Post-doc Angela Google had a new review paper come out yesterday in Studies in Science Education on the how undergraduate students approach studying biology! This is a must read, check it out!!
New Paper led by Dr Kenna Rewcastle trying to understand what dominant plant removal does to ecosystem function across an elevational gradient! Check it out!
We were down on Dauphin Island this morning working within our DRAGnet plots clipping aboveground biomass and we brought a few of the Biology graduate students along with us. It was a beautiful sunny day to be working on the island!
J & Grace were in New Orleans to present some our work on First Gen College students. Grace did an amazing job!
Madison defended her MS prospectus today! Her thesis is entitled: Hidden & visible identities: their impact on in-class dynamics for active learning biology classrooms. She passed with flying colors and now can return to data analysis and writing (after a nap). Way to go Madison!!!
Graduate student Madison Nelson and undergraduate researcher Darrien Caudle were awarded a fellowship from the Equity & Diversity in Undergraduate STEM (EDU-STEM) network fellowship to investigate whether an intervention to promote representation of scientists in STEM classrooms can improve relatability to scientists and stereotypes about who can be a scientist. We are super excited to get to work on this project!!
New paper out in Ecology, led by Peter Wilfahrt & Ashley Asmus looking at spatial and temporal rarity as predictors for extinction risks in grassland ecosystems world-wide. For the full paper, check the link here.
Madison Nelson will be presenting some of her Masters Work at the upcoming Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) conference on Friday July 23rd!. See her poster below!
We got official word from NSF that we are being funded to start a project to explicitly incorporate Ideologically aware pedagogies into introductory biology classrooms. This project will be done in collaboration with Cissy Ballen, Abby Beatty, & Kimberly Mulligan-Guy at Auburn University, and Sheritta Fagbodun at Tuskegee University. We will be working to create 12 modules that will be publicly available and South Alabama, Tuskegee, Auburn, & Auburn Montgomery will provide initial beta testing for our modules. I am super excited to work with all of our instructors to implement these resources!
Department of Biology - University of South Alabama