The Indiana Water Resources Research Center (IWRRC) hosts webinars to inform Indiana water researchers, conservationists, students, and beyond about pertinent water-related topics.  Please see our upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars below.  If you have ideas for a webinar that IWRRC should host, please contact us.

Upcoming Webinars:

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 12:00PM Eastern

Speaker and topic information coming.

Past Webinars

Complexities in Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms

Predicting when and where conditions are ripe for harmful algal blooms would ideally reduce the bloom’s impact on water quality and mitigation costs. So, why is harmful algal bloom prediction so complex?

This webinar featured presentations from Justin Chaffin, Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator at Stone Laboratory at The Ohio State University, and Katie Foreman, Physical Scientist at the US EPA. The discussion focused on their research on the ecology and physiology of harmful algal blooms and how this work can be used to help solve the prediction puzzle!

Aired November 3, 2021

Nearshore Attached Filamentous Algal Blooms: A New and Growing Problem

Our July HAB webinar featured Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, Professor of Biological Sciences at Wright State University, who discussed her work on filamentous algal blooms and the rising threat they pose for nearshore habitats in lakes with high water quality. Dr. Vadeboncoeur discussed groundwater pollution, lake food webs, and the role of the public in better understanding this new threat to some of the world’s most iconic lakes.

Aired July 7, 2021

Informing Conservation Adoption using Social Indicators Data

Dr. Linda Prokopy will provide an overview of what the science tells us about farmers' conservation decision-making. She will then provide an update on social indicators studies conducted around Indiana and how you can access and use the studies' results to inform conservation adoption.

Aired June 17, 2021

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Public Health

This webinar featured presentations from Victoria Christensen, Research Hydrologist with the USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center and Virginia Roberts, Epidemiologist with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Discussion focused on models to predict cyanotoxin mixtures that pose a human exposure risk and the CDC’s One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System.

Aired May 5, 2021

Identifying and Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

The Algal Bloom Action Team is hosting a webinar series as a follow-up to January’s virtual symposium highlighting the latest HAB research.  Our March speakers were:

  • Christopher Jones, IIHR Research Engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa
  • Greg Druschel, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Aired March 3, 2021

Dr. Keith Cherkauer, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University introduced the new State of Indiana Waters website and showed how to use the website to monitor current water conditions, review a summary of the new water year, and view long-term surface and ground water trends.

Aired November 7, 2019

We hosted two of our past IWRRC small grants funding (104B) recipients to present on their research projects focusing on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Our first presenter was Dr. Nathan Bosch, Grace College Professor and Director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams.  Dr. Bosch will discuss the results of his project, Quantification of tributary nutrient transport and HABs in Lake Wawasee, Indiana's largest natural lake.

Our second presenter, Dr. Zhi (George) Zhou, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Purdue University, presented his project, Effects of viruses on the development of harmful algal blooms.

Aired October 22, 2019

Agriculture, water & conservation in the Saginaw Bay Watershed: Results from a social science evaluation of the agricultural and conservation community

Presented by Linda Prokopy, Ph.D., Purdue University and Francis Eanes, Ph.D., Bates College

In 2016, Purdue University conducted surveys and interviews with agricultural producers, crop advisors (CAs), and conservation professionals in the Saginaw Bay watershed. This webinar shares the results from this research, including:

  • Information on relationships and trust between farmers and crop advisors regarding conservation
  • Key barriers preventing crop advisors from engaging in conservation

Aired: September 28, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Michigan State University's Institute of Water Research

*This webinar is approved for CEUs for CCA, CPAg, CPSS, and CPSC for 0.5 CEU SW and 0.5 CEU CM.  To receive CEUs, registration is required here.

National Competitive Grants (104G) through USGS and NIWR: Information on the new pre-proposal format, experience of past proposal attempts and success, and tips learned from review panels.

Presented by Linda Prokopy, Ph.D., Laura Bowling, Ph.D, and Ron Turco, Ph.D., Purdue University

Aired: January 23, 2017