Field Notes

May 11, 2021

Lilly Center hires former student as full-time research technician

PRESS RELEASE – The Lilly Center is excited to welcome Jed Harvey back to the team – this time as a full-time staff member.

Jed worked on the Lilly Center student research team for four years while he earned his bachelors in chemistry and environmental science from Grace College. After graduation, he worked for Element Labs in Fort Wayne. Last Monday, Jed returned to the Lilly Center as the full-time research technician.

Lilly Center hires former student as full-time research technician

“I’m excited to develop this position as well as my own skillset as a researcher,” Jed said. “I hope to bring a unique perspective to the Lilly Center’s research team, and through working with the students and other staff, I know the Lilly Center can grow in its role as a scientific resource in this community.”

In his new position, Jed will monitor daily operations of the research program and student team and help collect and record lake and stream data. He will also work extensively in the Lilly Center’s lab, ensuring high-quality water sample analysis.

“Jed was always one of our most detail-oriented students,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Center. “We’re thrilled to have him back full-time. He will further the quality of projects in the lab and help conduct relevant, in-depth research on local lakes.”

The Lilly Center is currently preparing for a busy summer sampling season!

From June to August, the research team will conduct sampling on 14 lakes and seven beaches throughout the county. Water samples will be processed for microcystin, a harmful toxin produced by blue-green algae, in the Lilly Center’s lab under Jed’s direction.

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