CReSIS Welcomes Kristin Barkus


Winter 2010

In August 2009, Dr. Kristin Barkus joined the CReSIS staff as the new Education Coordinator. With a background in the life sciences (she received her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Kansas), Barkus said her passion for science has easily transferred over to CReSIS-related science.

“I’ve had a lifelong interest in the earth and life sciences,” Barkus said. “Though my education lies primarily in life sciences, the backdrop for the life sciences, our biosphere, interests me, too.”

Barkus received undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado, where she also completed an honors research thesis about the evolution of the platypus. She received her PhD from KU in 2006. Her dissertation research addressed interactions of proteins involved in nerve signaling. In 2005, Barkus began working as an educator at Baker University, as well as full-time at Highland Community College, where she developed the biology program at a new satellite campus.

In her new position at CReSIS, Barkus intends to use her skills as educator, mentor, and curriculum developer in order to contribute to the Center’s productivity and outreach.