Toward Equity in Higher Education

Biology Education Research

Research in the Theobald Lab focuses on equity in higher education STEM classes. We use quantitative and sometimes qualitative approaches to: 1) describe inequities; 2) identify instructor and systemic practices that disrupt inequities; and 3) scale equitable practices to all classes in all STEM disciplines. 

As an ecologist, I am also interested in how students learn and reason about ecological phenomenon, quantitative data and analysis, and anthropogenic global changes.

In my lab, people come first. Specifically, we appreciate and welcome diverse perspectives and welcome everyone, irrespective of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. Diverse and inclusive groups are more creative and more successful at solving complex problems, so we prioritize diversity and inclusion in everything we do. Ultimately, we strive for our lab community to be a fun place to learn, a safe place to be vulnerable, and good place to do science. 


Elli Theobald (she/her)
University of Washington
Department of Biology
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800

ellij [AT]