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Kristen M. Amick

Kristen M. Amick

Associate Professor

Biology Faculty


amickkm@westminster.edu

(724) 946-7213


Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
   221
Mailbox: 127

About Me


Associate Professor of Biology

I joined the Westminster Department of Biology in the fall of 2018 after eigth years as a professor at Allegheny College. I teach Bioinformatics Explorations, Foundations of Microbiology, and introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors. My research is in the areas of Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics, which means I use DNA sequences and computational analysis to study population genetic structure and change over time.  My current projects include looking at the genetic health of Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer population, assessing the genetic diversity of cats from several European countries to establish a database for veterinary forensic use, and trying to determine the closest extant relative of the nearly extinct Ventura Marsh Milkvetch plant to aid in recover efforts.

  • Ph.D. - Molecular Evolution & Bioinformatics, The George Washington University
  • B.S. - Biology, Penn State Behrend