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Brett Olds


Brett Olds

Graduate Student (co-advised with Dr. Ken N. Paige)



Ph.D. Animal Biology. University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign
GPA 4.0 (Current)
Major Concentration: Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation Title: TBD

M.S. Biology. 2007. University of Nebraska
GPA 3.9
Major Concentration: Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology
Thesis Title: Drought Effects on Abiotic Factors, Zooplankton and Larval Gizzard Shad in a Nebraska Irrigation Reservoir

B.S. Ecology/Chemistry. 1994. State University of New York at Oneonta

Publications and Presentations

Wahl, D.H., M.J. Diana, J.J. Parkos III, R.W. Oplinger, C.S. DeBoom, E.L. Effert, M.P. Carey, B.P. Olds, J.E. Claussen, B.L. Barthel, M.M. VanLandeghem, J.A. Stein, C.P. Wagner, M.A. Nannini, L.M. Einfalt, C.D. Suski, and D.P. Philipp. 2009. 150 years of fishery science: changes, progress, and the role of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Chapter 11, pages xx-xx in J. Taft, C. Taylor, and C Warwick, eds. Canaries in the catbird seat. Illinois Natural History Special Publication 30.

American Fisheries Society Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska Tri-State Joint Meeting, 2007
Poster: “Water Quality of a Nebraska Reservoir During a Drought”

University of Nebraska at Kearney Student Research Days, 2007
Poster: “Drought Effects on Zooplankton at Harland County Reservoir”

4th International Reservoir Symposium, 2007
Poster: “A Four-Year Drought Increases Mean Water Temperature and Lowers
Mean Chlorophyll a in a Nebraska Irrigation Reservoir”

Teaching Experience

IB 203: Ecology, Coordinator – Carol Augspurger
Fall 2009

IB 105: Environmental Biology, Coordinator – Andrew Suarez
Spring 2009

NRES 429: Aquatic Ecosystems and Conservation, Coordinator – Dr. Cory Suski
Spring 2008

Graduate Student Distance Program Mentor – Biology
2006 - 2007

Undergraduate Mentor – Biology
1991 - 1992

Manuscript Reviews

Grant Funding

Professional Experience

Abbott Laboratories (2004-2006)
Network Specialist

Superior Computer Consulting (2000-2004)

Ajilon Consulting (1998-2000)
Network Administrator

Cobe BCT Laboratories (1995-1998)
IT Consultant

Honor Societies

Awards and Scholarships

Undergraduate Research

Independent Research Project. 1994. State University of New York at Oneonta
Research Topic: Effects of various stimuli on olfactory systems of a New York crayfish, Orconectes rusticus.

Internship. 1993. State University of New York at Oneonta: Biological Field Station, Otsego Lake
Duties: Performed biological field and laboratory studies including water analysis, fish sampling, plankton studies and zebra mussel surveys. Conducted field trips to teach the public about lake ecology and the role of the biological field station. Administrative duties included data entry and database management.