Gena C. Sbeglia
Stony Brook University
I am an ethologist, microbiologist, and biology education researcher. My research is fundamentally centered around understanding complex systems and developing tools to measure them. More specifically, my biology education research (BER) program focuses on quantitative studies of biology learning (specifically, evolution and biological diversity). I investigate the complex interplay of cognitive, affective, psychosocial, and institutional factors that promote and inhibit meaningful learning of fundamental biological concepts (e.g., natural selection, phylogenetics, matter and energy transformation). My biological research uses a combination of field, lab, and computational approaches to understanding the movement of disease organisms within and among groups of wild social animals. I have earned funding and authored multiple works in peer-reviewed journals in both disciplines.
I am currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow working towards understanding patterns of race- and gender- based attrition from STEM. I recently completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship, which focused on the evaluation and development of core assessment tools for measuring evolution acceptance. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Ross Nehm.