Assistant Professor of Biology

California State University - Fresno

2015 - present


Director, STEM Education Center

California State University - Fresno

2018 - present

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Western Michigan University

2013 - 2015

I am a STEM Education Researcher in the Biology Department at Fresno State. I study science denial, diversity and inclusion in STEM, and how to help professors adopt active learning. Details on my background are below.

PhD Curriculum and Instruction

University of Missouri

Emphasis in Postsecondary Science Education


M.S. Biology

Western Illinois University

Research in Asian elephant cognition



B.S. Biology

Iowa State University

Summa Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi



Science Denial

Exploring how to improve college science teaching around topics considered 'controversial' by the general public, including evolution and climate change.

How To Help Professors Adopt Active Learning

Influence of academic workplace climate (e.g. leadership, professional development, resources, collegiality, autonomy, respect) on the instructional practices of faculty.


General Education and Introductory Biology


Life, Earth, and Environmental Science for Future Educators


College Science Teaching 

History and Nature of Science

Principles and Teaching of Evolution

Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

What practices can institutions and individual faculty adopt in their classrooms to reduce the achievement gap in undergraduate STEM?