Biology Education ResearchResearchAreas

I am interested in examining the practices of  teaching and learning in the biological sciences, within the discipline focus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the undergraduate level.  My research interests are geared toward metacognitive strategies, self-regulated learning and self efficacy, as well as using universal design principles to maximize accessibility and inclusion. I enjoy facilitating the use of evidence-based pedagogical approaches with faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

Relevant Presentations:
“Modes of Thinking: Getting students to think about their thinking in the context of a controversial topic” Discipline Based STEM Education Research (DBER), Spring 2017, University of Colorado Boulder.
“What can YOU easily do to make your teaching more inclusive and accessible?”,
9th Annual STEM Symposium, Center for STEM Learning, Fall 2017 CU Boulder
“Teaching Evolution & Biology to a diversity of learners: Accessibility & Inclusion”,
Society for the Study of Evolution, Evolution Conference Summer 2017, Portland, OR


Conservation / Population Genetics

(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

    My disciplinary training is in Evolutionary Genetics research.  As part of my postdoctoral training, we explored cognitive constraints to using an effective active conservation practice known as genetic rescue (Stowell et al. 2017). In my dissertation research, we analyzed the population genetics of a selfish genetic element in natural populations of Drosophila in relation to behavior (Pinzone and Dyer 2013). I continue to use the skills and knowledge I gained during my Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in order to be an effective scientist educator.

Behavioral Ecology & Evolution

The evolution of behavior and its ecological context dependence has long been of interest. During my Masters, I investigated geographic variation in female post-mating immune gene expression (Pinzone 2010), and my dissertation focused on female mating behavior and its ability to regulate gene frequencies and thus extinction risk (Pinzone and Dyer 2013). Currently, applying the principles of behavioral evolution to cognitive psychology with undergraduate learning under the lens, has been a fascinating interdisciplinary endeavor.