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:

Oct. 25

Carrie Jennings, Research and Policy Director, Freshwater Society

A Slippery Slope: Towards Better Understanding and Prediction of At-Risk Hillsides in Minnesota

Nov. 01

Dionysios Angelidis, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Applied Program Leader, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Solution of the 3D unsteady incompressible Navier-Stokes equations on adaptively refined grids : Challenges and Insights

Nov. 08 No seminar

Nov. 15

Edward Silberman Award Ceremony and Seminar

Distinguished Lecturer: Fabrice Veron, Associate Director, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering and Associate Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware


Silberman Award Recipient: Maria Garcia-Serrana, PhD Candidate in Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Nov. 29

Ardeshir Ebtehaj, Assistant Professor, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering


Dec. 06

Qingfeng Feng, Phd Candidate, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University

Modeling works and their verification in the field of flood and relevant natural hazards

Jan. 24

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

Climate change adaptation: ecological responses and ecological tools


Past Seminars:

Oct. 18

Stefan Liess, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota

Climate Variability and Extreme Events: Droughts and Typhoons

Oct. 11

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony and Distinguished Seminar

Distinguished Straub Lecturer: Dr. Steven Ceccio, ABS Professor of Marine and Offshore Design and Performance and the Department Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan


Bubbly Shock Propagation and the Transition to Partial Cavity Shedding

Oct. 04

Andrew Wickert, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

How the Ice Sheets of North America rerouted rivers, carved valleys, and changed global climate

Sep. 27

Daniel Foti, PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Wake meandering of a model wind turbine operating in two different operating regimes

Sep. 20

Pete Marchetto, Assistant Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota

Mass Flow Sensing for the Masses and Other Tales of Citizen Science Instrumentation

May. 03

Anvar Gilmanov, Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Methodology of Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction with Applications for Complex Nonlinear Problems.

Apr. 26

Zachary Lebo, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming

Aerosols and Deep Convective Clouds: Have We "Resolved" the Problem?

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