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. 


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


Upcoming Seminars:

Mar. 28

Heinz G. Stefan Award Ceremony

Award Recipient: Mirko Musa, PhD Candidate, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

Distinguished Speaker: John Gulliver, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

Gismos for Stormwater Runoff

Apr. 04

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

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

Apr. 11

Katie 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. 18 TBA

Apr. 25

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


May. 02

Qingfeng Feng, Visiting PhD Researcher, Tsinghua University



Past Seminars:

Mar. 21

Ajay Limaye, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Following the threads of channels—from river valleys to the sea floor

Mar. 14 Spring Break - No Seminar

Feb. 28

Alvin Anderson Award Ceremony: 

Award Winners: Anne Wilkinson (Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering) and Abigail Tomasek (Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering)


Distinguished Lecture: Chris Rehmann, Associate Professor, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University

Transport and Mixing Near the Boundary of a Lake

Feb. 21

Craig Hill, Research Associate, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, University of


Marine renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest: Experiments in turbine loads, hydrodynamics, control strategies, and “Is that a seal!?”

Feb. 14

SAFL Staff

SAFL Grab Bag Seminar: Technological Resources for Researchers and Scientists

Feb. 07

Amy Hansen, Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

How much is enough? The potential use of wetlands to reduce agricultural nitrate losses

Feb. 02

Joe D. Manous Jr., Water Resources Engineer and Manager for International Activities for the US Army Corps of Engineers

Merging Technical Solutions with Practical Realities

Jan. 31

Emilie Snell-Rood, Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Understanding how animals cope with environmental variation and implications for anthropogenic environments

Jan. 24

Jessica Hellmann, Director, Institute on the Environment & Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Climate change adaptation: ecological responses and ecological tools

Dec. 06

Shahram Missaghi, associate extension professor, UMN extension, University of Minnesota

Influence of Fluid Motion on Blue Green Algae: Microcystis aeruginosa