Team: Current Lab Members

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  • Sara Harmeyer

    I joined the Venturelli lab in August of 2023. I am currently an undergraduate student studying zoology and wildlife conservation. While this is my first research experience, I have previous experience interning at the Indianapolis Zoo and working with marine mammals. I am passionate about marine life and interested in working with them and working […]

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  • Mackensie Shears

    I joined the lab as an undergraduate student in the fall 2023. I was motivated to join due to my summer as an REU intern at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. I am pursuing a B.S. in General Biology with a focus on fisheries and a minor in Meteorology and Climatology. My research interests […]

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  • Rocco Boyd

    I joined Venturelli lab Fall 2023 as a MSc student. I am a recent graduate of Old Dominion University where I majored in Marine Biology and minored in conservation and sustainability leadership. During the summer of 2023, I interned at Lynnhaven River NOW where I did research on how we can improve the resilience of […]

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  • Wade Schaeffer

    I joined the lab as a MSc student in the summer of 2023.  Before joining the lab, I attended Iowa State University, receiving my Batchelor’s in fisheries and a minor in biology.  The last two summers, I have interned with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as an Aquatic Invasive Species intern and a Hatchery […]

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  • Paton Willbanks

    I joined the lab as a MSc student in summer 2023. Before joining the lab, I earned my BSc from Texas Tech University where I also did independent research in an eDNA lab. During the past three summers, I worked as a marine biologist for the Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy in Clearwater, FL […]

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  • Aaron Muehler

    I joined the Venturelli lab as a PhD student in the Spring of 2023. Prior to joining, I received my B.S. from South Dakota State University, managed a private aquaculture research lab in Brookings, SD, and am currently finishing up my M.S. at Missouri State University. Broadly speaking, my research interests are centered around using […]

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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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  • 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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  • Paul Venturelli

    I am an Associate Professor of Fisheries in the Department of Biology at Ball State University, and direct the PhD in Environmental Sciences. I joined the faculty in 2017 after 6 years at the University of Minnesota. I received my academic training at York University (BSc), the University of Alberta (MSc), and the University of […]

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