Understanding Evolution: your one-stop source for information on evolution


Support for this project has been provided by:

The National Science Foundation under grant no. 0096613. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute under grant no. 51003439.

This site is a collaborative project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education.

Principal Investigators:

Roy Caldwell is a professor in the Dept. of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and Interim Director of UCMP. Though Roy's early research centered on insect migration, now his interests lie in tropical marine invertebrate behavior and ecology. His current research is focused on the behavioral ecology of stomatopod crustaceans, a group of tropical marine predators commonly known as mantis shrimp. Roy received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1969.

David R. Lindberg is the Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and past Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP). His research interests focus on the evolution of select organisms (mostly Mollusca), and the resultant interactions between organisms and their habitats through time. He has done research and field work for more than 15 years along much of the eastern Pacific margin. Additionally he is the PI on three K-12 outreach projects at UCMP, focusing on the use of technology to increase access to scientific resources. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Project Coordination:

Judy Scotchmoor is Director of Education and Public Programs at the UC Museum of Paleontology. Prior to this position, she was a 7th and 8th grade Science teacher for 25 years. Her love of paleontological fieldwork was contagious to her students and became the basis of her science curriculum, naturally integrating multiple disciplines of science. Judy also recognizes the use of technology as a tool to teach and to learn. Now, at the museum, her roles are many, but her primary interest remains the use of paleontology as a vehicle for improving science education in the classroom.

Teacher Associate:

Al Janulaw serves as a Teacher Associate of UCMP and is past-president of California Science Teachers Association. He teaches the science methods course in the multi-subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University. He has extensive experience working with inservice and preservice teachers on curriculum development and pedagogical strategies in grades K-12. In June 2001 he retired from teaching after 32 years of working with children in grades four through eight.

Web Design, Graphics and Production:

Josh Frankel is the UCMP webmaster. He majored in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and has worked as a website producer/designer for several years. He's also a cartoonist.

Dave Smith fell in love with dinosaurs as a kid and dreamed of being a paleontologist. In college, Dave found that certain requirements like calculus, physics, chemistry, and computer science did not, well...agree with him, so he gave up all hope of ever digging up a dinosaur and fell back on his second love, art. Now Dave combines his talents as a graphic artist for the UC Museum of Paleontology and has been helping to dig up dinosaurs for the past fourteen summers.

Science Advisors and Content Providers:

Alan D. Gishlick is a Post Doctoral Scholar of the National Center For Science Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution in public schools. His research interests include the functional transitions in the history of life, their role in concepts of biological identity and their uses in interpreting patterns of evolution. He is also interested in the teaching of the history of life; and the interface between science and religion, especially as it relates to biological evolution. He received a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics at Yale University.

Eric Meikle is the Outreach Coordinator at the National Center for Science Education. He was formerly a Research Associate at the Institute of Human Origins and Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Department, Arizona State University. He has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has done research on fossil Old World monkeys. He has been teaching human and primate evolution for over twenty years.

Eugenie C. Scott, a physical anthropologist, is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit organization defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools. She has written widely on the creation and evolution controversy, and is consulted by teachers, school boards, and the media for advice on the teaching of evolution. Genie was the recipient of the 2002 National Science Board Public Service Award.

Caroline A.E. Strömberg is a postdoctoral fellow at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. She recently finished her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the origin and spread of grasslands and how that influences the evolution of associated fauna (e.g., horses). She has done extensive fieldwork throughout central and western United States, as well as Patagonia and Colombia. She continues to be involved with educational outreach programs through the UCMP.

Anna Thanukos is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant of UCMP, with interests in evolutionary genetics, phylogenetics, and science communication. She has been a primary author for much of the content in the website and coordinates the development of all research profiles. Anna has a masters in Integrative Biology and a Ph.D. in Science and Math Education at UC Berkeley.

Carl Zimmer writes frequently about evolution. His books include At the Water's Edge (1998), Parasite Rex (2000), and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2001). He contributes articles to magazines including National Geographic, Science, and Popular Science. His column "The Evolutionary Front" appears regularly in Natural History. A former senior editor at Discover, he has won several honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, for his work.

Teacher Advisors:

Jennifer Collins is a secondary life science teacher with a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. She has experience at both the middle school and high school level. In addition to teaching, she loves to design curriculum, lead workshop sessions, and assist her husband in biological field work.

Scott Hays has been involved in public school education since 1977. He taught 4-8th grade in a two-room, rural school for twenty years, spent about four years as a provider of professional development in the areas of science and language acquisition, and retired in 2005 after teaching seventh grade history and English/Language Arts. He teaches children, by the way, and not programs!

Sharon Janulaw was the Director of the North Bay Science Project, a California Science Project site housed at Sonoma State University. She is a Science Education Specialist with the Sonoma County Office of Education. Sharon is on leave from the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District where she has taught junior kindergarten, kindergarten and first grades, and taught science units, the GLOBE program, Science Olympiad, and the HP Mentor program in second through fifth grade classrooms.

Anne Monk has been a middle school science teacher for more than 10 years. She has also served as the Director of Education at Marine World, worked as a field researcher and naturalist, and been involved with informal science education programs for over 20 years. Anne is a founding member of the Mills College teacher training program: Leadership In Teaching Elementary Science (LITES). She is the recipient of the Craven and the Klingenstein Awards for excellence in teaching. Anne currently teaches middle school science at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco, California.

Mark Stefanski is a 16+ year veteran of high school science classrooms, and he has taught at all four grade levels. Among the recognition he has received are an Access Excellence Fellowship and the NSTA's Ohaus Award for innovative teaching strategies in high school science. Mark is currently teaching at Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA., while also working as an independent education consultant. He is happily married to a middle school science teacher with two cats.

Mark Terry has been teaching at the secondary level in both public and independent schools for over thirty years, in New York, California, Oregon and Washington. He is co-founder of the Northwest School in Seattle, acting as Head of School 1983-1990, and then Head of Science Department since 1990. Mark authored a book on environmental education, Teaching for Survival (New York: Ballantine 1971) and has written associated essays over the years. Mark received a BA in Anthropology (Physical), University of Washington; MAT in Science Education, Cornell University; and completed one year toward his Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology, University of Washington.

Graduate Students:

Crissy Huffard recently finished her graduate work in the Department of Integrative Biology. Her interests in the behavior, ecology and evolution of Cephalopods, particularly pygmy octopuses, have led her to describe the behavioral ecology of a type of octopus in the Indo-Pacific for her Ph.D. dissertation. In her spare time, Crissy creates scientific illustrations. She has helped prepare images and graphic designs for Understanding Evolution.

Andrew Lee is pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Integrative Biology and is a student member of the UCMP. His research focuses on the relationship between structure and function of limb bones in dinosaurs. He is particularly interested in understanding how evolutionary changes in limb function influence the histology of those limb bones. Teaching is one of his other interests whether it is K-12 English, undergraduate biology, or leading museum tours.

Elizabeth Perotti is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology and an active student in the UCMP. Her graduate research focuses on the relative importance of geologic and evolutionary history to ecology. She works in the rocky intertidal and her field work is mostly conducted around San Francisco Bay. She is also interested in developing phylogenetic tests for evaluating adaptive radiation and methods of reconstructing large phylogenies. Liz contributes to the Understanding Evolution website by developing cases studies in evolution, like "Aloha-Spider Style" and hopes to pursue a career in research and science education after graduating.

Judy Sheen received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley in 2001 and her undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard-Radcliffe college. While still a graduate student, she worked with the project team to gather content data on the importance of evolution to today's society. She is currently working in the field of environmental engineering as a planner.