Recent SEPAL Graduates & Alums

   

Kristin De Nesnera

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology at Utah Valley University

Contact: kdenesnera@uvu.edu

Degree: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, PhD.

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

Currently Kristin is instructing at Utah Valley University, where she is instructor for the Biology department there. Even thought she is in Utah, she is still rooting for the Golden State Warriors. Woohooo!

 

Melinda Owens

Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor at University of California, San Diego

Contact: mtowens@ucsd.edu

Degree: Neuroscience, PhD.

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

Melinda is now in San Diego, where she instructs at the University of California at San Diego. At UCSD, she is still interested in Biology Education, developing tools to help analyze how instructors teach, and all helping better understand student’s reasoning of certain biological topics.

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Karen Erickson

Visited August 2013 – July 2014

Current Position: Professor of Biology at Foothill College

Contact: EricksonKaren@Foothill.edu

Degree: Master’s Degree in Microbiology

What are they up to now? 

Karen is still instructing at Foothill College where she has been instructing various courses such as Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Biotechnology courses. Back in 2010, she participated in CCB FEST Summer Institute, and has been dedicated to scientific teaching ever since.

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Molly Schrey

Visited from September 2014 – June 2015

Current Position: Professor of Biology at West Valley College

Contact: molly.schrey@westvalley.edu

Degree: 

What are they up to now? 

Currently, Molly is still instructing at West Valley College, and this fall she is teaching Introduction to Biology, Human Biology, and Genetics. She has been an instructor for quite some time now, and continues to do so.

 

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Amy Beadles-Bohling

Visited from November 2016 – March 2017

Current Position: Lecturer of Biology at University of Portland

Contact: beadlesb@up.edu

Degree: , PhD.

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

Having left SEPAL back in 2017, we are pleased to say that Amy is still instructing at the University of Portland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Farrar

Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor at University of California, San Diego

Contact: kmfarrar@sfsu.edu

Degree: Biomedical Sciences, MS

What are they up to now?

 

Derik Gonzalez

Current Position: Faculty at Diablo Valley College

Contact: dgonzales@dvc.edu 

Degree:Master of Science in Geoscience with a concentration in Geology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD. & Leonard Sklar, PhD.

What are they up to now?

Derik is a faculty member at Diablo Valley College where he instructs Oceanography at their San Ramon Campus.

 

 

 

Analisa Brown

Current Position: Adjunct Biology Professor at Diablo Valley College

Contact: brown.analisa@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Currently Analisa is instructing the second class of the Introduction to Biology series. This section is primarily focused on Ecology and Evolution. She too is Student Success Coach for 100% College Prep. This is a non-profit organization which is out of Bayview Hunter’s Point District of San Francisco. For this organization is focused on mostly aiding Black youth from low-income families, and helps them with getting into college.

Future Plans: 

Analisa plans on going back to school soon, and further pursuing a PhD in Biology and putting emphasis on equity and diversity research in the experiences of Black Students in Science.

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Sarah Bissonnette

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University Stanislaus

Contact: sbissonnette@csustan.edu

Degree: Biology, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Sarah is now instructing at CSU Stanislaus, where she is still interested in how students Biology students understand every day biological phenomena

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Melissa Richard

Current Position: 

Contact: mrichard@udel.edu

Degree: Masters Degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

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John Rodriguez

Current Position: Adjunct biology professor at Diablo Valley College

Degree: Master’s in Biological Sciences: Cell and Molecular Biology
Advisor: Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

Currently, one can find John instructing at Diablo Valley College. There he is continuing to instruct Biology courses

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Colin Harrison

Current Position: Academic Professional

Degree: Genetics and Molecular Biology, PhD.

What are they up to now?

 

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Brianna McCoy

Current Position: Senior Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Contact: brianna.mccoy@gmail.com

Degree: Master’s Degree in Ecology, Evolution, Conservation

‘Advisor: Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

Brianna recently became the Senior Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Stephen Kielar

Current Position: Field Science Educator at NatureBridge

Contact: skielar@naturebridge.org

Degree: Master’s Degree in Marine Biology

‘Advisor: Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

After Stephen left, he would continue to work at NatureBridge as a Field Science Educator. He has done everything from being a mentor, campus coordinator to lab steward.

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Ellen Young

Current Position: Tenure-Track Biology Position at Cañada College

Contact: younge@smccd.edu

Degree: Master’s in Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Currently Ellen is very busy instructing at Cañada College. Her position is Tenure-track which is amazing.

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Shannon Seidel

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology at Pacific Lutheran University

Contact: seidelsb@plu.edu

Degree: Biological Sciences, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Shannon is still at Pacific Lutheran University. There she is currently instructing Biology. Recently she was awarded to accolades. The first being the 2018 PLU Spirit of Diversity Award. The second being the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to help support “Building Capacity to prepare STEM majors to Become STEM Educators.

Publications

  • Seidel, S.B., Reggi, Amanda L., Schinske, Jeffrey N., Burrus, Laura W., and Tanner, K.D. Beyond the Biology: A Systematic Investigation of Noncontent Instructor Talk in an Introductory Biology Course. CBE: Journal of Life Sciences Education, 14, 1-14, (2015). pdf
  • Seidel, S.B. and Tanner, K.D. “What if students revolt?” – Considering Student Resistance: Origins, Options, and Opportunities for Investigation. CBE: Journal of Life Science Education, 12, 586-595, (2013). pdf

 

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Gloriana Trujillo

Current Position:Associate Director for STEM, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Stanford University

Contact: gloriana@stanford.edu

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Degree: Biological Sciences, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

After having left SEPAL, Gloriana would soon become the Associate Director for STEM, within the Office of Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University.

Publications

  • Trujillo, G. and Tanner, K.D. Considering the Role of Affect in Learning: Monitoring Students’ Self-Efficacy, Sense of Belonging, and Science IdentityCBE: Life Sciences Education, 13:1-10, (2014).pdf
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Audrey Parangan-Smith

Current Position: Assistant Director, SF Build at San Francisco State University.

Contact: audreygp@sfsu.edu

Degree: Microbiology, PhD

What are they up to now? 

Audrey is still here at San Francisco State University, where she is the the assistant director of SF Build.

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Hibba Ashraf

Current Position: Associate Biology Professor at Bakersfield College

Contact: hashraf32@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Biological and Physical Sciences

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

As of right now Hibba is instructing at Bakersfield College, where she is an Associate Professor of Biology.

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Lisa Turk

Current Position: 

Contact: Lisa.m.turk@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Biological Sciences

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

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Elijah Combs

Current Position: 

Contact: Elijahcombs@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Microbiology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Publications

  • Smith, J.I., Combs, E.D., Nagami, P.H., Alto, V.M., Goh, H.G., Gourdet, M.A.A., Hough, C.M., Mickell, A.E., Peer, A.G., Coley, J.D., Tanner, K.D., and Williams, K.S. Development of the Biology Card Sorting Task to Measure Conceptual Expertise in Biology. CBE: Journal of Life Sciences Education, 12, 628-644, (2013). pdf
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Stephanie Malmgren

Current Position: Instructor at Both San Ana College and Mt. San Antonio College

Contact: slee465@mtsac.edu

Degree: Masters Degree in Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Currently Stephanie is a bit busy. As she is instructing at two colleges. At Santa Ana College she teaches Biology and Marine Biology. While at Mt. San Antonio College she instructs General Biology and Marine Biology.

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Kathryn Danielson

Current Position: Program Strategist for Beyond

Contact: kdanielson2@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Marine Biology

Advisor : Kimberly D. Tanner, PhD. & Meg Burke, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Kathryn had been at the California Academy of Sciences for roughly 5 years. She would soon embark on a new adventure becoming a program strategist for Beyond a technology and design idea company.

Publications

  • Danielson, Kathryn I. and Tanner K.D. Investigating Undergraduate Science Students’ Conceptions and Misconceptions of Ocean Acidification. CBE: Journal of Life Sciences Education, 14, 1-11, (2015). pdf

Paul Nagami

Current Position: 

Contact: pnagami@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

 

Publications

  • Smith, J.I., Combs, E.D., Nagami, P.H., Alto, V.M., Goh, H.G., Gourdet, M.A.A., Hough, C.M., Mickell, A.E., Peer, A.G., Coley, J.D., Tanner, K.D., and Williams, K.S. Development of the Biology Card Sorting Task to Measure Conceptual Expertise in Biology. CBE: Journal of Life Sciences Education, 12, 628-644, (2013). pdf
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Sara Brownell

Current Position: Associate Professor at Arizona State University

Contact: Sara.Brownell@asu.edu

Degree: Masters Degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Sara is currently still instructing at Arizona State University. She has been at ASU for five years,

Publications

  • Brownell, S.E. and Tanner, K.D., Barriers to Faculty Pedagogical Change: Lack of Training, Time, Incentives, and … Tensions with Professional Identity?. CBE: Journal of Life Sciences Education, 11: 339-346, (2012). pdf
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Carol Umanzor

Current Position: Lead Science Teacher for Aspire Schools and Adjunct Faculty at University of San Francisco

Contact: carol.umanzor@aspirepublicschools.org

Degree: Masters Degree in Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now?

One can find Carol either here in San Francisco where she is a faculty member at University of San Francisco; or in Richmond where she teaches at one of the Aspire Schools.

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Lakisha Witzel

Current Position: Academic Coordinator for the Science & Health Education Partnership at University of California; San Francisco

Contact: lakisha.witzel@ucsf.edu

Degree: Masters Degree in Conservation Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Lakisha is still at UCSF, there she is an Academic Coordinator for the Science and Health Education Partnership.

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Courtney Scott

Current Position: Preparator and Fabricator for Museums and Public Spaces

Contact: courtneylscott@hotmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Marine Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD. & Meg Burke

What are they up to now? 

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Michelle Wooten

Current Position: Research Methodologist in Education Contexts

Contact: mwootenastronomy@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Physics

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD. & Adrienne Cool, PhD. & Ed Prather, PhD.

Website: https://michelle.wootenlab.com

What are they up to now? 

Michelle now finds herself in Michigan. There she is Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physics Education.

Publications

  • Wooten, M.M., Cool, A.M., Prather, E.E., Tanner, K.D. Comparison of performance on multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions in an introductory astronomy laboratory, Physical Rev. Special Topics – Physics Education Research, in press, (2014).pdf
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Elizabeth Polito

Current Position: Director of Ministerial Discipleship at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and School in Austin, TX & Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner at Austin Care Fertility Center

Contact: ejpolito@gmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Biology and Geosciences

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD. & John Monteverdi

What are they up to now? 

 

Elizabeth’s Links

Publications

  • Polito, E., Tanner, K.D., Monteverdi, J.P. Assessing middle school and college students’ conceptions about tornadoes and other weather phenomena, October (2008). pdf
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Jeff Schinske

Current Position: Biology instructor at Foothill College & De Anza College

Contact: schinskejeff@fhda.edu

Degree: Masters Degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

He is still working closely with us here at SEPAL. Jeff is at Foothill College where is trying to look more in depth about equity and inclusively in classroom settings.

Publications

  • Seidel, S.B., Reggi, Amanda L., Schinske, Jeffrey N., Burrus, Laura W., and Tanner, K.D. Beyond the Biology: A Systematic Investigation of Noncontent Instructor Talk in an Introductory Biology Course. CBE: Journal of Life Sciences Education, 14, 1-14, (2015). pdf
  • Schinske, J. and Tanner, K.D. Teaching More by Grading Less (or Differently). CBE:Life Sciences Education, 13:159 – 161, (2014). pdf
  • Schinske, J., Clayman, K., Busch, A.K., and Tanner, K.D. Using the Anatomy of a Scientific journal Article to Support Inquiry-based Science Teaching and Learning, The Science Teacher, Fall (2008). pdf

Jeff’s Links

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Rebecca Fulop

Current Position: Adjunct Biology Professor at Diablo Valley College

Contact:  msfulop@hotmail.com

Degree: Masters Degree in Biology

Advisor : Kimberly Tanner, PhD.

What are they up to now? 

Current Position: Biology teacher at Mission High School; San Francisco, CA

Publications

  • Fulop, R.M. and Tanner, K.D., Investigating high school students’ conceptualizations of the biological basis of learning. Advances in Phys. Ed., in press, (2012). pdf
  • Knight, J.D., Fulop, R.M., Marquez-Magana, L., Tanner, K.D., Investigative Cases and Student Outcomes in an Upper Division Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory Course at a Minority Serving Institution. CBE: A Journal of Life Sciences Education,Vol. 7(4):382-393, (2008). pdf

Rebecca’s Links

Recent Awards

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Briana McCarthy

Contact: brianamc@sfsu.edu

Degree: Master’s Degree in Biology
Advisor: Kimberly Tanner

Research Project

Briana investigated the assumption in the research literature that biology majors and environmental studies (ES) majors graduate as experts in their fields. She collected written responses to statements, such as “The greenhouse effect can be made smaller by planting trees,” from biology majors and ES majors. She found that ES majors provided more complete explanations of how photosynthesis and respiration impact the greenhouse effect. Upon interviewing a small subset of these students, she discovered that students generally struggled to piece together respiration, photosynthesis, and carbon cycling. Briana hopes her research will inform teaching at the college level and encourage teachers to help students’ structure their fragmented knowledge.

Briana’s Links

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Allison Busch

Current Position: Family Photographer; San Francisco, CA

Contact: akb@allisonbusch.com

About Me

Allison was a lecturer in the SFSU College of Science and Engineering and the SEPAL Coordinator. She divided her energy between teaching science education coursework and professional development trainings, coordinating collaborative partnerships between SFSU scientific trainees and Bay Area K-12 teachers, and collecting and analyzing data on the impact these experiences have had on scientific trainees.

Publications

  • Schinske, J., Clayman, K., Busch, A.K., and Tanner, K.D. Using the Anatomy of a Scientific journal Article to Support Inquiry-based Science Teaching and Learning, The Science Teacher, Fall (2008). pdf
  • Busch, A.K., and Tanner, K.D. Utilizing K-12 Science Education Partnerships to Develop Better Scientists: Integrating Experiences into Graduate Science Teaching, National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, conference presentation, Baltimore, MD; April (2008).
  • Busch, A.K., and Tanner, K.D., Developing Scientist Educators: Analysis of Integrating K-12 Pedagogy and Partnership Experiences into Graduate Science Training, National Association for Research in Science Teaching Conference Paper, San Francisco, CA, conference paper distributed and presented April (2006). pdf

Allison’s Links

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Jonathan Boxerman

Contact: boxerman@northwestern.edu

About Me

Jonathan received his Master of Science in Geoscience from San Francisco State University in May 2006. He embarked on a mission to study a little known geologic phenomenon called tafoni, a fantastic rock weathering pattern. While pursuing his geology research project, he was also a scientist partner teacher in GK-12. As a current doctoral student at Northwestern University, he hopes to continue investigating how people think and reason about geosciences concepts and scientific models in the Learning Sciences department at the school of education and social policy.

Publications

  • Boxerman, J.Z., Kudritzki, P. +, and Tanner, K.D., Probing 6th Grade Students’ Understanding of Geoscience: An Action Research Project by a Geoscientist-Teacher Partnership, National Association for Research in Science Teaching Conference Paper, San Francisco, CA, conference paper distributed and presented April (2006).

Jonathan’s Links

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Jamie Chan

Current Position: Program Director of CSME at San Francisco State University; San Francisco, CA

Contact: jmchan@sfsu.edu

Research Project

Jamie became a research associate at SEPAL and performed a study of the Science views of 97 seventh grade students at an urban public middle school. This study became a chapter in her master’s thesis, which incorporated the use of written assessment data and individual video interviews. She was particularly interested in student’s science views in the context of religious and cultural beliefs. She currently lectures at SFSU and continues to do research with SEPAL. Jamie is currently interested in how students learn science at the college level and how gender and culture affects a student’s views of science.

Publications

  • Chan. J.M., Tanner, K.D.Understanding the Nature of Science: Science Views From the Seventh Grade Classroom. (2006). pdf

Jamie’s Links