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:

Jan. 23

Edward Silberman Award Ceremony and Seminar

Silberman Award Recipient: Michael Heisel, PhD Candidate in Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Keynote Speaker: Elie Bou-Zeid, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University


Buoyancy modulation and scalar transport in turbulent flows over smooth and rough walls

Jan. 30

James Cotner, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Microbial stoichiometry and interactions with our changing climate

Feb. 06 TBA

Feb. 13

Shahram Missaghi, Associate Extension Professor, University of Minnesota


Feb. 20

Alvin Anderson Award Ceremony: 

Award Winner: Gerald Salter, PhD Student in Earth Sciences (advisor Chris Paola)


Keynote Speaker: Jeff Nittrouer, Assistant Professor in Earth, Environmental, and Engineering at Rice University



Feb. 27 TBA

Mar. 06

Michele Guala, SAFL Associate Director of Research, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota


Mar. 13 Spring Break - No Seminar

Mar. 20 TBA

Mar. 27 TBA


Past Seminars:

Dec. 05

Stephen DeLong, Supervisory Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Fault zone structure and kinematics from lidar, radar, and imagery: Revealing new details along the greater San Andreas Fault System

Nov. 28

Vinod Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Mixing and Atomization in Multiphase Flows with Insights from Linear Stability

Nov. 21 No Seminar - Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 14

Lucia Levers, Research Associate, Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota

Bio-economic Modeling in Water Resources

Nov. 07

Elisabeth Steel, Post-doctoral Researcher, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

The Role of Buoyancy Reversal in Turbidite Deposition and Submarine Fan Morphology: Examples from Flume Experiments, Quaternary Deposits, and the Ancient Rock Record

Oct. 31 No seminar

Oct. 24

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony

2015 Award Recipient: Filip Schuurman, dissertation completed at the Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

Keynote speaker: Gary Parker, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 


The Role of Salt in the Subaqueous Construction of Continental Margins

Oct. 17

Christopher Ellis, Senior Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Dams, Daphnia, and Dinosaurs - a 35 Year Retrospective of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Oct. 10

Petra DeWall, MnDOT State Waterway Engineer and Nicole Bartelt, MnDOT Hydraulic Design Engineer

Underwater Visualization using 3D sonar equipment

Oct. 03

Fiona Clubb, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh

From hillslopes to floodplains: controls on fluvial networks in mountainous landscapes