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Biochar: The Hot Material You Don't Know About

June 18, 2019

You know charcoal. (Summer picnic, anyone?) But do you know about the economic and environmental benefits of its close cousin, biochar... more

Photo by Michael Furtman: A baby woodcock chick being held in a person's hands.

Getting to the Point with Woodcock Research

June 12, 2019

The quiet, brown speckled woodcock is difficult for scientists to find in the forest for research. Enter the pointing dog.

Female sitting at cluttered lab desk with computer screen on.

NRRI Scientists Name New Algae Species

May 8, 2019

A tiny, single-celled enigma showed up in the Great Lakes and that led to the naming of a new species.

NRRI researcher Marsha Patelke working with soil in a small black plastic tub. Behind her, Kurt Johnson, peat scientist, pours soil into a tray.

Waste Resources Recycled into Specialty Soils

May 3, 2019

Soil is so much more than dirt. NRRI is seeking out local waste resources to produce soils for specific uses. 

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Faculty Retiring in 2019

April 24, 2019

Several faculty members have announced their retirements.

NRRI researcher picking up liquid from a tray using an eyedropper.

Markets for Recycled Paper, Reducing Plastics

April 5, 2019

NRRI helps inventor develop compostable food trays using local recycled paper pulp to reduce food service plastics.

Conference attendees sitting in a room, listening to a speaker: UMD/NRRI Climate Futures Conference

Change is Coming to the Northland

April 3, 2019

Climate change scenarios spur community-wide discussion about how Duluth can respond to impacts -- from infrastructure to economics.

Grey prototype of snowmobile intake manifold

Prototype Part Helps Engineer Clean Machine

March 4, 2019

NRRI's Prototype Lab has unique material to help UMD students build a cleaner snowmobile for international competition.

NRRI Senior Research Scientist Will Bartsch

Online Mapping Tool

February 28, 2019

NE MN is now captured in an online Natural Resources Atlas to allow access to hundreds of layers of data.

Artistic Image of the Great Lakes from a satellite

Will Duluth become a climate refuge city?

February 14, 2019

Climate summit addresses critical challenges and opportunities.

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