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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
Desariah Santillanez in firefighting gear.

From tragedy to bravery

After watching her childhood home go up in flames, Desariah Santillanez pursued a career in natural resources, fighting fires along the way.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jennifer Ringold standing in front of a Minneapolis lake and the city's skyline

Parks proud

Helping build on Minneapolis parks’ reputation for excellence is all in a day’s work for Jennifer Ringold.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Two University of Minnesota students named 2016 Goldwater Scholars

Two undergraduates in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have been named 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. The scholarship awards up to $7500 per year for two years of undergraduate study. Both Scholars are juniors enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering and the University Honors Program.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities