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Research Brief: Complex river networks better support stable watershed populations

A river's waterfall.

Researchers explored how complex river systems underpin watershed-scale populations.

Bell Museum’s Mammoth Grand Opening Weekend July 13-15, 2018

Mammoth closeup

The renovated Bell Museum features a 21st century facility, world-famous exhibits, and all-new displays and programs.

Research Brief: New approach boosts effort to scale up biodiversity monitoring

Fields and trees at Cedar Creek Reserve.

Measuring the plant diversity using spectral data promises to improve efforts to predict how well ecosystems function.

Branching out

Jared Rubenstein stands next to a tree identified through his Campus Trees project.

Jared Rubinstein taps into his own curiosity to teach us all about trees on campus.

The global earthworm invasion

Adrian Wackett samples soil.

Work by University of Minnesota researchers is helping us understand earthworm invasion as a global issue.

Research Brief: Freshwater ecosystems filter pollutants before they reach oceans

Freshwater ecosystems filter some of the excess pollutants out of the water before it reaches the ocean.

Researchers use wild rice to predict health of Minnesota lakes and streams

wild rice man in front of boat

Sulfate from human activity can transform into toxic sulfide and increase harmful elements including mercury in fish.

A climatologist for the people

Mark Seeley

After 40 years of connecting with Minnesotans around their favorite topic, Mark Seeley is retiring in February.

UMN’s new Main Energy Plant helps reduce campus emissions by 50 percent

Main Energy Plant, University of Minnesota

Main Energy Plant allows U to operate as an energy island so critical services can be maintained if there are outages.

Study: Too many nutrients make microbes less responsive

A microscope

Microbes that “grow up” in lakes with excess nutrients are less able to absorb added nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon.

From Alaska to Amazonia: first global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth

Forest

Detailed global maps of key traits in plants are available for the first time, thanks to work led by CFANS researchers.

Renewable coal on the horizon

Briquettes of “renewable coal” resemble charcoal.

UMD researchers are developing a renewable substitute for coal.

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