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One thing that unites all of us in LongLab is that we LOVE biology! We love learning about how and why life works in the ways it does - and we can't help but want everyone else to love it as much as we do. We know that not everyone feels the same way as us, and sometimes that's because of bad experiences in classes or feeling that it can't be understood. Because of this, we are curious about approaches, tools, and environments that make biology accessible, relevant, and understandable. Our research explores how students learn biology, including factors that can help (or hinder) students in mastering biological concepts and skills. In particular, we focus on the role of visual representations and how these contribute to learning, reasoning, and conceptual change over short- and long-terms.
Our team includes postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates from diverse interests and expertise. Our lab members have included folds from plant biology, ecology, cognitive science, informatics, human biology, evolution, and neuroscience. Please visit our Research page for more about the work we do and a summary of our current and past projects. If you think you might like to join our team, please check for opportunities in our lab or contact me for more information.