Ana Carolina Taraborelli, M.Sc.

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Research Scientist and Lab Manager

Ms. Taraborelli has many years of practical experience in a number of areas of biology and science. Her broad background allows for the application of skills to many projects.

Academic Background

  • Master of Science, Watershed Ecosystem Program (Trent University)
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology (Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

Professional Experience

RNT Consulting Inc., Research Scientist and Lab Manager

  • Assisted and provided technical advice in tests of mitigation strategies for dreissenid mussel control
  • Designed, implemented, analyzed, and reported laboratory experiments
  • Monitored and identified dreissenid mussel larvae and adults
  • Trained personnel on sample collection, identification, and quantification of mussels
  • Processed benthic and plankton samples and identified taxa from different lakes and rivers in Ontario
  • Purchased, operated, and maintained field and laboratory equipment

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Great Lakes Research Technician

  • Participated in sample collection and processing of fish, benthic invertebrates, zooplankton, macrophytes, and water in the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario
  • Earned experience on safe boating practices including operating a 22-foot vessel
  • Planned, organized, and executed laboratory analyses on fish diet digestion rates and diet discrimination factors
  • Assisted and advised graduate students on fish collection and maintenance for laboratory experiments
  • Demonstrated ability on analyzing and preparing scientific data for publication as primary scientific literature

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Great Lakes Research Biologist

  • Prepared fish tissue for calorimetry and stable isotope analysis
  • Trained technicians on invertebrate taxa identification and calorimetry
  • Prepared laboratory protocols and identification keys
  • Purchased and maintained laboratory and field equipment and supplies
  • Maintained databases and performed data analyses using available software (Excel, Access, Systat)

Trent University, Graduate Research Assistant

  • Completed quantitative and qualitative fish diet analyses on several species
  • Conducted fish age and growth studies on round goby
  • Wrote research protocols and reports on the ecology of the invasive round goby
  • Parameterized fish component in food webs using bioenergetics modeling

Trent University, Teaching Assistant

  • Prepared and presented seminars
  • Guided and evaluated students

Universidad de La Plata, Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • Participated in reproductive studies of the invasive Golden Mussel in Argentina
  • Scheduled, organized, and performed monthly sample collections for mussels, and recorded water quality data
  • Prepared and analyzed mussel gonads using histology slides

Universidad de La Plata, Teaching Assistant

  • Directed students in vertebrate taxa identification in laboratory and field environments

Naturalia Ornamental Fish Farm, Aquaculture Technician

  • Maintained and reproduced ornamental fish species
  • Handled invertebrate livestock
  • Classified and conditioned live fish for sale
  • Identified benthic and plankton samples
  • Conducted water quality analyses in lotic environments

Publications and Presentations

  • Taraborelli, A. C., Jakobi, N., Johnson, T. B., Bowen, K. and B. Boscarino. 2012. Distribution, abundance and production of Hemimysis anomala in Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research (in press) – doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2011.08.010.
  • Taraborelli, A. C., Fox, M. G., Johnson, T. B. and T. Schaner. 2010. Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) population structure, biomass, prey consumption and mortality from predation in the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36:625-632.
  • Taraborelli, A. C., Fox, M. G., Schaner, T. and T. B. Johnson. 2009. Density and habitat use by the round goby (Apollonia melanostoma) in the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research 35: 266-271.
  • Taraborelli, A. C., Fox, M. and T. Schaner. 2007. The role of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario Ecosystem. 60th Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research, January 4-6, 2007, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Dietrich, J. P., Taraborelli, A. C., Morrison, B. J. and T. Schaner. 2006. Allometric relationships between size of calcified structures and round goby total length. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26: 926–931.
  • Taraborelli, A. C. Fox, M. and T. Schaner. 2006. Density and habitat assessment of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, using an underwater video recording apparatus. 49th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Resaerch, May 22-26, 2006, Windsor, Ontario.
  • Darrigran, G., Damborenea, C., Penchaszadeh, P. and C. Taraborelli. 2003. Adjustment of Limnoperna fortunei (bivalvia: mytilidae) after ten years of invasion in the Americas. Journal of Shellfish Research 22: 41-45.
  • Taraborelli, A. C. and T. Schaner. 2002. Diet of the round goby in the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario. In Lake Ontario Fish Communities and Fisheries: 2001 Annual Report of the Lake Ontario Management Unit, Part III: Special Studies, Chapter 16. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Picton, Ontario, Canada.