural 50 feet of water drop of Owámniyomni (St. Anthony Falls) to let 2,200 gallons of river water run through the building every second for experiments. Take a tour of the Lab to learn about our history, experiments, and current cutting-edge research.

Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

Monday, November 14 | Time TBD | Price TBD

Located on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) Containment Lab is a state-of-the-art facility supporting lab-based aquatic invasive species research. The lab features:27 large fish tanks and 50+ aquaria, 4 plant growth chambers, and multiple dedicated rooms for invasive aquatic plants, invertebrates, fish, and pathogens and microbes. Tour participants will get the chance to see and learn about several current MAISRC projects in the lab, including herbicide challenge tests for hybrid watermilfoil, genetic biocontrol methods for zebra mussel control, invasive carp social conditioning deterrent studies, and more.

Invasive Fish and Stormwater Pollution Management

Monday, November 14 | Time TBD | Price TBD

Goldfish are becoming more of a problematic invasive species in Minnesota and around the country, yet not much is actually known about how their populations behave and thrive in watershed settings. Likely being introduced as unwanted pets, goldfish have the ability to survive nearly impossible conditions and then appear to take advantage of water bodies vacated by fish kills. Once they’ve taken over, they appear to occupy a food niche and displace native fish that normally would be utilizing that niche. In conjunction with this food web disruption, their foraging behavior, similar to common carp, may be contributing to significant poor water quality due to bioturbation of sediments and uprooting of native aquatic habitat. Although much has been studied and invested in common carp management, it is relatively unknown at this point if similar techniques are appropriate for goldfish and what impacts can be seen when goldfish are managed to non-impactful levels while improving balanced native fish populations. Our project with Nine Mile Creek Watershed District is investigating some of these questions and hopes to combine with simultaneous water quality BMPs installed on the Cornelia Lake watershed in Edina, Minnesota to restore a highly recreated urban setting.

Happy Fish Aquaponics

Monday, November 14 | Time TBD | Price TBD

Description to come