Lauren was a CUNY GK-12 Fellow from 2008-2010. After receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2003, as a Distinguished Graduate in the Biological Sciences, Lauren came to New York to work at the American Museum of Natural History in the Scorpion Systematics Research Lab. She is a currently a doctoral candidate in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior subprogram of Biology at the City University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation is on the systematics and biogeography of the medically important North American scorpion genus Centruroides.
Lauren will complete her Ph.D. degree in the summer of 2011 and will be relocating to the University of California at Berkeley to work with Dr buy viagra uk. Rosemary Gillespie under a recently awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology. As a post-doc, Lauren will study the biogeography of scorpions in the Caribbean.
During her GK-12 fellowship years, Lauren was hosted at East Side Community High school where she worked with 11th and 12th grade students. She developed two authentic research modules, Backyard Toxicology and iSearch. Backyard Toxicology introduces students to scientific literature, thinking, and research and uses Sally Hoskin's CREATE pedagogy as a primary teaching tool. Lauren has taught the Backyard Toxicology course at Bronx Community College, and it is currently being offered as a high school science elective through the CUNY College NOW Program. Her second curriculum, iSearch, introduces students to the world of invertebrate biodiversity and engages them in active field research. Lauren also worked with American Museum of Natural History's Education Department to develop Wildlife Forensics , an inquiry laboratory in which students investigate the use of biotechnology to identify endangered species.
You can learn more about Lauren's current research at http://espositola.wordpress.com.