Over the last decade, my laboratory has been actively
involved in understanding how embryonic exposure to various
forms of environmental pollution lead to compromised health
in wildlife and humans. We have developed an approach to
these questions which involves studying natural populations
exposed to complex mixtures and examining endpoints of
health that include genetic, cellular, organismal and
population endpoints - integrative biology. Further, our
laboratory has an active role in community education as well
as national and international policy development concerning
environmentally-induced birth defects.
The undergraduate students in my laboratory are exposed to
these questions in a way few students experience. Importantly, the students actually participate
in the research efforts. Students regularly assist with
fieldwork involving the capture of alligators, turtles,
frogs and fish. In the lab, students assist in all aspects
of sample analyses. Over 150 students have participated in
this hands-on, directed research experience over the last
decade in my laboratory.
Our Approach - A Research Team
The work in our laboratory is performed based on a team
approach. All research teams are directed by a graduate
student or post doctoral fellow. Although all the
undergraduate students can meet with me whenever needed,
their day-to-day research activities are overseen by a
graduate student mentor. Representative research
teams are presented below but other opportunities are also available.
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