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Petri Dish: The Future of Water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Nothing is more synonymous with Minnesota than water. Our lakes and rivers are integral to our identity as a state — and they are under threat. Our panelists explore possible solutions to pervasive problems from nitrogen runoff from agricultural land to the invasive species. Join Jacques Finlay, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior who investigates the ecology of freshwater ecosystems; Steve Woods, executive director of the Freshwater Society, and Bonnie Keeler, who directs the Natural Capital Project at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment; and guest moderator College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes. The Wangensteen Historical Library will be on hand to share items from its current exhibition Underwater, which explores humans, health, and science in watery spaces. 

Location: Camp Bar, downtown St. Paul​. Doors open at 6 p.m., Program starts at 7 p.m. Music and trivia precede the program. A Black Sheep Pizza buffet available on a first-come, first-served basis. Beverages available for purchase.

Purchase tickets online at or at the door the day of the event. 

Presented in collaboration with the Bell Museum of Natural History and the Institute on the Environment. The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No PowerPoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts. 


July, 2017