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Jim Ashton: Turnaround Guy

Posted on April 6th, 2015

After a long day of duck hunting on the Mississippi River, the Ashton men gathered in the family’s small cabin for food, camaraderie, and male bonding. As the youngest son, Jim Ashton relished the chance to kick back with his father, two older brothers, and uncles around the fire. Once everyone was relaxed, one of […]

Carrie Davis: Playing in the Mud

Posted on April 3rd, 2015

by Shianne Gruss Penny Davis likes to say that her daughter Caroline never grew out of the sandbox. Today, Carrie Davis, an assistant research scientist at IIHR— Hydroscience & Engineering, often spends her days knee-deep in riverbeds, monitoring water quality. Before joining IIHR as a postdoc in 2011, Davis was a contract geologist for Iowa […]

Llamas works with his curved spiral antenna design in the IIHR Wind Tunnel Annex.

Success among Friends

Posted on December 18th, 2014

IIHR research assistant Ruben LLamas helped design a curved spiral antenna for the multidisciplinary freshwater mussel research initiative at the University of Iowa.

STEM/K-12 Education

Posted on September 5th, 2014

LACMRERS is an important educational resource for students in many fields of study, including engineering, biology, English, and more. A water-quality class is held every summer at LACMRERS, with significant time spent in the field on the Mississippi River. Short courses for international students are a popular new innovation at LACMRERS, and a recent STEM […]

A Celebration of Discovery

Posted on May 30th, 2014

LACMRERS welcomed hundreds of K-12 students and their families (and Herky!) to the IExploreSTEM Festival, giving students the chance to experience science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) hands-on.

Mussels Serve as Water-Quality Sensors

Posted on November 12th, 2013

Why would a mollusk wear a backpack? For decades, IIHR has had a love affair with the freshwater mussel. Once students dig their first mussel from the Mississippi River mud, they are hooked. IIHR researchers have led countless mussel-based research projects, including efforts to re-establish endangered species in Midwestern rivers. At LACMRERS, a display of […]

"Tree-hugging" students investigate the 2008 flood line evident on an oak tree. (L to R): Zach Wendland, Maddison Wignall, and Alena Newgren.

IIHR Hosts Honors Workshop

Posted on October 6th, 2013

IIHR hosted one of 16 Honors Primetime workshops held for incoming first-year honors students before the official start of classes this fall.

Species Suitability Indices

Posted on September 13th, 2013

Habitat studies evaluate a particular ecosystem to define whether or not it is suitable for a particular species to survive. The studies use biological and hydrodynamic parameters to characterize optimal conditions for a species’ survival. The figure below shows one of the parameters that describes Habitat Suitability for vegetation in Pool 8 in the Mississippi […]

Historical Modeling of Pool Eight

Posted on September 13th, 2013

The objective of this research was to compare historical and current conditions in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River. A comparison of different discharges over different bathymetries was conducted. The results can be very helpful to restoration attempts on Pool 8. Also, they can be used to study possible management actions to restore an ecosystem. […]

Sampling and Monitoring

Posted on September 11th, 2013

IIHR Assistant Research Scientist Carrie Davis is leading an effort to develop a real-time water-quality monitoring program on Iowa rivers, and at Lake Odessa in Louisa County, Iowa. Read more about Davis’ research … Species concentrations in real time Monitoring Lake Odessa What is the influence of Lake to high nitrate concentration taken from the […]

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