Charlene D'Avanzo

Natural Science
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: (413) 559-5569, Fax:(413) 559-5448
Research: Marine Ecology
                Science Education

Background and Research Focus

Charlene D'Avanzo is Professor of Ecology in the School of Natural Sciences. She received her Ph.D. through the Boston University Marine Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. For over 25 years her research has focused on the ecology of estuarine ecosystems with regard to nitrogen dynamics. In the Waquoit Bay National Science Foundation LMER (Land Margin Ecosystems Research) program she linked nutrient loading in densely populated Cape Cod to effects on ecosystem metabolism, including anoxia and fish kill events.

Most recently Charlene has turned her attention to science education reform. Her projects include being:

• lead-PI on TIEE (Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology), a $0.5 million NSF Materials Development grant for the creation of a website and CD designed to help ecology faculty include more student-active approaches in lecture and lab.

• co-PI with STEMTEC, a $5 million NSF program designed to attract more undergraduates to K-12 science and math teaching by changing how undergraduate science courses are taught, especially at the introductory level.

• lead-PI on NSFEC (New England Science Faculty Enhancement Collaborative) a $405,000 NSF grant that has established a collaborative of colleges throughout New England offering workshops on student-active teaching for college science faculty

Selected publications

D’Avanzo, C. and J.N. Kremer. 1994. Diel oxygen dynamics and anoxia in Waquoit Bay, a eutrophic embayment on Cape Cod, MA. Estuaries 17:131-139

D'Avanzo, C. J.N. Kremer and S. Wainright. 1996.Ecosystem metabolism in response to eutrophication in shallow temperate estuaries. Marine Ecology Progress Series 141:263-274.

McNeal, A. and C. D'Avanzo. 1997. Student-Active Science: Models of Innovation in College Science Teaching. Saunders College Publ., Philadelphia

C. D'Avanzo. executive producer. 2000. How Change Happens: Breaking the Teach as You Were Taught Cycle in Science and Math. 15 min video. funded by NSF & distributed by Films for Humanities and Sciences

C. D'Avanzo. executive producer. 2001. Inventing the Future: The K-16 Connection in Science. 20 min. video, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation & distributed by Films for Humanities and Sciences

C. D'Avanzo and R. Yutetich, editors. 2001. Pathways to Change. The Journal of Mathematics and Science 4: 1-186.

C. D'Avanzo. 2002. Why College Science Faculty Should Learn About Research and Evaluation of Higher Order Thinking. Symposium. Pathways to Change International Conference, Apr. 18-22, Arlington, VA.

C. D'Avanzo. 2002. What's killing the coral reef and seagrasses, Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Issues to Teach Ecology, Volume I, Issue No. 1

C. D'Avanzo and S. Musante. 2002. What are the impacts of introduced species? Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Issues to Teach Ecology. Volume I, Issue No. 2.

C. D'Avanzo. 2002. The ecology of disturbance. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Issues to Teach Ecology. Volume I, Issue No. 3.

C. D'Avanzo. 2002. Human alteration of nitrogen dynamics. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Issues to Teach Ecology. Volume I, Issue No. 4.

C. D'Avanzo. 2002. Ecology of habitat contrasts: An example from the Holyoke Range, MA. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Experiments to Teach Ecology, Volume II, Experiment No. 1..

Work With Students and Courses

Charlene works with students interested in a wide range of ecological and environmental areas: conservation ecology, aquatic and marine ecology, wetlands ecology, water pollution and sustainablity, and environmental education. She established the aquaculture program at Hampshire and is proud to say that two Hampshire alums own aquaculture facilitites that account for more fish sold in MA than other other facilities combined. Many of her students go on to graduate school in ecology and related fields. Presently her students are in graduate programs in ecology at the University of Georgia, University of Alaska, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and University of Minnesota.

Courses she teaches include: Aquatic Ecology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Science Education, Seminars in Conservation Ecology and Marine/Aquatic Ecology, Living Machines as Sustainable Systems. During January terms she has offered field courses in Belize and Puerto Rico.