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A man wearing waders holds an aquatic plant in his hands as he stands in the shallow waters of Turtle Lake.

Our Lake, Our Legacy: protecting Minnesota’s life at the lake

Lakes are a part of the people of Minnesota’s identity. We all want to protect that. But there are 13 million surface acres of water in Minnesota—and a limited number of paid professionals available to prevent the serious threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS). So U of M faculty members Megan Weber and Dan Larkin are enlisting passionate citizens to protect Minnesota’s waters. Through the innovative AIS Detectors program, volunteers like Stephen Long and Cecilia Riedman are keeping these species from spreading to the pristine waters they call home.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A wood turtle, with a largely yellow plastron (belly), is held by a person.

Turtle power

UMD researchers help put wood turtles on a fast track to better management.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Eric Middleton adorned with a few insects amidst flowers.

The ninja warrior entomologist

Ph.D. student Eric Middleton combines a lifelong love of insects and an aptitude for overcoming obstacles.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Cecilia Riedman and Stephen Long look for invasive species in the water.

Taking the plunge to fight aquatic invaders

Volunteers around the state are taking a neighborly approach in the fight against invasive species.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jared Rubenstein stands next to a tree identified through his Campus Trees project.

Branching out

Jared Rubinstein taps into his own curiosity to teach us all about trees on campus.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Adrian Wackett samples soil.

The global earthworm invasion

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