Jacob Ball joined the IRLC team in the position of Watershed Coordinator in 2021. Ball lives with his wife Carrie in Oxbow. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program.
His previous experience includes work as a technician at the Thousand Islands Biological Station in Clayton, NY where he conducted various fishery, invertebrate and macrophyte surveys, reared northern pike and muskellunge, completed muskrat house surveys, and performed diet analysis of round goby and northern pike.
Ball also worked in Doylestown, Pennsylvania as an Aquatic Biologist for Aqua Link managing lake improvement projects and coordinating stakeholder groups in order to solve aquatic ecological problems on lakes in the Poconos region.
At the IRLC, Ball will be conducting research and water quality sampling while developing curriculum and mentoring high-school students as part of Project WHIRL (Protectors of Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes), IRLC’s environmental education program for teens.
Ball’s extensive knowledge of lake management and research will help to inform the future direction of the IRLC’s water quality improvement and protection programs. It is a major goal of the IRLC to be able to provide outreach and assistance to the 18 Lakes in our watershed. Bringing Jacob on board really ups our game in this capacity.