Ross H. Nehm, Professor (
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Science education, evolution education, cognition
Lab Website: Nehm Lab Website
The Nehm Lab studies science learning, with a focus on biological concepts such as
natural selection and evolution. We explore novice and expert reasoning strategies,
the psychometric evaluation of measurement instruments, situated cognition and the
conceptual restructuring of folk-biological knowledge, and the comparative efficacy
of educational innovations. Recently, the lab has collaborated with computer scientists
to build machine-learning models for the automated analysis of complex scientific
practices (such as evolutionary explanations). The lab has been supported by the National
Science Foundation's EAR, CCLI, TUES I, TUES II, TUES III, CAREER, REESE Programs,
and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Program. As
Principal Investigator, Dr. Nehm has been awarded > $3M in research funding.
Dr. Nehm is associate director of the Ph.D. Program in Science Education at Stony Brook. Dr. Nehm's major awards include a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, a teaching award from Berkeley, and a mentoring award from CUNY. In 2013-14 Dr. Nehm was named an Education Mentor in the Life Sciences by the U.S. National Academies. Dr. Nehm currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evolution Education and Outreach , Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), Associate Editor of the journal Science & Education , Editor of the journal of CBE-Life Sciences Education , and board member of many other journals. He has served on the research advisory boards of many federally-funded, national science education projects, and has served as Panel Chair for several NSF programs.