Rebecca Jordan, Ph.D., Professor (On Leave)
Biography: Dr. Rebecca Jordan received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the advisement of Francis Juanes. Her dissertation research investigated the visually guided mating behavior of Lake Malawi cichlid fish. Rebecca took a post-doctoral position as a Science and Technology Council Fellow with James Gould at Princeton University. There she expanded her interests to animal learning in general and incorporated work with undergraduate science learning. After two years at Princeton, Rebecca took a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Elizabeth City State University as part of a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Elizabeth City, Rebecca continued her work with fishes in the capacity of providing undergraduates with research experience. She focused mainly on poeciliids. Also in Elizabeth City, Rebecca broadened her study of science learning to incorporate informal audiences. Rebecca is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Education and Citizen Science in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and Human Ecology at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Here she works with graduate students and undergraduates in the study of behavior in Lake Malawi cichlids or in the study of science learning in grades 6-Life learners. As Director of the Program in Science Learning, however, she he devotes most of her research effort to investigating public learning of science.