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Renowned U of M carp biologist Peter Sorensen to preview new Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center this Thursday in Ottertail

State-funded center to focus on providing new science-based solutions to Minnesota’s AIS problems

What: Preview of newly forming Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center by U of M biologist Peter Sorensen
When: 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
Where: Ottertail Operations Center, 469 W. Main St., Ottertail, Minn.

Contacts: Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552
Becky Beyers, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, bbeyers@umn.edu, (612) 626-5754

October 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/10/2012) - Residents, elected officials and other civic leaders of Otter Tail County will receive an overview of the newly forming Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MN AIS) by its scientific director, University of Minnesota professor Peter Sorensen, during a public presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Ottertail Operations Center, 469 W. Main St., Ottertail, Minn.

Following his remarks, Sorensen will be available to answer questions and further discuss MN AIS.

Funded by the state Legislature during the 2012 session, the MN AIS center will conduct research on the biology and ecology of the invasive species that threaten Minnesota’s aquatic ecosystems to identify key weaknesses in their life histories that can then be applied to their control. This information will be both collected and shared with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as well as government and citizen groups that will function as collaborators.

Sorensen is a specialist in carp biology and control, and a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology within the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. To complement Sorensen’s carp specialization, MN AIS will be hiring a researcher to focus on zebra mussels.

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