GK-12 Fellow (Partnered with Jeanine Bailey, Ottawa Hills)
I received my B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster in May 2010, where I completed my undergraduate thesis studying the impacts of predatory stress on the evolution of body size and coloration in tropical stream fishes of Tobago. Upon graduation, I sought a position in Dr. Stepien’s laboratory in order to further my understanding of aquatic ecology, by applying population, landscape and conservation genetic approaches to exploited fish species. My M.S. project focuses on the use of fine-scale nuclear microsatellite variation to understand the spatial patterns of yellow perch stock structure in Lake Erie, as well as how consistent these patterns are over time. I am extremely excited to be a part of the GK-12 program, because it affords me an opportunity to enrich the lives of high school students, by showing them how amazing and rewarding science and careers in research can be.