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Director of the Lake Erie Research Center (LERC)
|Carol A. Stepien|
The Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Laboratory (GLGL) of the Lake Erie Center, formulated and directed by Dr. Stepien, focuses on working with federal and state agencies and other researchers to develop and apply genetic DNA markers for:
Dr. Carol Stepien grew up near Lake Erie in Euclid, OH where she loved to collect trilobites, fishes, and salamanders. She received a Bachelor of Sciences degree cum laude in Biology with Chemistry and English minors from Bowling Green University, where she was an officer in the Biology Honorary Society Beta Beta Beta (winning their best paper award), published her first research on neurobiology of a luminescent fish, became a licensed SCUBA diver, and was mentored by Cynthia Stong in Marine Biology. Carol earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California in Biological Sciences, with Ecology and Evolution specialization. She made more than 600 Scuba dives at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island for her dissertation research, "Regulation of Color Morphic Patterns in Kelpfishes: Genetic versus Environmental Factors". Carol began her grant track record as a Sea Grant graduate research fellow, and also was funded by the American Museum of Natural History and the Sigma Xi Scientific Honorary Society. She won the prestigious Stoye Best Paper award in Ichthyology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Concurrently, she taught Marine Biology and Invertebrate Zoology courses for California State University as a lecturer. While writing her dissertation, Carol became a visiting assistant professor at the University of San Diego where she taught Marine Biology, taking her students on a field trip every other week, and was a researcher at Hubbs-Sea World Marine Research Institute. Carol then wrote her own National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral research fellowship, which she conducted at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego with the famous ichthyologist Dr. Richard Rosenblatt. She received a National Geographic Society award to investigate the kelp forest fishes of Chile in comparison to those of California. Next, she became an Alfred Sloan postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Evolution at the University of Texas at Austin with Dr. David Hillis. She then was a National Research Associate (through the National Academy of Sciences) at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, to discern the genetic stock structure of Dover sole and rockfishes, which are heavily trawl-fished commercial fisheries. Carol returned to the Great Lakes as an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, where she held an endowed chair in Urban Ecosystems and taught Population Biology, Evolution, Population Genetics, and Marine Ecology. There she began her long-term work on the genetics of Great Lakes invasions by the zebra and quagga mussels, the Eurasian ruffe, and the round and tubenose gobies. She also founded her continuing research on the population stocks of walleye and yellow perch in the Great Lakes.
Since 2004, Carol has been the Director of the Lake Erie Center and Professor of Ecology at the University of Toledo, where she brings her love of field stations to foster appreciation of Great Lakes natural resources in research and education. Last year, she was honored to become Distinguished University Professor of Ecology. Carol also has received the Sigma Xi Raftopoulos Outstanding Research Award, the University of Toledo's Outstanding Researcher Award, and served on the board of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Carol is on the Editorial Board of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, is special issue editor for the Journal of Great Lakes Research, and the genetics associate editor for the journal Biological Invasions. She actively serves on the boards of the University of Michigan's Water Center and Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research. Carol has 83 scientific publications and has headed more than $9 million in grant awards. Her greatest joy is helping her undergraduate and graduate students make and publish new and exciting discoveries about Great Lakes fishes.
C.A. Stepien.** and M.E. Neilson.*
Pierce, L.R.*, J.C. Willey, E.L. Crawford*, V.V. Palsule*, B.S. Shepherd, and C.A. Stepien.** 2013.
Haponski, A.E.* and C.A. Stepien.** 2013.
Kocovsky, P., T.J. Sullivan*, C. Knight, and C.A. Stepien.** 2013.
Pierce, L.R.*, J.C. Willey, E.L. Crawford*, D.W. Leaman, V.V. Palsule*, M. Faisal,
R.K. Kim, B.S. Shepherd, and C.A. Stepien.** 2013.
Haponski, A.E.* and C.A. Stepien.** 2013.
Sullivan, T.J.* and C.A. Stepien.** 2013.
Sepulveda-Villet, O.J.* and C.A. Stepien.** 2012.
Stepien, C.A.**, I.A. Grigorovich, D.J. Murphy*, M.A. Gray*, and G. Kalacyi*. 2012.
Pierce, L.R.* and C.A. Stepien.** 2012.
Karsiotis, S.I.*, J.E. Brown*, L.R. Pierce*, and C.A. Stepien.** 2012.
Stepien, C.A., J.A. Banda*, D.M. Murphy*, and A.E. Haponski*. 2012.