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.


Launching in the spring 2015 semester, SAFL seminars will be held on Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the SAFL Auditorium. 


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Upcoming Seminars:

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

Feb. 16

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

Evolution and instabilities of helical vortices in rotor wakes

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

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

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. 22

Joe Calantoni, Naval Research Laboratory


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


Apr. 05

Inaugural Heinz G. Stefan Fellowship Award Ceremony

Keynote Speaker: Dennis Ford, FTN Associates


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

Apr. 12

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


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



Past Seminars:

Feb. 02

Carrie Jennings, Glacial Geologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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

Jan. 26

Colin Phillips, Postdoctoral Scholar, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Implications of river channel self-organization for climate and landscape evolution

Dec. 08

Nicholas Thomas,Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Iowa

Simulating the hydrologic impact of distributed flood mitigation practices and tile drainage in an agricultural catchment

Dec. 01

Gene-Hua Crystal Ng, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

Field applications of hydrogeochemical modeling: What we can learn about complex interactions between transport, geochemistry, and biology

Nov. 17

Edward Silberman Award Ceremony and Seminar: Praveen Kumar, Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Award Recipients: Jon Czuba and Ashish Karn

Water-Food-Climate Squeeze: Can we (Bio)Engineer Our Way Out?

Nov. 10

Sarah Ringerud, Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Database Construction for GPM Constellation Precipitation Retrievals Using Core Satellite Combined Microwave Radar-Radiometer Observations

Nov. 03

Katsumi Matsumoto, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

Model investigation of Lake Superior circulation and biogeochemistry

Oct. 27

Christopher Zappa, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Air-Sea Gas Exchange in High Winds

Oct. 20

Trung Le, Postdoctoral Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Flow dynamics at a river confluence on Mississippi River: field measurement and large eddy simulation

Oct. 13

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony and Seminar: Dr. Stephen Monismith, Obayashi Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

2013 Lorenz G. Straub Award Recipient: Esther Eke

Salinity Intrusion in Northern San Francisco Bay: Observations and models