MAISRC AIS Research and Management Showcase

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, September 25, 2024
MAISRC returns to in-person event
St. Paul Student Center, St Paul, MN


Zebra mussel mobile lab

Thank you to all our fellows, graduate fellows, staff, and attendees for a wonderful 2023 AIS Research and Management Showcase! 

About the 2023 event:

  • Tickets are $25. If ticket cost is a barrier, email MAISRC to request a free ticket.
  • Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
  • Platform: Zoom (Accessible from anywhere)
  • Registration Link:
  • Schedule:
  • Presenter's biographies:
  • Presentation abstracts:
  • All sessions will be live streamed. All sessions will be recorded.
  • Recorded talks will be uploaded to the MAISRC YouTube channel and made available to Showcase attendees after the event, with ticketed attendees receiving priority access.
  • At the end of each session, there will be time for a live Q&A with the presenting researcher(s).
  • Sessions are concurrent - there will be three sessions to choose from per time slot. (Remember, talks are being recorded, so you will be able to view them all later!)

If you have any questions about the AIS Research and Management Showcase, please email MAISRC:  
 [email protected]



Web Room 1

Web Room 2

Web Room 3

8:30 - 9:00 AM




9:15 - 10 AM

Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Species - Understanding Attitudes and Risk Perceptions

County collaborations for watercraft inspection planning

Frameworks for Modeling AIS Distribution and Spread


Kiley Davan and David Fulton

Amy Kinsley and Selina Cai

John Fieberg and Alex Bajcz

10:15 - 11 AM

Costs and benefits of AIS prevention in Minnesota

Lightning Round 1:

Attitudes toward RNAi methods for controlling invasive carp; Zebra mussel impacts on fish mercury concentrations; Surveillance and control of Chytrid fungi in Minnesota amphibians

Visitor and business perspectives about aquatic invasive species


Nick Phelps

David Fulton, Gretchen Hansen, Amy Kinsley

Amit Pradhananga

11:15 - 12 PM

Low Dose Copper to Reduce Zebra Mussel Recruitment

Optimizing eDNA monitoring for multiple aquatic invasive species

Lightning Round 2: Culturing Microalgae to Support Aquatic Invasive Control Species, Developing streamlined detection assays for invasive fish pathogens, Genetic control of Grass Carp through RNA interference


Diane Waller and Matthew Barbour

Christopher Rounds and Anna Tosch

Ben Minerich, Isaiah Tolo, James Wamboldt and Chris Merkes

12 - 1:15 PM

Lunch break

1:15 - 2 PM

Beyond the sign: Observing angler behaviors to inform prevention message development

Developing RNA-interference based genetic biocontrol tools for invasive zebra mussels


Building a centralized database of watermilfoil strain geographic distribution and herbicide response for use in management decision-making


Ingrid Schneider

Daryl Gohl

Ray Newman, Ryan Thum, and Ashley Wolfe

2:15 - 3 PM

Lightning Round 3: Evaluating CO2/sound bigheaded carp deterrents in model lock/dam,  Effective Rusty Crayfish Removals to Protect Wild Rice, Cultivating resilience: native revegetation for AIS resistance

Can mechanical removal of invasive cattails benefit fish communities?

Interference in Microbial Signaling to Mitigate the Spread of AIS


Al Mensinger, Amanda Weberg and Liz Anderson, Abha Panda

Amy Schrank

Mikael Elias

3:15 - 4 PM

Acoustic Conditioning in Common Carp to Accelerate Removal and Reduce Cost

Genetic method for control of invasive fish species

Multibeam sonar zebra mussel mapping: Method development



Przemek Bajer and   
Rebecca Bullers

Julie Badger

Jessica Kozarek




Videos from the 2022 MAISRC AIS Research and Management Showcase


Funding for the annual research and management showcase is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).