INRC Hosts Fall Series of Virtual Seminars on Water Quality Research

September 3, 2020

Prairie strips planted near Big Spirit Lake, Iowa. Photo by David Thoreson. 

AMES, Iowa - The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University begins a new series of virtual water quality research seminars, beginning Wednesday, September 23. The online events will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 23, October 28 and November 18. Sessions are free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to share this set of interesting and timely topics for this fall’s seminars, with presenters from each of the three regents’ institutions represented by INRC,” said INRC Director Matt Helmers. “We will miss gathering in person, but we are glad to continue bringing perspectives on water quality science to the research community and the interested public here in Iowa.” 

Sessions will be:

  • September 23 - Managing lakes for harmful algal blooms in the face of climate change - are we running to stay in place?  
    Presenter: Grace Wilkinson, assistant professor, Departments of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology and Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University
  • October 28 - Understanding farmer decision-making and message  preference concerning conservation practice  adoption in the Clear Creek Watershed
    Presenter: Erin O Heiden, assistant director, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, University of Northern Iowa
  • November 18 - Evaluating flood mitigation strategies in an agricultural watershed using process-based hydrologic modeling
    Presenter: Antonio Arenas Amado, associate research engineer, IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering - University of Iowa

The seminar events can be accessed live at during the presentation and will be recorded and posted on the INRC website with permission of presenters. Find the participation link, along with more information on each event’s topic and presenter, at

Questions can be directed to INRC Program Coordinator Malcolm Robertson, at Download the INRC Fall Water Research Seminar Series flyer to post or share. 

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center was established by the Iowa Board of Regents in response to legislation passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2013. The center pursues science-based approaches to areas that include evaluating the performance of current and emerging nutrient management practices and providing recommendations on implementing the practices and developing new practices. Iowa State leads the partnership that includes the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. Since its inception, the center has supported more than 103 projects.

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