Bartol Marine Biomechanics Lab

Cephalopods Rule!


Lab Director

Ian Bartol, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences. I received my BS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and my MS and PhD at the College of William and Mary/Virginia Institute of Marine Science. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) before joining the faculty at Old Dominion University.

Current Graduate Students

Alissa Ganley, Lab coordinator and doctoral candidate, Department of Biological Sciences. Alissa is studying how squid and cuttlefish maneuverability changes throughout ontogeny. Alissa’s web page link is found here.
Mel Lhuillier, MS Student, Department of Biological Sciences. Mel is interested in swimming behaviors of squid paralarvae.

Current Undergraduate Assistants

Erin Coulter is undergraduate researcher working on collective behaviors of squid.
Katie Somers is an undergraduate volunteer helping out with animal husbandry, field work, and data analyses

Visiting Graduate Students

Jahnita Demoranville is a visiting MS student from Cal State Fullerton. Jahnita is examining bite force capabilities in squids.

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Eric Amrhein
  • Cathryn Bowling*
  • Tiffany Burkard
  • Jeremiah Clester
  • Rachael Crews*
  • John Paul Cross
  • Travis DeGraphenried
  • Jason Dunphy
  • Daryll Fox
  • Kelly Jacobson
  • Brenna Perez
  • Emilie Stump
  • Brett Sweezey
  • Cydney Tutchton*
  • Elaine Walters

*College of Sciences/Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Scholar

Former Graduate Students

William J. Stewart (MS 2007)

Angela M. Woolard (MS 2008)

Lory Scott (MS 2009)

Margaret Lynott (MS 2012)

Ashley Lavender (MS 2014)

Rachel Jastrebsky (PhD 2015)

Carly York (PhD 2016)

Kristy Volker (MS 2020)

Kelly Zalaskus (MS 2020)

Amanda Tumminelli (MS 2023)

Visiting Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Angie Rivera

Dr. Carly York

Dr. Diana Li

Jahnita Demoranville

Lab Mascots

Bernoulli aka Schmoopy