Presenter: Rebecca Jordan, Professor of Environmental Education and Citizen Science, Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, and Human Ecology, Rutgers University
Title: Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Fostering Abstraction to Promote Scientific Thinking
Bio: Rebecca Jordan completed her undergraduate degree in Biology, with special focus on ecology and psychology, at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. She went on to receive her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the advisement of Francis Juanes. Her dissertation research investigated the visually guided mating behavior of Lake Malawi cichlid fish. Following her doctoral work, Rebecca took a post-doctoral position as a Science and Technology Council Fellow with James Gould at Princeton University. There she expanded her interests to learning and specifically incorporated work with undergraduate science learning. After two years at Princeton, Rebecca took a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Elizabeth City State University as part of a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to increase minority representation in scientific careers. In Elizabeth City, Rebecca broadened her study of science learning to incorporate informal audiences. Rebecca is currently Professor of Environmental Education and Citizen Science in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and Human Ecology at Rutgers University New Brunswick. As Director of the Program in Science Learning she devotes most of her research effort to investigating public learning in science.