Stephen is a second year GK-12 graduate teaching fellow and a third year Biology PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. After getting a B.S. from The Ohio State University in 2006 in molecular genetics, he came to New York City as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. From 2007 to 2009 he obtained a M.A. in Secondary Science Education from the City University of New York and taught 6th grade science, 7th grade science, and Regents Earth Science in two public schools around NYC. After receiving the M.A., he joined the lab of Dr. Jason Munshi-South at Baruch College to study population genomics; specifically, how urbanization in NYC may be leading to local adaptation in white-footed mice in city parks.
Stephen expects to receive his Ph.D. in the spring of 2014. As a GK-12 graduate teaching fellow in 2010 he worked at the High School for Environmental Studies. There, he is developing a course, Molecular NYC, which takes students into local parks to teach basic ecological research skills and then introduces them to the molecular techniques used by scientists to answer evolutionary important questions about ecological systems. Stephen's ultimate goal is to set up a sustainable research program at the high school where students are collecting specimens from around NYC, analyzing DNA in their high school lab, and cataloguing the biodiversity that they are finding.
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