Shaylah Tuttle-Raycraft

Teaching Support Instructor
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 X 58096
SSC 2502

When I started college, I had the intention of having a career in animal care, however, after several research-focused courses, my goals changed. My newfound love of research was fostered during my Bachelor’s degree, and I was excited to pursue a graduate degree when I was finished. My PhD thesis is focused on the effects of total suspended solids on the ecophysiology of freshwater mussels, with a particular interest in their distribution. My research interests also include defining habitat requirements for aquatic organisms and understanding organism responses to habitat alteration. As well as pursuing my research interests throughout my PhD, I have been fortunate to develop a passion for teaching throughout the many Graduate Teaching Assistant positions I have held. This passion led me to my current position as an instructor, and I am very excited to pass on my love of biology to the next generation of scientists!

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Integrative Biology - 2013-present (expected 2018)
    University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
  • Bachelor of Science: Honours Zoology - 2013
    University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
  • Advanced Ontario College Diploma: Veterinary Technology – 2009​​
    St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario
  • Tuttle-Raycraft, S. and Ackerman, J. D. Does size matter? Particle size vs. quality in bivalve suspension feeding. Freshwater Biology, in press. 
  • Tuttle-Raycraft, S., Morris, T. J. and Ackerman, J. D. 2017. Suspended solid concentration reduces feeding in freshwater mussels. Science of the Total Environment 598: 1160-1168.