March 21: ‘How Rivers are Born and Evolve' is Topic of Minnesota State Mankato's 2022 Moore Lecture

March 09, 2022 | Lecture

Mankato, Minn. – The 48th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State University, Mankato will feature a presentation by faculty member Phillip H. Larson on Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. that analyzes how rivers are born and evolve.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will be delivered in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. Free parking is available after 6:30 p.m. in University Gold Lots.

NOTE: Masks are NOT currently required on campus. Any changes to the in-person event because of COVID-19 restrictions will be announced in a phone recording on the day of the event. Please call 507-389-1242 for the latest information.

The lecture will also be live-streamed at:

Larson, a professor in Minnesota’s Department of Geography, which is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, provided the following preview of his lecture, titled “How Rivers are Born and Evolve: A Paradigm Shift in Earth Science”:

“The research I will discuss focuses on our current understanding of the birth and evolution of rivers and their valleys, with particular focus on major rivers of the southwest United States – critical water resources to rapidly growing population centers like Phoenix, Arizona.”

For more information about the lecture, please contact Julie Joerg by phone at 507-389-1242 or by email at

The annual Douglas R. Moore lecture celebrates excellence in research at Minnesota State Mankato. This will be the 48th such lecture, and the 35th named after Moore, who established the event.

Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974 to 1978. His tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the lower and upper campuses and construction of a new administration building.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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