My research is an integrative and collaborative effort spanning many fields, including physiology, molecular biology and ecology. It is my diverse approach that has allowed me to work with diverse institutions including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Karmanos Cancer Institute, United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Detroit's historical Belle Isle Aquarium to conduct research on the urban watersheds that contribute to the Great Lakes and the habitats surrounding it.
My studies use modern technologies such as next generation sequencing and laboratory assays which can be used to study the physiology and diet composition of aquatic invertebrates. My proposed studies at two urban parks in Detroit, aim to investigate the state of environmental health and its effect on human health such as the impact of pests that carry human pathogens.
I also work with young scientists to assist with aspects of this research and put into practice creative pedagogical methods. This partnership allows students to learn from my large spectrum of experience and interest that I bring to the program.
Engaging public interest and inspiri
Student Driven Investigation
Involving students to engage in field work, encourage them to pursue their own research questions.
Collaboration is needed in order to tackle large complex problems.