Natalie K. Steckler

Graduate Studen Natalie Steckler

Student Status
PhD student
Program
Aquatic Animal Health
Department
Infectious Diseases and Pathology
Expected year of graduation
2016
Major Advisor
Thomas Waltzek
Email
steckler@ufl.edu
Lab Location
Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory
Education
– B.S. in Biology, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY, 2005
– DVM, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL, 2010
– M.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2012
– Postdoctoral Associate, Aquatic Animal Health, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2013
Honors and Awards
1. University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Alumni Fellowship, 2013-2017.
2. Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, ZuPreem Award for Excellence in Exotic Animal Medicine, 2010.
3. Bellarmine University, Sister Mary Casilda Science Award, 2005.
Current Research
– Aquatic animal infectious diseases, focusing on viral pathogens particularly ranaviruses
– Pathogen epidemiology and evolution/phylodynamics
– Improved diagnostic methods for aquatic pathogens
– Aquaculture husbandry and nutrition
– Wildlife conservation medicine
Selected Presentations or Publications
Publications:
1. Natalie K. Steckler, Roy P.E. Yanong, Deborah B. Pouder, Akinyi Nyaoke, Deanna A. Sutton, Jonathan R. Lindner, Brian L. Wickes, Salvatore Frasca Jr., Jeffrey C. Wolf, and Thomas B. Waltzek. Phaeohyphomycosis due to Veronaea botryosa in hatchery-reared sturgeon. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 2014.
2. James K. Jancovitch, Natalie K. Steckler, and Thomas B. Waltzek. Ranavirus taxonomy. In preparation as a book chapter in Ranaviruses, 2014.
3. Natalie K. Steckler. The Escaped Convict: Treatment and Recovery of Traumatic Gas Bladder Injury in a Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus) Following a Tank Escape. Florida Aqua News 5(1),2012.
4. Natalie K. Steckler and Roy P.E. Yanong. Lernaea (Anchorworm) Infestations in Fish. Fact sheet FA185, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, University of Florida, 2013.
5. Natalie K. Steckler and Roy P.E. Yanong. Argulus (Fish Louse) Infections in Fish. Fact sheet FA184, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, University of Florida, 2013.
Presentations:
1. Natalie K. Steckler, Terry Fei Fan Ng, Matthew J. Gray, James F.X. Wellehan, and Thomas B. Waltzek. Macroevolutionary trends and improved diagnostics of ranaviruses. Eastern Fish Health Workshop, 2014.
2. Natalie K. Steckler, Roy P.E. Yanong, Deborah B. Pouder, Akinyi Nyaoke, Deanna A. Sutton, Jonathan R. Lindner, Brian L. Wickes, Salvatore Frasca Jr, Jeffrey C. Wolf, and Thomas B. Waltzek. Infection due to the melanized fungus Veronaea botryosa in hatchery-reared sturgeon. North Florida Marine Science Symposium, 2014.
3. Natalie K. Steckler, Roy P.E. Yanong, Deborah B. Pouder, Akinyi Nyaoke, and Thomas B. Waltzek. Veronaea botryosa: an emerging fungal pathogen in hatchery-raised sturgeon in the United States. Eastern Fish Health Workshop, 2013.
4. Natalie K. Steckler, Deborah B. Pouder, Claire D. Erlacher-Reid, John P. Hawke, Judy Wiles, Matt J. Griffin, Roy P.E. Yanong. Uh oh, something’s wrong with my danio. Eastern Fish Health Workshop, 2012.
5. Natalie K. Steckler. Comparison of zebra danio (Danio rerio) growth and survival using various pond aeration methods and post-harvest holding treatments. UF Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Annual Student Symposium, 2012.

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