Teaching Faculty #39
B.S.A. University of Saskatchewan, Honours in Crop Science
Ph. D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Postdoc University of British Columbia
As a senior instructor I am focussed on teaching but for my sabbatical in 2016-2017 I returned to research. All living things have DNA so I can potential do genetics with any organism, even a complicated symbiotic consortium like coral.
We have incredible hard pressing problems to tackle such as how to help corals resist climate change. The Gates lab in Hawaii and the van Oppen lab in Australia are trying to evolve corals faster to resist climate change. They are selecting the corals that are thus far still thriving during ocean warming events of the past few years, they bring to the lab where they stress them even more and find the best of the best which they breed, grow and return to the ocean. Identifying genes with particular alleles that allow those corals to thrive is a part of that challenge. I was helping to see if there is an association between certain colours (pigments) and bleaching resistance.
Klenz, J., M. Chow and T. Fontana. 2015. Are You a Hidden Heterozygote? Use of PCR to Genotype Brown vs. Blue- Eye-Color Alleles. Article 61 in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 36 (K. McMahon, Editor). Proceedings of the 36th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-36/ v36reprint.php?ch=61
McDonnell LM, and Klenz J. 2015. Teaching Genetic Linkage Through Mapping with Molecular Markers. CourseSource. 00:xxx. doi:00.0000/journal.cs.000000