Fuglestad Lecture on Health of Our Rivers
Nov 02, 2009FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DR. WILLIAM TODT, chair/associate professor, biology
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA PRESENTS FUGLESTAD LECTURE ON
THE HEALTH OF OUR RIVERS
The Concordia College Department of Biology presents the 28th annual Professor R.E. Fuglestad Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center. Dr. Luther Aadland ’79 will discuss “The Health of Our Rivers: Reflections of Our Culture.”
Aadland is a river ecologist and fluvial geomorphologist, a scientist who studies the landforms created and shaped by rivers and streams. He has nearly 30 years of experience in river restoration, including stabilizing a riverbank along Interstate 94, creating a habitat for smallmouth bass and other species while at the same time protecting the interstate from eventual collapse.
Aadland has also designed numerous fish passages in Minnesota, including conversion of the Red River’s Midtown Dam to rapids. Prior to his work, the dam had caused at least 19 drowning deaths, as well as blocked fish migrations. Aadland’s new Rock Arch Rapids design eliminated the hydraulic roller, restored fish passage and provided a safe environment for people. Since its completion in 1998, no one has drowned at the site.
Aadland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Concordia, followed by a Master of Science degree in zoology from North Dakota State University, Fargo. He earned a doctorate in biology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
The Fuglestad Lectureship was established in 1982 in memory of R.E. “Ed” Fuglestad, who served the Concordia College biology department for 43 years.