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:

Apr. 19

Nels Nelson Award Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture:

Distinguished Lecturer: Harindra FernandoProfessor, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Intraseasonal Dynamics of Equatorial Atmosphere and Oceans

Apr. 12

Bonnie Keeler, Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

What is the value of Minnesota's natural capital?

Apr. 05

Inaugural Heinz G. Stefan Fellowship Award Ceremony

Keynote Speaker: Dennis Ford, President and Principal Hydrologist, FTN Associates (and one of Dr. Stefan's first graduate students!)

2016 Award Recipient: Maria Garcia-Serrana, PhD Candidate, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota (advisor John Gulliver)


Water Quality and Stratified Flow: How Density Currents Mitigate the Effects of Point and Nonpoint Loadings

Mar. 29

Jeffrey Koseff, Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Breaking Internal Waves and Turbulence on Shelf Slopes

Mar. 22

Joe Calantoni, Naval Research Laboratory

Linking scales of sediment dynamics from sand grains to the synoptic

Mar. 08

Pat Hamilton, Director of Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of Minnesota

Visualizing Change – Communicating Environmental Change at Different Scales to Public Audiences

Mar. 01

James Almendinger, Senior Scientist, St. Croix Research Station

Use of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) in the St. Croix River Basin and Scaling of Phosphorus Export Coefficients

Feb. 23

Alvin Anderson Award Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture:

Distinguished Lecturer: Heidi Nepf, Donald and Martha Harleman Professor and Margaret MacVicar Fellow, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Alvin Anderson Award Winner: Jon Schwenk, PhD Candidate


How vegetation alters water motion, and the feedbacks to environmental system structure and function

Feb. 16

Andras Nemes, Postdoctoral Scholar, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Evolution and instabilities of helical vortices in rotor wakes

Feb. 09

Lian Shen, Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Director of Research, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

High-Fidelity CFD and Applications in Environmental Fluid Flow Study