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Samuel N. Crane

Samuel is a candidate for a doctorate in Biology - Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior at CUNY. He earned his B.Sc. at the University of Washington, interned with NOAA Fisheries, and collaborated with the USDA. As a member of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), his research covers the population biology, history, and ecology of agricultural pests. His current work focuses on the plum curculio beetle -- a native fruit pest in the US and Canada -- and the use of DNA diagnostics for invasive pests. He has mentored undergraduates as part of the NSF-AMNH Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and has also taught undergraduates at Baruch College.

As a CUNY GK-12 Fellow in 2008-2009, he worked with the science department at the James Baldwin School in Manhattan and developed an authentic research module that evolved into DNA Detectives, a 15 week wildlife forensics genetics course for the CUNY College Now Program. DNA Detectives has been taught as part of the College Now Program at Hunter College, Hostos Community College, and most recently at the Manhattan Hunter Science High School. Students in this course use modern techniques of molecular genetics to solve a wildlife forensics mystery -- how to identify fish species from caviar to determine if the eggs came from a protected endangered species.

You can find out more about Samuel's research and educational projects at his website: www.samuelcrane.com.