Kris' research areas include restoration ecology, phytoremediation, and environmental engineering. Specifically, he is interested in using native plants to facilitate the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites, such as brownfields, landfills, and old dumps. He recently defended his dissertation, which focused on designing a final cover system for a local inactive landfill that utilizes sediment dredged from the Maumee River/Lake Erie shipping channel and plant species that are native to the Oak Openings Region in northwest Ohio. For Kris the GK-12 program was a great experience that had a positive impact on his life. He feels very fortunate to have worked with a teacher that he viewed as a role model. By interacting with students several times a week, Kris enhanced his teaching and communication skills as well as gained an appreciation for the students. The major highlight of the program was working with two senior students as research interns. For the first time in their lives, they conducted science experiments and made powerpoint and poster presentations to audiences outside the classroom. Kris encourages the new group of fellows to improve the program’s success and hope that in the future more local schools will be involved.