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- Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
- B.S. Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2005
My research focus is mainly pedagogical. I am interested in how student-led research in teaching laboratories affects student attitudes toward and retention in the biological sciences. Additionally, I am interested in whether there is a student learning trade-off between gains in analytical thinking skills and factual knowledge when students are taught using inquiry-based pedagogical methods.
From a biological perspective, I am interested in how genetic exchange affects the processes of adaptation to and speciation in novel environments. I use Tribolium castaneum as a model system.
- Kendall, KD, M Niemiller, D Dittrich-Reed, LD Chick, L Wilmoth, A Milt, M Burt, N Lopes, L Cantwell, L Rubio, A Allison, and EE Schussler. 2013. Departments can develop teaching identities of graduate students. CBE Life Sciences Education 12: 316-317.
- Dittrich-Reed, DR, BM Fitzpatrick. 2012. Transgressive hybrids as hopeful monsters. Evolutionary Biology. DOI 10.1007/s11692-012-9209-0.
- Pruitt, JN, KW Demes, DR Dittrich-Reed. 2011. Temperature mediates shifts in individual aggressiveness, activity-level, and social behavior in a spider. Ethology 117 (4): 318-325.
- Strauss, SY, ML Stanton, NC Emery, CA Bradley, A Carleton, DR Dittrich-Reed, OA Ervin, LN Gray, AM Hamilton, JH Rogge, SD harper, KC Law, VQ Pham, ME Putnam, TM Roth, JH Theil, LM Wells, EM Yoshizuka. 2009. Cryptic seedling herbivory by nocturnal introduced generalists impacts survival, performance of native and exotic plants. Ecology 90 (2): 419-429.
- BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
- Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
- Society for the Study of Evolution