C. Melman Neill

C. Melman Neill
Purdue University | Purdue · Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Bachelor of Science
Lab technician at Purdue University, currently searching for graduate opportunities


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BS in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior--Minor in Marine Biology. I am broadly interested in teleost behavioral ecology, physiology, and conservation, as well as science education research centered on evidence-based teaching practices. I am currently working as an ecotoxicology lab technician at Purdue University while I search for graduate opportunities.


Publications (4)
It is critical that we understand and address features of learning environments that encumber students historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Here we consider social elements of group work that can either support or impede learning. We tracked gender-bias in student-teaching assistant (TA) interactions in 184 small groups across 27 introduct...
Laboratory-based research provides great control over individual experimental replicates, but lacks the ecological realism of field work. Therefore, results from laboratory-based work may not reflect natural processes. Field-based studies have the advantage of ecological realism but often lack control over environmental variables and have low rates...
Appendix 1: Characteristics of a CURE and demonstration characteristics from field-based CURE Appendix 2: Example of student final research paper Appendix 3: Example syllabus Appendix 4: Example research paper guidelines Appendix 5: Example research paper grading rubric
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Engaging interested students in field-based research experiences is imperative for cultivating interest in field science and preparing students for a career in field-based science. Here we provide a framework for completing meaningful, authentic course-based research in a five-week field course. Student research outcomes and feedback suggest that a...


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