Jo Kurdziel

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Jo Kurdziel

Assistant Research Scientist
Beverly Rathcke Collegiate Lecturer

Office Location(s): 1139 Kraus Natural Science Building
Phone: 734.763.3684
Fax: 734.763.0544
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  • About

    Academic background

    I completed my B.S. in Biological Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, my M.S. in Zoology at the University of South Florida, and my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to joining EEB in 2002, I was an NSF postdoctoral fellow in science education at the University of Arizona.

    Research interests

    I have broad research interests in evolutionary ecology and science education. My biology research has emphasized two areas: understanding how ecological pressures shape morphological variation and reproductive strategies in marine invertebrates and how species interactions affect community composition and productivity in aquatic systems. My science education research currently focuses on three themes: (1) the development of inquiry-based biology courses for majors and non-majors and assessment of the effectiveness of inquiry-based teaching methods on student learning; (2) the development of conceptual understanding of evolutionary processes by college students; and (3) the effects of training programs on graduate teaching assistant teaching practices and their views about teaching and learning.


    EEB 302 Teaching Experience for Graduates: Undergraduates participating in this course are responsible for (1) aiding regularly assigned Teaching Assistants; (2) providing tutorial help for undergraduates enrolled in the course; (3) meeting regularly with discussion and laboratory sessions; and (4) participating with Teaching Assistants in instructional activities.

    BIO 171 Introduction to Biology - Ecology and Evolution: BIOLOGY 171 is a one-term course in ecology and evolutionary biology that, together with BIOLOGY 172 and 173, collectively form the introductory biology course unit. BIOLOGY 171 and 172 can be taken in either order. The two-semester set of BIOLOGY 171, 172, and 173 is intended for concentrators in biology, other science programs, or pre-professional studies. Other suitably prepared students wishing detailed coverage of biology are also welcome.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Graduate students
    • Anna Arias, Sylvie Kademian