Dr. Scott Ballantyne is a Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. His expertise is in molecular biology and specifically RNA regulation during early animal development. He became interested in zebra mussel control when they were recently discovered in his favorite lake. With the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, he is conducting a project on the use of RNA interference to screen for zebra mussel biocontrol target genes. When not in the lab, he enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, and canoeing / kayaking.