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This is the first in a series of profiles of IonE resident fellows highlighting the value of their collaborations across the U of M, Minnesota and the world.
Stormwater falling on paved and other impermeable surfaces is the main source of urban runoff. That water is laden with nutrients and minerals that are detrimental to the water quality of rivers and lakes.
IonE resident fellow John Gulliver, a professor in the College of Science and Engineering, has spent more than a decade working on ways to protect water from the ravages of runoff.
Do you know about the ? It calls for all waters in the European Union to be managed as river basins and for those river basins to be brought up to "good status." That's tremendous - a really forward-looking way to think about managing water. But as you can surely imagine, it's also quite a task to implement!
I was lucky enough to work with the RISKBASE group during 2009-2010 to help develop risk-based approaches for managers to guide river basins to good status. I'm not an expert in risk, nor an expert about European river basins, but I was really excited to get involved. This had the potential to bring biophysical science together with new management approaches to actually solve problems.
The annual event will bring some 3,000 scientists, policy makers and others to the Twin Cities around the theme "Sustainable Pathways: Learning From the Past and Shaping the Future."
Institute on the Environment director Jon Foley will give the open plenary address for the event, "Can Ecology Give Us a Strategic Plan for Managing Planet Earth?", Sunday at 5 p.m. In advance of Foley's talk, ESA will present its Regional Policy Award to Ellen Anderson, senior advisor to the governor on energy & environment, Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Tom Johnson, a University of Minnesota Duluth Regents professor and Institute on the Environment resident fellow, knew his work on Lake Malawi in 2005 would yield significant scientific discoveries. Now, eight years later, he and his colleagues have announced research that impacts our knowledge of the near extinction of the human race. They have determined that 75,000 years ago, the Toba volcanic eruption in Sumatra did not cause a volcanic winter or the dramatic drop in human population in Africa, as some anthropologists had proposed.