GK-12 PersonnelJhonatan Sepulveda Villet, Great Lakes Genetics Lab
GK-12 Fellow 2008-2010
CV - 2009
Jhonatan received a B.S. in Aquacultural Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, and a M.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University. His previous academic research has included Nutritional efficiency on freshwater crustaceans, developmental biology of marine shrimp, and proteomic research. An aquatic enthusiast at heart, Jhonatan joined Dr. Carol Stepien's Great Lakes Genetics Laboratory to focus on yellow perch and percid population genetics and stock assessments for the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Erie and its tributaries. During his participation in the NSF GK-12 program, he learned how to best approach and relate to the lay audience, and how to effectively teach scientific concepts in a manner that is easy to understand, and relevant to the day-to-day life of students and teachers. Working with Wendy Wilson at Start High School, Jhonatan notes that enthusiasm for science-based careers increased in the participating classes, the Ohio Graduation Test scores for 10th grade science for 2008 were the best in three years, and they had their first ever participation in district and state science day competitions. He leaves the NSF GK-12 program with a greater appreciation of the effort and knowledge necessary to teach future generations to be stewards of our environment.