M. S., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville 2003
Research Interests: I maintain a broad interest in the evolutionary biology of North American freshwater fishes. In particular, my research focuses on using molecular and morphological techniques to study the historical relationships of many species and how microevolutionary forces shape population structure. I am currently working on constructing the phylogenetic relationships of individuals in the genus Profundulus. This genus is composed of five recognized species grouped into two subgenera that are endemic to Central America.
Teaching Experience: I have been a graduate teaching assistant for the last four years. I have experience in teaching cell biology, genetics and physiology.
Abstracts, Grants and Honors:
J. Allen, Bill Whitson, Steve McCommas. Gene Expression in Cultured Human Bone Cells. Illinois State Academy of Sciences, Bloomington, Illinois 2003.
S. Whitson, J. Allen, S. McCommas, M. Whitson. Gene Microarray Analysis of PDGF and Cortisol Treated Adult Human Bone Cells. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2003.
Illinois State Academy of Sciences Research Grant, $250.
Sigma Xi Honor Society
Fish illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri and used with permission.