View of the SAFL building from the river

During the academic year, SAFL hosts weekly seminars on various topics related to environmental, geophysical and biological fluid mechanics and engineering featuring presenters from academia, government agencies and industry. These seminars are free and open to the public. Join us to learn about the latest research advancements and network with contacts in the field.


SAFL seminars are be held on Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the SAFL Auditorium. 

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To watch a live videostream (if available) click here. 


Upcoming Seminars:

Oct. 24

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony

2015 Award Recipient: Filip Schuurman, dissertation completed at The Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

Keynote speaker: Gary Parker, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 


The Role of Salt in the Subaqueous Construction of Continental Margins

Oct. 31

Lucinda Johnson, Associate Director, Land, Water, and Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth


Nov. 07

James Cotner, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota


Nov. 14

Edward Silberman Award Ceremony


Nov. 21 No Seminar - Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 28

Vinod Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota


Dec. 05

Stephen DeLong, Supervisory Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey



Past Seminars:

Oct. 17

Christopher Ellis, Senior Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Dams, Daphnia, and Dinosaurs - a 35 Year Retrospective of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Oct. 10

Petra DeWall, MnDOT State Waterway Engineer and Nicole Bartelt, MnDOT Hydraulic Design Engineer

Underwater Visualization using 3D sonar equipment

Oct. 03

Fiona Clubb, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh

From hillslopes to floodplains: controls on fluvial networks in mountainous landscapes

Sep. 26

Mae Davenport, Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota


Please note: Recording starts in the middle of introduction.

Minnesota Narratives of Extreme Weather, Urban Runoff, and Climate Adaptation

Sep. 19

Xiang Cheng, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota

From Flocking Birds to Swarming Bacteria: A Study of the Dynamics of Active Fluids

May. 02

Qingfeng Feng, Visiting PhD Researcher, Tsinghua University

Models and Experiments of Internal Erosion

Apr. 25

Poornima Natarajan, Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Reducing Internal Phosphorus Loading in Minnesota Lakes- Can augmenting iron in lake sediment help?

Apr. 18

Nels Nelson Award Ceremony

Distinguished Lecture: Robert Jacobson, Senior Research Hydrologist, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center

Award Recipient: Tyler Olsen, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering

Need to Know, Nice to Know – Focusing Science for Restoration and Management of the Missouri River

Apr. 11

Katy Barnhart, Institute for Artic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado-Boulder

A tale of two (contradictory?) poles: What happens when people are exposed to seemingly contradictory information about sea ice and climate change

Apr. 04

Francis Rengers, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Using reduced complexity models to estimate debris flow timing in post-wildfire watersheds