2016 ESA-QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks

2016 ESA-QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks

Meet the 2016 ESA Education Scholars


September 30, 2016 Blog on Ecotone:

Bringing data-rich experiences to undergraduate classrooms – ESA Education Scholars pave the way


Data-rich experiences in the classroom help prepare students to think like scientists and to involve them in the practice of authentic science. Today, providing such experiences are within our reach.

Two networking and professional development opportunities were offered from January to May 2016.  Faculty implemented selected Teaching Issues in Ecology & Evolution (TIEE) modules in their introductory biology or ecology courses, with a focus on providing students with the quantitative skillset needed to ‘scale up’ to large ecological datasets.  For more information about the selected modules, visit this page.

Benefits of Participation

  • Access to ready-to-use teaching modules. Participants will incorporate at least two of the selected TIEE materials in Spring 2016 classes
  • Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks
  • Recognition as an ESA Education Scholar
  • Be among the first of a growing network of faculty to incorporate data intensive strategies into the classroom

Additionally, participants of the Scaling Up Faculty Mentoring Network will receive travel support of up to $1,000 to participate in the Scaling Up workshop and the Life Discovery –Doing Science Education conference.


Content mentor:      Dr. Tom Langen, Clarkson University

ESA Liason:                 Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America

QUBES partners:     Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh

Kristin Jenkins, BioQUEST

Gaby Hamerlinck, QUBES Postdoctoral Fellow

Arietta Fleming-Davies, QUBES Postdoctoral Fellow

Alison Hale, QUBES Postdoctoral Fellow


This project is made possible through funding from the National Science Foundation:

ESA: EF 1414706

QUBES: DBI 1346584, DUE 1446269, DUE 1446258, and DUE 1446284