Dr. Ravelina Velasco developed an interest in studying fisheries at CLSU at a young age, as her father was the former Dean of CLSU’s College of Fisheries, and nurtured a passion for research. After completing her Bachelor’s in Aquaculture at CLSU, Ravelina continued on to pursue a PhD at CLSU under the advisory of long-time AquaFish partner and current Regional Center for Excellence (RCE) Coordinator, Dr. Remedios Bolivar.
In 2008, Ravelina became a distinguished Borlaug Leap Fellow through the support of her advisor Dr. Remedios Bolivar, as well as AquaFish Director Dr. Hillary Egna and AquaFish Project PI Dr. Russell Borski. As a Borlaug fellow, Ravelina had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and at WorldFish in Malaysia.
Ravelina completed her PhD research in 2011 on the biological stress markers associated with the growth of Nile tilapia reared at different stocking densities. Shortly after graduating, Ravelina received a job as a Research Associate and Program Coordinator for the National Tilapia Research and Development Program at the Freshwater Aquaculture Center at CLSU. This would be her seventh consecutive research project with CLSU since 2011. In June 2015, Ravelina will transition into a permanent position as a CLSU level one Instructor.