Shari Ellis, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Researcher
Center for Informal Science Education
Florida Museum of Natural History
UF Cultural Plaza | P.O. Box 112710 | Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Phone: 352-273-2066

Research Interests


I bring a background in Developmental and Cross-Cultural Psychology to the PCP PIRE. My research focuses on the development of scientific reasoning in school and informal settings and public understanding of science. I am a co-PI on FOSSIL—Fostering Opportunities for Synergistic STEM with Informal Learners and involved in the evaluation component of several other NSF funded projects including the PCP-PIRE, The Great American Biotic Interchange RET, Open Tree,  and  iDigBio: The National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections.


Selected Publications


MacFadden, B. J., Oviedo, L. H., Seymour, G.M.& Ellis, S. (2012). Fossil horses, orthogenesis, and communicating evolution in museums. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 5, 29-37.


Ellis, S., & Dunckel, B. (2010). Creating opportunities through classroom-based early childhood science. Museums and Social Issues, 5, 105 - 116.


MacFadden, B. J., Dunckel, B. A., Ellis S., Dierking, L. D., Abraham-Silver, L., Kisiel, J., & Koke, J. (2007). Natural history museum visitors' understanding of evolution. BioScience, 57, 875-883.


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