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Asian carp expert Duane Chapman to deliver Oct. 8 lecture in St. Paul

The lecture is entitled ‘The Biology and Management of Asian Carp: Lessons for Minnesota’

September 19, 2013

Duane Chapman, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist who is a national leader in efforts to study, control and prevent the spread of Asian carp, will deliver a free, public lecture in St. Paul on Oct. 8.

Chapman, who leads research on Asian carp at the USGS Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Mo., has edited two books and published dozens of scholarly articles on invasive Asian carp and the threats they pose to native fish and other aquatic life.

He is a recent past president of the Introduced Fish Section of the American Fisheries Society, and Chair of Research and Risk Assessment for the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.  He led drafting of the "Control" section of a national plan for the management of Asian carp, and was the science lead for the United States in a U.S.-Canadian assessment of the risk the Great Lakes face from the carp.

Chapman’s lecture, titled "The Biology and Management of Asian Carp: Lessons for Minnesota," will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the theater of the Student Center on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. The Student Center is at 2017 Buford Ave.

The lecture is sponsored by the Freshwater Society, the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the university, and the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Chapman’s presentation will be the 12th lecture on water and the environment in a speaker series that honors the late Malcolm Moos, a former university president.

Register to attend at www.freshwater.org.

Chapman has researched four Asian carp species – bighead, black, grass and silver -- that have spread up the Mississippi River and its tributaries since they escaped or were released from fish farms on the lower Mississippi. He will offer a short history of the Asian carp invasion of the United States, discuss their biology, and describe how it drives their effects on environments they invade. He will discuss options, including emerging technologies, for control of the invasion.

A panel of Minnesota experts, will appear with Chapman and join him in taking questions from the lecture audience.

The panel includes: Dr. Peter Sorensen, science director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive pecies Research Center; Dr. John Anfinson, chief of resource management for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and a leader in efforts fight the spread of Asian carp into Minnesota; Christine Goepfert, Upper Midwest program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association and a leader in the Stop Carp Coalition; and Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

About the Freshwater Society
The Freshwater Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people to value, conserve and protect water resources. Located in Excelsior, Minn., it has a long history of association with the University of Minnesota. Learn more at www.freshwater.org.

About the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
The College of Biological Sciences provides education and conducts research in all areas of biology, from molecules to ecosystems, supporting applications in medicine, renewable energy, ecosystem management, agriculture and biotechnology. Learn more at www.cbs.umn.edu.

About the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center was founded in 2012 to develop tools to measure, control and eradicate a wide range of invasive species, both plants and animals. Learn more at www.maisrc.umn.edu.

About the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences studies ways to provide food, fuel, feed and fiber that are healthy, safe, accessible and sustainable while protecting our natural resources and improving soil, air and water quality. Learn more at www.cfans.umn.edu.

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