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  • Justin Mcentire

    I am a senior and a soon-to-be biology major with a chemistry and Spanish minor. I have been a part of Dr. Venturelli’s lab for the past year. I work on data collection, management, and analysis – primarily for the rockfish project.

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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 for 7 years.       Education: M.S., Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University (2018) […]

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  • Zachary McDonald

    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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  • Jason Papenfuss (MSc)

    Mimicking Nature: How water level management on a large reservoir affects walleye (Sander vitreus) spawning habitat (2015 MSc) The Namakan Reservoir, located on the Minnesota-Ontario border, has been successively managed under two water-level management policies (‘rule curves’) in recent decades. To compare the effects of the rule curves on walleye spawning, I modeled wave energy, […]

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  • Brian Moe (MSc)

    Estimating growth and mortality in Elasmobranchs: are we doing it correctly? (2015 MSc) The instantaneous mortality rate (M) is an important parameter in elasmobranch management and conservation, but is difficult to estimate directly. Thus, indirect estimates based on relatively easily obtained life history parameters are commonly used. Many indirect methods incorporate one or more parameters […]

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  • Grace Loppnow (PhD)

    Induced nest failure as a mechanism for controlling invasive smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu) and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) (2017 PhD) Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu) and largemouth bass (M. salmoides) are invasive species in many parts of the world. Invasive bass can change native communities through predation and competition. Control efforts for bass have been limited, and sometimes […]

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