Educational & Professional Experience
My research interests are in both Biology and Biology Education.
In Biology, members of my lab focus on the physiological ecology of marine invertebrates. My current students are working on restoration of our local abalone species Haliotis kamtschatkana, in collaboration with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. We are investigating methods of larval outplanting to determine if this is a viable option to bolster wild populations, and we trying to optimize diets of post-larval abalone to maximize growth and minimize mortality in a hatchery setting.
In Biology Education, I am investigating different aspects of active learning in a large-enrollment, non-majors Biology class. My current research project is to determine how placing students in different types of working groups affects their content gains and attitudes about working in groups.
D.A. Donovan, Connell, G.L., and D.Z. Grunspan. (2016) Student learning outcomes and attitudes using three methods of group formation in a non-majors biology class. CBE – Life Sci. Ed. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.17-12-0283.
Connell, G.L., D.A. Donovan, and T.G. Chambers. (2016) Increasing the use of student-centered pedagogies from moderate to high improves student learning and attitudes about biology. CBE – Life Sci. Ed., 15: 1-15
Donovan, D.A., E.J. Borda, D.M. Hanley, and C.J. Landel. (2015) Participation in a multi-institutional curriculum development project changed science faculty knowledge and beliefs about teaching science. J. Sci. Teach. Educ. 26: 193-216.
Donovan, D.A., J.V. Rousseau, I.Y. Salter, L.J. Atkins, A. Acevedo-Gutierrez, R.F. Kratz, C.J. Landel, V. Mullen, P. Pape-Lindstrom. (2014) Life Science and Everyday Thinking. It’s About Time: New York.
Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan, L.M. Portis*, and T.A. Goulding*. (2013) Whelks induce an effective defense against sea stars. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 493: 195-206.
Donovan, D.A., L.J. Atkins, I.Y. Salter, D.J. Gallagher, R.F. Kratz, J.V. Rousseau, and G.D. Nelson. (2013) Advantages and challenges of using physics curricula as a model for reforming an undergraduate biology course. CBE – Life Sci. Ed., 12: 215-229.
Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan, and K.E. Andrews*. (2010) Should I stay or should I go: predator and conspecific induced hatching in a marine snail. Oecologia. 163: 69-78.