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Panel Discussions

Thursday, October 22, 2020

2:00pm-2:45pm EDT

Online teaching has taken center stage as a consequence of the pandemic. Effective and engaging online teaching of biology can be difficult and there are many different approaches. This panel provides examples of the diversity of teaching ecology online.

Panelists: George Middendorf, Howard University; Tanya Dewey, Colorado State University; Teresa Bilinski, Colorado State University; Warren Sconiers, University of the Ozarks

Moderator: Catrina Adams, Botanical Society of America


Data analysis and interpretation are core science process skills and one that can be challenging for students and challenging to effectively teach. This panel focuses on different dimensions of teaching and learning data analysis and interpretation.

Panelists: Erika Crispo, Pace University; Tamara Basham, Collin County Community College District; John Starnes, Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College; Tara Jo Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College; Paige Parry, George Fox University

Moderator: Arietta Fleming-Davies, University of San Diego


Friday, October 23, 2020

2:00pm-2:45pm EDT

Models are a fundamental aspect of scientific thinking and the use of models, in myriad forms,  is central for developing scientific thinking skills. This panel emphasizes the explicit use of models for teaching and learning biology.

Panelists: Paul Strode, Fairview High School; Andrew Hasley, BioQUEST; Tammy Long, Michigan State University

Moderator: Richard Kilman, Cedar Crest College


Field ecology continues to be a strong focus for engaging students in ecology and is extremely important for attracting and retaining students in the biological sciences. This panel focuses on the development and implementation of a diversity of field ecology experiences.

Panelists: Rachel Krause, Canadian Mennonite University; David Bowne, Elizabethtown College; DeeDee Wright, Colorado State University; Phil Gibson, University of Oklahoma 

Moderator: Tom Meagher, University of St Andrews


Saturday, October 24, 2020

2:00pm-2:45pm EDT

The nature of science is a core subject and there are a variety of ways of teaching and learning about doing science. This panel highlights differences in approaches to teaching and learning about the nature of science.

Panelists: Maggie Prater, Front Range Community College; Andrew Martin, University of Colorado; Matthew Rowe, University of Oklahoma; Rashidah Farid, Tuskegee University

Moderator: Paul Strode, Fairview High School


Engagement and communication seek to develop students’ ability to look at patterns, ask questions about what they observe, and ways of  visualizing, articulating and communicating them. This panel explores ideas on authentic and novel ways to engage students in understanding and communicating complex environmental systems.

Panelists: Sandra Arango-Caro, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Madison Scheer, Colorado State University; Ashley Alred, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Carmen Cid, Eastern Connecticut State University

Moderator: Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America