University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
photo by Brady Willettephoto by Chad Zirbel

Lunch With A Scientist

Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! If weather and topic permit, the program will include a trip out onto the property to see the research project being discussed in action, so please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. This program is free and aimed at adults.

Lunch with a Scientist programs are aimed at adults, and run from 11:30am to 1pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. During the growing season (~April - September), programs are in-person and meet at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel 55005), and also stream online. During the winter (~October - March), programs are presented only as zoom webinars at Pre-registration on zoom is required to access the webinar. You may also want to register on the MN Master Naturalist website to receive Advanced Training credits.

New to using Zoom to join remotely? Instructions can be downloaded here.


2021 Topics and Flyer are now available! Click to view. 

Summaries are on the Cedar Creek calendar and events page.

ONLINE ONLY: January 12th: Invasive Species Management at Cedar Creek, Carrie Taylor
ONLINE ONLY: February 9th: Plant hydraulic traits that influence grassland communities, Kim O'Keefe
ONLINE ONLY: March 9th: The 'hole' story: woodpecker cavities at Cedar Creek, Elena West
ONLINE ONLY: April 13th: Adventures with Space-Time Biodiversity, Maggie Anderson
ONLINE ONLY: May 11th: The microbial war beneath your feet, Molly Kuhs
ONLINE ONLY: June 8th: Roadsides as habitat for insect pollinators: salty traps or amazing opportunity?, Emilie Snell-Rood


HYBRID: July 13th online lecture: The effect of bison reintroduction on Minnesota‚Äôs oak savanna, Chad Zirbel (field visits at the bison gazebo: July 15th (9am-noon), July 17th (9am-11:30am, 1pm-3:30pm), July 18th (9am-11:30am, 1pm-3:30pm) )

IN-PERSON (w/ online lecture option): August 10th: Green Infrastructure: Building with nature for ecological restoration, Savanna Henning
IN-PERSON ONLY (w/ online lecture option): September 14th: Using old-field succession to examine plant buffering mechanisms, Amy Churchill
ONLINE ONLY: October 12th: Climate Change in Minnesota, Sam Potter
ONLINE ONLY: November 9th: Addressing biodiversity decline with remote sensing and local knowledge, Jeannine Cavender-Bares

ONLINE ONLY: December 14th: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Research, Mark Davis

*please note that topics and presenters are subject to change.


Recordings of past programs can be viewed here or in the embedded viewer below.


Questions? Contact Caitlin Potter (


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