River Doctors: Taking the Pulse of the World’s Largest Rivers

Feb 21 2014 4:00 pm
Apr 2 2014 5:00 pm
Flaten Art Museum, 1520 St. Olaf Ave. Northfield, MN, 55057


Doctors learn about the health of a person by studying blood. Earth scientists learn about the health of rivers — and the land surrounding those rivers — by studying water chemistry. River Doctors tells the story of four watersheds, revealing how deforestation, land disturbances, and climate change affect rivers and, in turn, the people who depend on them for recreation, commerce, and livelihood.

Oceanographer–turned–photographer Chris Linder’s photographs draw viewers in with stunning views and captivating narratives. A deeper look reveals the story of how scientists are striving to understand the future of global watersheds.

River Doctors is made possible through support from the National Science Foundation.

Artist’s talk and opening reception

Friday, February 21

  • 4 p.m.: Artist’s Talk with Chris Linder, Artist and Senior Fellow, International League of Conservation Photographers (Dittmann Center 305)
  • 5–6:30 p.m.: Opening Reception, Flaten Art Museum

Volunteers from the Cannon River Watershed Partnership monitor local river health, and will be present at the opening to discuss how their work relates to global river monitoring initiatives. St. Olaf students who have done research in local Rice Creek and the featured Kolyma watershed will also be present.