GK-12 PersonnelAmanda Haponski, Great Lakes Genetics Lab
GK-12 Fellow 2008-2010
CV - 2011
Amanda received her Master’s degree from the University of Toledo in December of 2007 and continued on for a Ph.D. in Dr. Carol Stepien’s laboratory. Her dissertation research focuses on Lake Erie walleye (Sander vitreus), an important commercial fishery species. She is using archived scale samples to compare the genetic variation of walleye in Lake Erie over the past 50 years. She is also looking at the genus Sander and comparing morphological characters and molecular data to determine the systematic relationships among the species. For her GK-12 experience, Amanda was paired with Mr. Timothy Bollin at the Toledo Early College High School where they co-instructed a Science Research course focused on water quality. Through her participation in the GK-12 program, Amanda noticed an improvement in her public speaking skills and also in her ability to communicate her scientific results to a much broader audience. She is currently serving as the GK-12 teaching assistant as she finishes her dissertation.