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    Tatum Hawkins

    I am an undergraduate aquatic biology and fisheries student with a mathematics minor. In my spare time I care for several tanks with many fun little friends. I get to participate in this lab an undergraduate assistant.

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  • Josef (Josh) Hrabowski

    I joined the Lab in May 2022 as a PhD candidate. Before joining the lab, I led a project on local European Whitefish for a state research institute in norther Germany. I earned my M.Sc. in Marine Biology at the University of Rostock (Germany) and my B.Sc. in Marine Biology at Texas A&M at Galveston. […]

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  • Wesley (Wes) Franklin

    I joined the lab in May 2022 as a PhD student in the environmental sciences program. I received my M.Sc. in Ocean, Coastal & Earth Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2021 and my B.Sc. in Marine Biology at Southern Arkansas University in 2019. Before starting my PhD, I was employed […]

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  • Noah Dilley

    I’m a fish fanatic. I’ve been around water from a young age and point to that as the reason I’m so passionate about fisheries. I’m and undergraduate in biology and am studying with a concentration in aquatic biology and fisheries. Venturelli’s lab is my first experience with lab work and I’m hopping it’s the first […]

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  • Brynna Connolly

    I am an undergraduate zoology student with a minor in the French language. I participate in this lab as an undergraduate assistant. I have been lucky enough that all of my jobs have been animal-related, and I hope to continue this trend into the future!

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  • Jessica “Jit” Weir

    I am an environmental steward, fisheries professional, and music lover. My current research interests focus on utilizing big data to focus management and prevention efforts on the spread of nonindigenous aquatic species. I have been an active American Fisheries Society member since 2010.       Education: M.S., Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University (2018) B.S., […]

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  • Zachary McDonald (MSc)

    Zack is lead on three research projects in the lab: Using from catch data from an angler app to infer climate-induced changes in the relative abundance of freshwater game fish in the contiguous United States, Comparing angler movement networks for the state of Minnesota based on two sources of data (vehicle inspection surveys and angler […]

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  • Chakong Thao (MSc)

    Fish community changes in Shoal Lake, Canada, following the overexploitation of walleye (Sander vitreus) (2015 MSc) Overexploitation of a single target species often results in fish community changes. Commercial and recreational overexploitation of walleye (Sander vitreus) in Shoal Lake, Ontario, in the early 1980s resulted in a ban on walleye fishing. In this study, we […]

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  • Leslie Schroeder (MSc)

    Die another day: Growth model reveals high natural survival rates in loggerhead sea turtles (2017 MSc) Accurate survival estimates are essential to sea turtle conservation but difficult to estimate due to anthropogenic mortality and confounding factors such as tag loss and emigration. The Lester Growth Model allows for the estimation of sex-specific adult natural survival […]

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  • Megan Tomamichel (MSc)

    Predicting the impacts of Heterosporis sutherlandae on the yield of a yellow perch population: An integrated modeling approach (2017 MSc) Heterosporosis a disease caused by a microsporidian parasite, Heterosporis sutherlandae, and can result in lesions in the host muscle tissue. I developed a stochastic, cohort-based integrated disease model to predict the impacts of this parasite […]

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