We believe that humans can live sustainably with our aquatic resources, ensuring plentiful clean water for future human generations while also supporting the ecosystems that we value and that support our recreation, businesses, and industries. Our teams develop tools and techniques that help society move into this sustainable future, characterizing, measuring and documenting the improvements made along the way. We also provide research, methods development, new technologies, and analysis services to support this vision and our clients.
Develop science-based tools, materials and technologies to assess and protect our water resources, and restore them if degraded.
Unique Strengths, Expertise and Capabilities
Our interdisciplinary team of experts in data science and the fundamental biological and chemical aquatic sciences work together to develop various applications for natural and engineered aquatic systems, including aquatic ecosystem restoration, water treatment and remediation, and water quality monitoring and management. By incorporating an understanding of natural environmental processes, science and engineering fundamentals, we apply a systems-based approach to develop holistic solutions to pressing environmental problems.
- Freshwater Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Lab: Faunal AIS, fish, aquatic macroinvertebrates, zooplankton research
- Lake and Stream Ecosystem Ecology Lab: State-certified water chemistry analyses
- Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab: Microbial solutions to environmental pollution
- Environmental Chemistry Lab: Researching contamination solutions
- Phytoplankton and Paleolimnology Lab: Using algae to indicate environmental conditions
- Water Treatment Pilot lab: Beneficial reuse of waste materials
Featured Research Projects
A risk-based classification and map of watersheds contributing anthropogenic stress to Great Lakes coastal ecosystems.
Helping decision-makers prioritize where to restore and protect wetlands in Minnesota.
A comprehensive aquatic invasive species (AIS) presence database for St. Louis County lakes to help identify which may be at risk for new AIS introduction.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $3 million to NRRI in June to fund monitoring of the bottom of the food chain in the Great Lakes.
Aquatic ecologist’s career wades into streams and shorelines to understand freshwater resources
NRRI Researcher 3: Environmental Chemistry
Job Opening: 346384
Supervisor: Bridget Ulrich
Open until filled
NRRI Post-Doctoral Associate (9546)
Job Opening: 345517
Supervisor: Chan Lan Chun
This position will remain opened until filled
Collecting the eDNA of invasive species informs prevalence and spread in Northern Minnesota lakes
NRRI receives $2.33M from the EPA to support research teams that monitor shorelines from Thunder Bay to Green Bay.
Large numbers of tiny things can be a big problem. Applied Limnologist Chris Filstrup digs into the data of harmful algae blooms.
For three UMD undergrads, classroom learning comes alive doing NRRI field and lab work.
Bottom of food web keeps aquatic scientist Elizabeth Alexson at the top of her game.
Ballast water testing lab on Lake Superior reopens; regulations to keep tiny water invaders out of Great Lakes challenged
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