Dr. Heiko L. Schoenfuss
Dr. Heiko L. Schoenfuss is a professor of anatomy and the director of the St. Cloud State University Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory. He received his BS in Biology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 1991. He completed a Master's degree in Veterinary Anatomy and a PhD in Evolutionary Anatomy concurrently in 1997 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at St. Cloud State University in 2001. His research focuses on the effects of long-term (evolutionary) and short-term (anthropogenical) disturbances on the structure of vertebrates. His primary research directions are the evolution and performance of climbing Hawaiian gobioid fishes and the effects of emerging contaminants on the aquatic ecosystem.
Dr. Jessica Ward
Jessica Ward is an assistant research professor in the Department of Biology at St. Cloud State University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Hon. BSc in Evolutionary Biology (2002) and her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (2009) from the University of Toronto. Since 2009 she has been conducting research in the area of conservation behavior. Dr. Ward is broadly interested in the ecological and evolutionary consequences of human-mediated rapid environmental change on aquatic populations and communities, and the application of animal behavior principles to solve conservation issues.
Dr. Matthew L. Julius
Matt Julius is a professor of biology and co-director of the St. Cloud State University Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory. He received his BS in Biology from Butler University and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2001. After joining the faculty at St. Cloud State University in 2001, he continued his studies of diatoms and expanded their use as a biomarker for the effects of emerging contaminants on the aquatic ecosystem.
Steve Bartell is an assistant professor of biology at Normandale Community College (Bloomington, MN) and a research fellow of the SCSU Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory. He received his BS in Biology from St. Cloud State University in 1998 and his MS in Biology also from St. Cloud State in 2006. His research focuses on the development, validation and use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Over the past 8 years, Steve has contributed extensively to method development and application in toxicology at the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory.