Summary: Studying the impacts of anthropogenic compounds on the normal physiology of signal crayfish inhabiting reference and contaminated sites in southwestern Idaho Studying the impacts of environmental contaminants on normal physiology using principles based in reproductive biology, pharmacology, ecology, wildlife biology, biochemistry and other related fields is the general area of my interests.  My research program at the College of Idaho focuses on investigating the roles and modes of action that trace environmental contaminants play in altering normal cellular and physiological functions relating to oxidative stress and detoxification.  We are using signal crayfish as a model for screening aquatic habitats in Idaho for evidence of contamination through the use of various biomarkers that that are sensitive to chemical exposure.

Minimum Classes: Introductory Biology and Chemistry. Molecular Biology and Physiology desirable.

Projects: Students participating on this project may use techniques such as RNA and enzyme isolation, cDNA synthesis, real time PCR, and enzymatic assays using spectrophotometers /spectrofluorometers to measure and compare biomarkers indicative of contaminant exposure in crayfish exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of natural and synthetic compounds.

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