Joel Abraham

Contact Information

Office: MH 129C

Phone: 657-278-3138


Joel K. Abraham

Associate Professor



PhD, University of California, Berkeley

BSc, Howard University

Research Areas

Biology education, student learning, educational technology, plant ecology, urban agriculture

Courses Regularly Taught

Courses Regularly Taught

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


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.

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. (ESSAY)

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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