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Contact Information

Office: MH 224B

Phone: 657-278-3138

Email: jkabraham@fullerton.edu

Joel K. Abraham

Professor and Director of Catalyst Center




PhD, University of California, Berkeley

BSc, Howard University

Research Areas

Biology education, educational technology, graphing skills, plant ecology, urban agriculture

Courses Regularly Taught

Courses Regularly Taught

Evolution and Biodiversity, Seminar in Biology Education, Plant Ecology, Professional Aspects of Biology: Teaching, Think Like Einstein


Vourlitis, G., E. van der Veen, S. Cangahuala, G. Jaeger, C. Jensen, C. Fissore, E.M. Wood, J. K. Abraham, K. S. Whittemore; E. Slaven, D. VanOverbeke, J. Blauth, E. Braker, N. Karnovsky, W. M. Meyer, III. 2022. Examining decomposition and nitrogen mineralization in five common urban habitat types across Southern California to inform sustainable landscaping. Urban Science. 6, 61. 

Shukla, S.Y., E. Theobold, J.K. Abraham, R.M. Price. 2022. Reframing educational outcomes: Moving beyond achievement gaps. Life Sciences Education. 21: 1-11.

Gardner, S. M., E. Suazo-Flores, S. Maruca, J. K. Abraham, A. Karippadath, E. Meir. 2021. Biology Undergraduate Students’ Graphing Practice in Digital versus Pen and Paper Graphing Environments. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 30: 431-446

Ellwood, E. R., J. A. Sessa, J. K. Abraham, A. E. Budden, N. Douglas, R. Guralnick, E. Krimmel, T. Langen, D. Linton, M. Phillips, P. S. Soltis, M. Studer, L. D. White, J. Williams, A. K. Monfils. 2019. Biodiversity Science and the Twenty-First Century Workforce. BioScience. 70: 119-121.

Pelaez, N., Anderson, T. R. Anderson, S. M. Gardner, Y. Yin, J. K. Abraham, E. L. Bartlett, C. Gormally, M. Hoover, C. A. Hurney, T. M. Long, D. L. Newman, K. Sirum, M. T. Stevens. 2018. A community-building framework for collaborative research coordination across the education and biology research disciplines. CBE-Life Sciences Education. 17: 1-10.

Clarke-Midura, J., D. Pope, S. Maruca, J. K. Abraham, E. Meir. 2018. Iterative design of a simulation-based module for teaching evolution by natural selection. Evolution: Outreach and Education. 11:4 1-17.

Pelaez, N., T. Anderson, S. M. Gardner, Y. Yin, J.K. Abraham, E. Bartlett, C. Gormally, J. P. Hill, M. Hoover, C. Hurney, T. Long, D. L. Newman, K. Sirum, M. Stevens. 2016. The Basic Competencies of Biological Experimentation: Concept-Skill Statements. Purdue International Biology Education Research Group: Instructional Innovation Materials. 

Price, R. M., D. S. Pope, J. K. Abraham, S. Maruca, E. Meir. 2016. Observing populations and testing predictions about genetic drift in a computer simulation improves college students’ conceptual understanding. Evolution: Outreach and Education 9: 1-14.

Abraham, J. K., K. E. Perez, R.M Price. 2014. The Dominance Concept Inventory: a tool for assessing undergraduate student misconceptions about dominance in Mendelian and population genetics. CBE-Life Sciences Education 13: 349-358.

Price, R. M., T. C. Andrews, T. L. McElhinny, L. S. Mead, J. K. Abraham, A. Thanukos, K. E. Perez. 2014. The Genetic Drift Inventory: a tool for measuring what advanced undergraduates have mastered about genetic drift. CBE-Life Sciences Education 13: 65-75.

Abraham, J. K., J. A. Reynolds. 2013. Human diversity in science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 115.

Abraham, J. K., K. Perez, N. J. Downey, J. C. Herron, E. Meir. 2012. Short lesson plan associated with increased acceptance of evolutionary theory and potential change in three alternate conceptions of macroevolution in undergraduate students. CBE-Life Sciences Education 11: 152-164.

Abraham, J. K., E. Meir, J. Perry, J. C. Herron, S. Maruca, D. Stal. 2009. Addressing undergraduate student misconceptions about natural selection with an interactive simulated laboratory. Evolution: Education and Outreach2: 393-404.

Abraham, J. K., J. D. Corbin, C. D. D’Antonio. 2009. California native and exotic perennial grasses differ in their response to increased nitrogen, exotic annual grass density, and order of emergence. Plant Ecology 201: 445-456.

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