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Ross H. Nehm


Address: 672 Life Sciences Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233

Phone Number:  (631) 632-7247


Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley

M.Ed. Columbia University

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison


Biology education, science assessment, assessment technologies, problem solving processes, science learning, novice-expert studies, evolution education, textbooks and knowledge representation


CSM 650: Introduction to measurement and assessment in science education (Ph.D); Biology 201: Organisms to Ecosystems (Undergraduate).

Professional interest: 

Recent work has focused on science learning, with attention directed at biological concepts such as natural selection and evolution. Additional studies have examined novice and expert reasoning strategies, psychometric evaluation of education instruments, science teacher belief revision and professional development, conceptual structuring of scientific understanding, and the comparative efficacy of educational innovations. Currently, several projects are focusing on developing and evaluating machine-learning models for automated assessment of complex scientific practices, such as biological explanation (see 

Grants and Initiatives: 

Dr. Nehm has served as Principal Investigator on research grants from the National Science Foundation's EAR, CCLI, TUES, CAREER and REESE programs. As PI, he has been awarded more than $2 Million in external funding.

Awards and Service: 

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 National Academies. Dr. Nehm currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Evolution Education and Outreach , Associate Editor for the journal Science & Education , and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching , the Journal of Science Teacher Education , CBE-Life Sciences Education , and the Journal of Science Education and Technology. He also serves on the research advisory boards of several national science education projects, and has served as Panel Chair for several NSF programs. For several years he has served on the NARST Outstanding Dissertation committee. Click here for Dr. Nehm's current CV.


Dr. Nehm is collaborating with six other universities on the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) research project and a study of Chinese biology teachers with Xin Wei (China). Dr. Nehm also has several active projects with Dr. Minsu Ha.


Dr. Nehm is the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. For current publications, please visit:

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