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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Upcoming Seminars:

Past Seminars:

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

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

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