Sehoya Cotner, Associate Professor
I am passionate about both biology and biology-education research. My research interests have been, and continue to be, broad in scope and mission. I’ve published papers on teaching with technology, barriers to teaching and learning evolution, and gender disparities in the sciences. I have also published articles on strategies for engaging students in large lectures, including work with the Active Learning Classrooms project at the University of Minnesota. Current work involves identifying which elements of course-based research experiences (CUREs) are key to promoting scientific literacy; identifying and countering barriers to learning science; evolution education in Galápagos; and facilitating meaningful group interactions in the large-lecture setting.
Lorelei Patrick, Postdoctoral Researcher
I’m examining how teaching identity and self-confidence develop in teaching assistants. Science education research has focused almost exclusively on undergraduate students and faculty instructors; relatively little research and resources have been devoted to understanding how TAs perceive teaching, how their teaching identity and confidence develop, and how to best train them to use evidence-based teaching practices. I’m also interested in how research self-efficacy develops in course-based undergraduate research experience participants and graduate students. In addition, I investigate faculty, student, and teaching assistant perceptions of active learning and how these differ among STEM disciplines. Finally, I’m interested in the roles of environment, phylogeny, functional traits, interspecific interactions, and resource partitioning in structuring natural communities of organisms, particularly bats.
Jonathan Andicoechea, Graduate Assistant
I'm working on understanding what qualities of a learning environment help students acquire the content knowledge and skills needed to be scientifically literate. More specifically, I'm interested in how social factors and collaborative learning tasks mediate learning in an undergraduate science course for non majors.
Hillary Barron, Graduate Assistant
Seth Thompson, Graduate Assistant
I am passionate about bringing high level science to students at a young age. I believe that students do not get nearly enough instruction on the nature and process of science at a young age and in turn this handicaps their abilities to understand how science works later in life. I am interested in designing and implementing new educational techniques to bring these concepts to younger students and to work with K-20 schools to have an impact on the way we approach science education for students of all ages.
Neelam Chandiramani, Undergraduate
Kendall Edstrom, Undergraduate
Zoe Koth, Undergraduate
Christine Lian, Undergraduate
Sergio Molina, Undergraduate
Sylvie Ngo, Undergraduate
Monica Osterbauer, Undergraduate
Jake Peterson, Undergraduate
Margaret Sleeth, Undergraduate
Olivia Trudeau, Undergraduate
Brandon Vanderbush, Undergraduate
Azariah Yonas, Undergraduate
Lauren Nguyen, Undergraduate