The Osakis Lake Association will host an informational meeting and discussion about zebra mussels in Lake Osakis on Friday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Osakis VFW, 701 E. Eighth Ave., Osakis.

Anyone with an interest in learning about the potential impacts of zebra mussels on Lake Osakis is welcome to attend.

Michael McCartney, research assistant professor at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center of the University of Minnesota, will give an informational presentation.

McCartney's research program has featured a broad range of marine and freshwater invertebrates and fish - with a focus on mollusks - and he often uses molecular biology to study problems in ecology, evolution and conservation.

By using the most modern genetic and genomic tools available, he aims to describe the pathways of zebra mussel spread in Minnesota and to develop early detection methods that target zebra mussel veliger larvae.