As a community ecologist and educator, I am intrigued by the natural world and perplexed by the impact humans are having on it. My primary ecological interests revolve around species interactions and the impacts we can expect from anthropogenic global changes; my primary education interests focus on student achievement and ways to close achievement gaps.

My postdoctoral research focuses on two aspects in biology education: 1) evaluating student engagement, affect, and performance during in-class activities of contrasting design, and 2) meta-analyzing student performance vis-a-vis racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps in active learning, university classrooms.

My dissertation research focused on plant-pollinator dynamics across a large elevational gradient at Mount Rainier National Park (Washington), including 1) the potential for pollinators to limit one species' elevational distribution and 2) the temporal composition of floral communities in changing climates. Additionally, I investigated whether teaching undergraduates with local or global examples of the biological impacts of climate change leads to higher learning gains and stronger attitudes about climate change impacts.

Contact Information:
Elli Jenkins Theobald
University of Washington
Department of Biology
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800

email: ellij AT u.washington.edu