- Written by Allison Crotwell
Kevin was the first male in his family to graduate High School from Woodrow Wilson SHS High School in Washington, D.C. where he attended Honors and AP courses. The following year he began to attend college at Norfolk State University, choosing to study Biology. In his time at Norfolk State University, Kevin was a member of the Norfolk State University Biology Society; he was a peer mentor and tutor in the Biology Department for two years. During the summer Kevin completed four summer internships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland during his undergraduate study. Kevin graduated from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia in 2010; again Kevin was the first to graduate college in his family.
In the fall of 2011, Kevin joined the lab of Dr. James McClintock here at UAB. He has done his research on the preferential feeding of freshwater amphipods, Hyalella azteca, for sympatric vascular plants and algae: the roles of chemical and structural defenses and nutritional value in prey selection. He investigates differences in the feeding rates of Hyalella azteca (palatability) for vascular plants and algae as food. Kevin studies the differences in consumption rates when two foods are available simultaneously (preference). Kevin subsequently uses penetrometry, Lowry protein assays, and feeding assays investigate factors that may influence palatability and/or preference; these factors are structural defenses (toughness), nutritional value (protein content), and chemical defenses respectively. Kevin will assist with ongoing research at Palmer Station this season. He is ecstatic about the opportunity to go to Antarctica. After graduating from UAB with his M.S. in Biology, Kevin plans to pursue a PhD. in Biology and a career in academia.