The Fall 2021 seminar series will take place either virtually on Zoom, or in a hybrid format on Zoom and in person in 415 Soil Science.
Lectures will be recorded and shared here and on our YouTube channel.
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|Format||Date, Title, and Speaker|
|Virtual||Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 4 PM
Getting to the Heart of Science Communication
Faith Kearns, scientist and science communication practitioner
|Virtual||Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 4 PM
Hydroclimate of the Americas: Land Surface Effects on the Overlying Atmosphere
Francina Dominguez, Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois
|Virtual||Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 4 PM
Wind climatology at the Rosemount, MN wind energy research field site
Katherine Klink, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society, University of Minnesota
|Hybrid||Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 4 PM
Cara Santelli, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota
|Hybrid||Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 4 PM
SWAC faculty lightning talks
Kyungsoo Yoo, Professor and Peter Neff, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota
|Hybrid||Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 4 PM
Phyto-remediation of arsenic in urban agricultural soils
Sarick Matzen, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota
|Hybrid||Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 4 PM
LAAS graduate student lightning talks
Andrea Elvir Flores, Azucena Sierra Garcia, and Madeline Vogel
Recordings are available for many past seminars; click the link in the talk title.
Several speakers addressed themes of environmental justice and diversity in environmental science. Speakers marked with an asterisk (*) spoke broadly on these themes. You can read SWAC's statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion here.
|Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 3:30 PM
SWAC Faculty Lightning Talks: Jess Gutknecht and Dylan Millet
|Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 3:30 PM
*Sally Pusede, Assistant Professor, Dept of Environmental Science, UVA
|Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 3:30 PM
Andrea Basche, Assistant Professor, Dept of Agronomy and Horticulture, UNL
|Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 3:30 PM
*Shalini Gupta, Researcher, Writer, and Environmental Justice Advocate
|Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 3:30 PM
LAAS Graduate Student Lightning Talks: Luis Allen, Jonathan Birkel, and Manny Sabbagh
|Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 3:30 PM
*Claudia Muñoz-Zanzi, Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, UMN
|Postponed: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 3:30 PM
*Cara Santelli, Associate Professor, Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UMN
|Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 3:30 PM
Tamara Walsky, Graduate Student, UMN Water Resources Science Graduate Program
Wednesday, September 16 | 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 21 | 3:30 PM
Wednesday, November 4 | 3:30 PM
Wednesday, November 11 | 3:30 PM
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:30 PM
Wednesday, December 9 | 3:30 PM
January 29, 2020
February 5, 2020
February 19, 2020
|February 26, 2020
Oliver Chadwick, UCSB
"Connections Between Soil Properties and Polynesian Land Use"
|March 4, 2020
Abimbola Ojekanmi, USDA – ARS
"Impact of corn stover retention on soil organic carbon and soil quality"
|(Additional seminars were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)|
|September 18, 2019
"Supporting precision farming with Earth observation technology"
Dr. Jiali Shang, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
October 2, 2019
October 16, 2019
|October 30, 2019
"A climate reality story and lessons from an experimental mesocosm facility"
Lee Miller, LAAS Graduate Student, Dept. of Soil, Water, & Climate, UMN
|November 13, 2019
"Mechanisms of chromium removal from industrial stormwater via peat sorption"
Brandy Stewart, Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Soil, Water, & Climate, UMN
|November 20, 2019
"Water meets plants, geochemistry, and people: A journey through vulnerable environments"
Gene-Hua Crystal Ng, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UMN
|December 4, 2019
"Agriculture's effects on human health via reduced air quality"
Jason Hill, Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, UMN
|February 13, 2019
"Conservation ag at a pace and scale that matters"
Leif Fixen, Agriculture Strategy Manager, The Nature Conservancy
|February 27, 2019
"Sustainable management of ecohydrological systems under climate variability"
Xue Feng, Assistant Professor, UMN Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
|March 13, 2019
"Soils as environmental barometers: From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene"
Mark Bowen, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Minnesota State University, Mankato
|March 27, 2019
"Flow, transport, and reaction in porous and fractured media: Bridging the gap between scales and processes"
Peter Kang, Assistant Professor, UMN Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
|April 17, 2019
"Soil phosphatases as the ‘bio’ in phosphorus biogeochemistry" (Slides, PDF)
Andrew Margenot, Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
|April 24, 2019
"Hydrologic influences on solute and sediment chemistry exported from mixed-landuse watersheds"
Diana Karwan, Assistant Professor, UMN Forest Resources Science
|May 1, 2019
"Wildfire smoke in your backyard: chemistry and emission"
Lu Hu, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Chemistry at University of Montana
|January 24, 2018
"Managing Minnesota's changing climatology and the case for myopia"
Kenny Blumenfeld, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
|February 7, 2018
"On-farm environmental assessment of corn silage production systems receiving liquid dairy manure"
Joshua Gamble, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
|February 21, 2018
"Science in seconds" and "Use of chemical and microbe-based additives in the N management of irrigated potato crop cultivated in sandy soils"
LAAS Graduate Students and Dr. Emerson Souza
|March 7, 2018
"The synoptic controls on tornadic activity in Minnesota"
|March 21, 2018
"Stover harvest impact on nitrous oxide emission from corn and soybean growing in no-till field"
|April 4, 2018
"Fertilizer management impacts on nutrient mineralization, nutrient availability, plant growth and plant yield"
|April 18, 2018
"Bank erosion in the Minnesota River Basin and its impact on sedimentation in Lake Pepin"
Dr. Satish Gupta
|January 25, 2017
"'Worming' up the formerly glaciated world"
Adrian Wackett and Dr. Kyungsoo Yoo, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
|February 8, 2017
"Earthworms and Earth history: An introduction to the evolutionary history of earthworms, their ecological functions, and interactions with humans"
Dr. Samuel James, University of Iowa
|February 22, 2017
"Soil lead distributions across scales in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area"
Dr. Nic Jelinski, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
|March 8, 2017
"North Central United States: Climate, runoff, and flooding"
Dr. Karen Ryburg, USGS Dakota Water Science Center
March 22, 2017
Watch the five minute talks, followed by questions and answers, on YouTube:
|April 5, 2017
"Communicating science" (Slides PDF)
Stacy Nordstrom, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
|May 3, 2017
"Air pollutants change composition of floral scents and increase insect foraging times"
Dr. Jose D. Fuentes, Pennsylvania State University
|September 21, 2016
"Improving crop nitrogen management by understanding processes in the nitrogen cycle"
Dr. Fabian Fernandez, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
|October 5, 2016
"Managing salt-affected soils and the organisms that inhabit them"
Dr. Heather Dose, USDA-ARS
Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties during the recording of this seminar so a small section of the seminar was not recorded.
Recording Part 1 | Recording Part 2
|October 19, 26, and November 2, 2016
SWAC Faculty Lightning Talks
Watch all of the videos on YouTube
|November 16, 2016
"Utilizing landscape design for continual improvement of bioenergy feedstock supply systems"
Dr. Doug Karlen, USDA-ARS
|November 30, 2016
"Conservation and restoration of native freshwater mussels in the Upper Mississippi River: a research synopsis"
Dr. Teresa Newton, USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center