I am a co-founder of the Data Nuggets K-16 educational resource program that strives to increase students’ quantitative reasoning abilities by using real data from exciting and relevant contemporary research.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher on our NSF DRK-12 collaborative grant between Michigan State University and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). The main objective of this grant is to conduct a formal efficacy study examining how the integration of Data Nuggets into existing curriculum effects student outcomes in quantitative reasoning tasks such as graphing, constructing explanations based on evidence as well as their attitudes and interest in science.
I am also the Education Program Coordinator for the Lake Ecology Education Program through the Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Association. This program focuses on teaching middle school students about the environment with hands-on and place-based experiences that they can relate to their everyday lives. The aim is to foster an understanding and appreciation for their local lakes and promote lifelong stewardship.
My background is in aquatic behavioral ecology and fisheries management. My dissertation research examined the ecological consequences of individual differences in foraging boldness in juvenile bluegill sunfish, with an emphasis on the importance of studying interactions between ecology and behavior in field settings. I conducted my research at the Kellogg Biological Station’s Experimental Pond Lab facility alongside my doctoral advisor Dr. Gary Mittelbach to track differences in growth, survival, and habitat use based on individual behavioral types.
Melissa K. Kjelvik
BEACON, Michigan State University