Professor of Biology and Integrated Science
2200D Kindschi Hall of Science
Areas of Expertise
Science Education, General Biology, Ecology
Michigan Science Teachers Association
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Science Teachers Association
Society for College Science Teachers
Courses Taught at GVSU
BIO 104 Biology for the 21st Century
BIO 120 General Biology I
BIO 121 General Biology II
SCI 225 Integrated Life Science for K-8
SCI 336 Ecology for K-8 Preservice Teachers
I conduct teacher preparation at GVSU, and K-12 outreach and professional development for school districts throughout West Michigan. My specific interests include the integration of NGSS dimensions (science practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) in the Next Generation Science Standards; and integration of earth, life, and physical sciences within contextual learning, for example of global climate change. I also mentor preservice teachers in the development of inquiry-based science curricula, like the 5E lessons below.
Forest for the Trees (community structure and succession)
Spork and Beans (natural selection and adaptation)
The Biodiversity Box (biodiversity and conservation)
The Biodiversity Invasion (species diversity and invasive species)
D.A. Biology, Idaho State University, 2001
M.S. Biology, Portland State University, 1997
B.S. Biology, Oregon State University, 1992
(*undergraduate student, **graduate student)
Woller-Skar, M., H. Snyder**, and C. Dobson. Accepted. Heat exchange on the scale of ecosystems in the lab: Using bottle biology to measure the impact of vegetation on regional climate. The American Biology Teacher.
Dobson, C., M. Woller-Skar, and J. Green. 2017. An inquiry-based activity to show the importance of sample size and random sampling. Science Scope, 40(8):76-81.
Koren, E.*, J. Meaney*, G. Roloff, C. Dobson, and J. Jacquot. 2016. Practicing citizen science: An investigation of schoolyard resource availability and population dynamics. MSTA Journal, 61(2):57-67.
Dobson, C. and A. Bennett. 2014. The biodiversity invasion: 5E lesson addresses NGSS. MSTA Journal, 59(1):52-61.
Dobson, C. and D. Postema. 2014. The amazing ecology of terrestrial isopods: Third-grade students investigate roly-polies to learn about ecosystems. Science and Children, 51(7):60-66.
Dobson, C., S. Brusselmans, S. Ruddy, and J. Swidorski. 2013. Forest for the trees: 5E lesson addresses NGSS. MSTA Journal, 58(2):1-8.
Dobson, C., S. Oostdyk*, and P. Radtke*. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: Lost in the woods? Science Scope, 37(1):53-59.
Wampler, L.* and C. Dobson. 2010. Helicopter seeds and hypotheses...that's funny! Tried and True: Time-Tested Activities for Middle School, ed. Liftig, I., NSTA Press, National Science Teachers Association.
Joseph, S.** and C. Dobson. 2010. Life science arcade aligned with 2009 science GLCEs. MSTA Journal, 55(2):64.
Burton, S. and C. Dobson. 2009. Spork & beans: Addressing evolutionary misconceptions. The American Biology Teacher, 71(2):89-91.
Dobson, C. 2008. Critical Thinking Skills: Measuring Cognitive Development with Bloom's Taxonomy. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing, 40 pp.
Dobson, C. 2008. Ecological field studies: Through field studies, students learn scientific process and ecological content. The Science Teacher, 75(2):40-43.
Zeeff, C.*, A. Palazzolo*, and C. Dobson. 2007. Doing sophisticated science simply: Help students understand the nature of science. Science Scope, 31(2):72-73.
(*undergraduate student, †author only)
Dobson, C., S. Oostdyk, and P. Radtke. 2015. Next Generation Science Standards: Lost in the woods? National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Chicago, IL.
Dobson, C., S. Brusselmans†, S. Ruddy†, and J. Swidorski†. 2014. Forest for the trees: 5E lesson addresses NGSS. National Association of Biology Teachers National Convention, Cleveland, OH.
Dobson, C., H. Miller, P. Llerandi-Roman†, and S. Mattox†. 2013. Integrating climate change for elementary pre-service teachers. National Science Teachers Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Dobson, C. and S. Haley*. 2012. Global climate change and integrated science. National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Burton, S. and C. Dobson. 2010. Spork & beans: Addressing evolutionary misconceptions. National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Wampler, L.* and C. Dobson. 2009. Helicopter seeds and hypotheses...that's funny! Michigan Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI.
Dobson, C., S. Arehart†, S. Ruddy†, and J. Swidorski†. 2008. Forest ecology in the classroom. National Association of Biology Teachers National Convention, Memphis, TN.
Dobson, C. and M. Gauss†. 2007. The biodiversity box. National Science Teachers Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO.