Lillian Kuehl

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Molluscan Mariculture

Educational & Professional Experience


Western Washington University 2015-present

Master of Science, Marine and Estuarine Biology (in progress)

Thesis: The Effect of Diet on Survival, Growth, and Radula Morphology of Haliotis kamtschatkana Postlarvae.

Reed College 2005-2009

Bachelor of Arts, Biology

Thesis: Glucosinolates and Selenium Might Interact in the Face of Adversity to Form an Anti-Herbivore Coalition.

Languages: Spanish, Ancient Greek. Computer programs: Word, Excel, LaTeX, JMP, ImageJ, Statview, R.

Washington State University 2005-2006

Research Project: Russian Thistle Epicuticular Leaf Wax Density and Composition in Response to Water Stress.

Courses: Weed Science, Soil Science, Irrigation Systems and Water Mgmt., Forage Crops, Metal Fabrication.

Stone Soup Institute 2013

Winter Term: Horse-Drawn Logging; Forestry, silviculture, and forest ecology of Maine.



Teaching Assistant

Western Washington Univ., Bellingham, WA 2015-2016

  • Instructed Biology 101 lab for non-science majors; three sections of 20 to 24 students.

  • Implemented and revised curriculum, created weekly quizzes, graded assignments, led field trip.

Service Manager, Mechanic

Bike Tech, Olympia, WA 2014-2015

  • Scheduled and prioritized repairs, submitted warranty claims, analyzed performance data.

  • Educated customers on bicycle function and repair, while hearing customer needs and concerns.

  • Performed tune-ups and repairs on a variety of commuter, road, and mountain bicycles.

Nursery Lead

4CsBreeding Technologies, Strathmere, NJ 2012

  • Supervised packing of forestry seedlings for sale. Communicated in English and Spanish.

  • Worked in seed orchard: induced cone development by girdling, installed irrigation.

Research Director

Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA 2013-2014

  • Directed Small Business Innovation Research grant, in partnership with Rutgers University.

  • Induced polyploidy and reared eastern flat oysters. Collected and analyzed data, wrote reports.

  • Performed selective breeding to increase resistance to MSX, Dermo, and Juvenile Oyster Disease.

  • Supervised interns, coordinated labor and project scheduling, kept grant expense records.

Lab Technician, Acting Manager

Taylor Shellfish Farms, Quilcene, WA 2010-2012

  • Spawned (strip and natural) and reared Pacific and Olympia oysters, geoducks, and manila clams.

  • Conducted pair matings, inbreeding, F1/F2 hybrids, and genetically diverse restoration spawns.

  • Assisted with experimental design, collected and analyzed data, fabricated novel equipment.

  • Comprehensively reorganized broodstock repository and improved general lab record keeping.

  • Trained personnel, coordinated scheduling, expense records. Worked in the field and night tides.

Farm Hand

Sunny Farms, The Pumpkin Patch, Sequim, WA 2004-2009 (summers)

Assistant Trainer

Ken Siefer Training, Sequim, WA 2003-2004

Stable Hand

Cassidy Creek Ranch, Sequim, WA 2005

Irish Bay Farms, Quilcene, WA 1998-2003

Log Truck Washer

Boulton Logging Co., Quilcene, WA 2003



National Shellfisheries Association-Pacific Coast Section 2017-present

Student Co-Chair

National Shellfisheries Association 2015-2017

Race Director, Athlete

WWU Cycling Team, Bellingham, WA 2015-2017

Horsemanship Instructor

U.S. Pony Clubs, Port Angeles, WA and Gaston, OR 2004-2013


Port Townsend Bicycle Assoc., Port Townsend, WA 2011-2012


Wash. State Univ. Extension, Jefferson County, WA 2010


The Reed College Quest, Portland, OR 2008-2009

Founder, Signator

Cookies For All, Reed College, Portland, OR 2005-2009

Selected Awards & Honors


National Shellfisheries Association Annual Conference   2017

Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Annual Meeting   2016

The Effect of Diet on Survival, Growth, and Radula Morphology of Haliotis kamtschatkana Post Larvae.

Adviser: Deb Donovan

Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Annual Meeting   2011

More with Less: High Density Pacific Oyster Larval Culture in a Low-Volume System.

Coauthors: Molly Jackson, Joth Davis

Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting   2008

Poster: Determination of Russian Thistle Epicuticular Leaf Wax Density & Composition in Response to Water Stress.

Adviser: Ian Burke


Michael Castagna Student Grant for Applied Research

National Shellfisheries Association   $1,250   2016

PNWSC Malacological Scholarship

Pacific Northwest Shell Club   $1,000   2016

Fund for the Enhancement of Graduate Research

Western Washington Univ.   $1,000   2016