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Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is a University of Minnesota field station dedicated to research and teaching on how ecosystems work, with an eye to cultivating an appreciation of their value and preservation for future generations. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities at and about Itasca.

Layered lakes fuel microbial hotspots

Some lakes in the area resemble the iron-rich and stratified ancient oceans, attracting attention from researchers who want to know why.


It should come as no surprise that plentiful lakes draw many researchers to the Itasca region. The fact that some are drawn to lakes because they resemble iron-rich oceans of a bygone era might come as a surprise.

Excuse you, lake

Study points to microbes below lake surfaces as source of nitrogen gases.

Brianna-Loeks-Johnson holds samples

Loeks-Johnson turned a collection of filters left over from sampling lake water into a display that greets visitors to the lab. The colors reflect the variation in the amount of iron, salt, fertilizer and other matter present in the water. Photo: Jonathan Pavlica

2020 Itasca Research Internship Program awarded to Logan Stech from White Earth Reservation

Itasca Research Internship Program welcomes high school intern this July.


Logan Stech has been named the 2020 high school intern for the Itasca Research Internship Program that is for a student of the White Earth Reservation. He will be part of three-week internship in July 2020 working with Jessica Gutierrez, Scientist and graduate student in Ecology, Evolution and Biology at the University of Connecticut.

Big River Continuum Gets a Boost

Itasca-based artist exchange receives grant to expand reach in local communities. 

Big River Continuum -- a collaboration between Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories (IBSL) and A Studio in the Woods -- recently received a grant through the University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) program that aims to support sustainability work across the state. The grant will support engagement related to the program in communities near the station. 

Big River Continuum

A field station and and artist residency at opposite ends of the Mississippi River launch a scientist-artist exchange to explore our connection to — and impact on — the iconic waterway.

Ships on Mississippi River

Get to Know Itasca's Lindsey Blake

Get to know Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories' Senior Lab Technician Lindsey Blake! If you visit, you may see her around the Station - be sure to say hello.
Lindsey Blake
When did you start working at Itasca? I started working at the Itasca Station in Spring of 2017 as the Senior Lab Technician.  

Itasca Director's Report - Spring 2019

Spring is springing - the dining bell is ringing. This is a special time of year in the north woods, concluding what many call ‘mud season’ but what I call the ‘spring frolic.’ This is when sandhill cranes headed to greener fields fly over trumpeter swans settling in for summer. Barred owls’ hoots are throaty and yearning.