Bartol Marine Biomechanics Lab

Cephalopods Rule!

Lab News

April 2024: Dr. Alissa Ganley from the Bartol Marine Biomechanics Lab receives ODU’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
April 2024: Erin Coulter, an undergraduate research assistant in the Bartol Marine Biomechanics Lab, presents her work at the 2024 ODU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
April 2024: The Squid Squad at the 2024 ODU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
March 2024: Alissa Ganley successfully defends her dissertation, “Maneuverability of cuttlefish and squid: an integrated kinematic and hydrodynamic analysis.” Congrats Dr. Ganley! (The individual on the lower right is none other than Dr. Vecchione, the international expert in cephalopods.)

September 2023: Jahnita Demoranville (Cal State Fullerton) joins the crew to study bite force in squid.

August 2023: Trawling season for squid commences!

August 2023: Mel Lhuillier (MS Student) joins the Bartol Biomechanics Lab. Welcome Mel!

June 2023: Drs. Allyson McNaughton and Alissa Mones from the Virginia Aquarium use ultrasound to examine stingrays in the lab. Many thanks Ally and Alissa for your assistance!
May 2023: Alissa and Zack collect blood samples from stingrays (sun’s out, guns out).
September 2022: Alissa in the field holding a brief squid!
September 2022: Alissa and Jean Paul trawling for squid.
July 2022: Alissa completes her final data collection run on cuttlefish.
April 2022: Bartol Lab presents at the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC2022) Meeting
January 2022: Atlantic stingrays are here!
October 2021: Cuttlefish experiments are in full swing.
August 2021: Trident ROV in search of squid in coastal Maine.
August 2021: ROV pilot hard at work collecting footage of swimming squid. Go Blue!
May 2021: Amanda and Alissa collecting data on cuttlefish hatchlings and squid paralarvae. A closer look reveals their caffeinated beverages of choice.
May 2021: Squid eggs are here!!!
March 2020: Kristy Volker successfully defends her MS thesis: Diet analysis of stranded bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in Virginia
February 2020: Setting up for stingray swim tunnel experiments.
August 2019: Squid trawling season has begun!
July 2019: Preparing the cast net for the next major squid haul.
July 2019: The crew ready for another day of data collection at the DMC.
July 2019: An unexpected Illex illecebrosus captured in a cast net in Boothbay Harbor!
July 2019: 3D velocimetry experiments underway at the Darling Marine Center. (That’s Dr. Krueger in the menacing glasses in the back.)
June 2019: Alissa, Amanda, and Dr. Whiteman performing blood draws on a stingray.

January 6, 2019: Amanda Tumminelli presents her research at the 2019 SICB Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL.

January 6, 2019: Alissa Ganley presents her research at the 2019 SICB Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL.

October, 2018: Alissa and Amanda during a data collection marathon.

July, 2018: Master squid fisherman waiting to land the perfect test subject.

June/July, 2018: Summer at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME (Year 2)!

April, 2018: Undergraduate research assistant and star lacrosse player, Cydney Tutchton, selects Bartol as Gameday Professor (and hooks him up with team gear)!

March, 2018: Kelly Zalaskus presents her research at the ASB Meetings.

September, 2017: Fall trawling for Lolliguncula brevis commences!

August 10, 2017: Alissa selecting a squid for turning experiments

August 5, 2017: The crew hard at work — note the family size M&M bag!

August 1, 2017: Fishing for squid in Boothbay Harbor

July 15, 2017: Summer at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME.  Alissa Ganley and Amanda Tumminelli join the team!


August 21, 2016: Trawling season for 2016 has begun!


August 15, 2016: Diana Li from Stanford University begins working in the lab.

turtle crew 2

April 12, 2016: Julie Levans of the Virginia Aquarium brings 4 loggerhead turtles to ODU for swim tunnel studies (from left to right: Julie Levans, Soraya Bartol, Ian Bartol, Kelly Jacobson)

carly on boat 2

February 19, 2016: Carly York successfully defended her doctoral dissertation Anti-predator responses of squid throughout ontogeny.


November 20, 2015: Ian Bartol gives an invited talk at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Lab entitled, “Now you see them, now you don’t: understanding swimming and turning in multi-propulsor squids using 3D flow imaging and kinematic analyses.”

Rachel crew

(from left to right: Drs. Ian Bartol, Paul Krueger, Mike Vecchione, Rachel Jastrebsky, Mark Butler, Dan Barshis)

September 21, 2015: Rachel Jastrebsky successfully defended her doctoral dissertation Kinematics and hydrodynamics of cephalopod turning performance during routine swimming and predatory attacks

August 1, 2015: Carly York is awarded a University Fellowship

Summer 2015: Dr. Bartol worked with his collaborator, Dr. Paul Krueger (Southern Methodist University), on a science exhibit for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX.  A short clip of a video portion of the exhibit is included below.


May 2015: Rachel Jastrebsky is awarded ODU’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant/Laboratory Instructor Award