HI. I’m an applied scientist working in the field of Science education.
I work at Amplify on assessment and analytics. My team is a motley crew of other applied scientists, from computer science, linguistics, statistics, and psychology. My focus is on our science curriculum, its use in the classroom, and on improving educational gains in science literacy across all age groups and all abilities. I hope I’m helping kids learn and getting America to be better at, and excited by, science.
I hold a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from CUNY. My dissertation work was conducted at the AMNH under the supervision of Rob DeSalle and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. I now work at a large educational software company as a Data Analyst in the adaptive learning team.
With Amplify, I work on learning analytics and educational data mining projects. I’m a Project Principle on the K-8 Science digital curriculum product. I’m part of a team developing novel analytical approaches to measuring student achievement on technology-enchanted assessments, curriculum apps, and digital simulations using a variety of approaches including item response theory, data mining, and machine learning.
In addition to my work in science education and data analytics, I’m also currently working on some side projects that are extensions of my dissertation work. Chief among these is rewriting diagnostic protocols for Conotrachelus nenuphar using molecular data and new statistical approaches to species identification.