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Oregon, OH 43616
Great Lakes Genetics Lab
My research interests include phylogeography, population genetics, systematics, ecology and natural history of marine and freshwater fishes.
I received my master’s degree from the University of Toledo in December of 2007 and decided to continue on for my Ph.D. in Carol Stepien’s lab. My thesis focused on a morphologic, genetic, and biogeographic comparison of two known subspecies of the Greenside Darter (Etheostoma blennioides Rafinesque 1819). I used a variety of morphological characters (i.e. scale counts) and molecular data to determine if these two subspecies should really be considered as subspecies. I also finished up a study looking at the genetic variation of the Rainbow Darter Etheostoma caeruleum in the Lake Erie Region and worked with a local high school teacher Mr. Tim Bollin. My dissertation research focuses on Lake Erie walleye (Sander vitreus), an important commercial fishery species. I am using archived scale samples to compare the genetic variation of walleye in Lake Erie over the past 50 years and also looking at the genus Sander and comparing morphological characters and molecular data to determine the systematic relationships among the species. I also participated in the National Science Foundation's GK-12 program from 2008-2010 and was paired again with Mr. Tim Bollin from the Toledo Early College High School. He and I co-instructed a Science Research course focused on water quality of the Toledo Area. In this course students developed and carried out independent research projects and presented their results at local science fairs.
I received my B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from West Virginia University in May of 2006. I then went on to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where I received my M.S. in Biology, primarily focusing on nutrigenomics. While presenting my master’s work at the Annual AFS meeting, I became interested in the research conducted at the Great Lakes Genetics Laboratory. I decided to further my education by working toward a Ph.D. in Dr. Carol Stepien’s lab focusing on the molecular genetic detection and evolutionary patterns of the fish Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSv). During my time in Dr. Stepien’s laboratory, I participated in the National Science Foundation's GK-12 program from 2011-2012 paired with Mrs. Singler from Ottawa Hills High School where I helped students develop and carry out independent research projects. For 2012-2013 I am paired with Mrs. Cole from Toledo Early College High School, where I also will assist students with science fair assignments, and will be developing a fun lesson plan on the coevolutionary dynamics between pathogens and their hosts.
Great Lakes fisheries, population and conservation genetics, fish ecology
I have had a lifelong passion for fish, which has led me to pursue a career if fisheries research. I received my B.S. in Biology at Grand Valley State University (2005-2009), and then completed my M.S. in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (2010-2012). As a member of the Quantitative Fisheries Center I developed statistical models to estimate sea lamprey wounding rates on lake trout in the Great Lakes. My initial Ph.D. research with Dr. Stepien at the University of Toledo will investigate population genetics of invasive Asian carp species, assessing genetic variation between populations near potential Great Lakes invasion sites and longer established populations in North America.
My research interests include phylogeography, population and landscape genetics, fisheries and aquatic ecology and conservation.
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 fisheries and population genetics. My thesis research 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 received my B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Mumbai University, India and a M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Louisiana Tech University. I like to get involved in research that incorporates various techniques in Genetics and Molecular biology. This was encouraged as a research technician under Dr. Stepien on developing assays using StaRT PCR and Real time PCR to detect VHS fish virus in Great Lakes.
I received my B.A. in Biology from Adrian College. After graduating, I worked at a research laboratory in Eugene, Oregon, and then I served as senior Lab Manager in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Medical University of Ohio (now the University of Toledo Medical Center). I joined the GLGL team in 2012 as a DNA Research Assistant.