Biology

Stephen Rybczynski

 

Stephen Rybczynski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Biology; Science Education

Office: 318 Henry
Phone: (616) 331-3278
Email: rybczyns@gvsu.edu

Education:

Ph.D. Botany/Science Education, Miami University, 2011

M.S. Biology, Northern Michigan University, 2005

CERT MI Secondary Education, Northern Michigan University, 1999

B.S. Biology/Ecology, Northern Michigan University, 1997

 

 

Courses taught at GVSU:

BIO 105 Environmental Science

EDI 331 Methods and Strategies of Secondary Teaching

SCI 225 Integrated Life Science for K-8 Pre-Service Teachers

SCI 610 Graduate Research Seminar

 

 

Research interests:

My scholarship focuses on the development of inquiry-based investigations for use in K-12 classrooms.  Current projects include: 1) the influence of stream ecosystem attributes on benthic invertebrate community structure and 2) trophic relationships among beetle seed predators, wasp parasitoids and trees in the Legume family.  I am also interested in the relationships among instructional strategies, student attitude, and Nature of Science understanding.

 

 

Recent Publications:

Rybczynski, Stephen M. (In press) Next generation botany: Infusing plant biology into the curriculum with redbud. The Science Teacher.

Bautista, Nazan U., Elisabeth E. Schussler, Stephen M. Rybczynski. (2014) Instructional experiences of graduate assistants implementing explicit and reflective introductory biology laboratories. International Journal of Science Education 36(7):1184-1209.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Elisabeth E. Schussler. (2013) The effects of instructional model on student attitude in an introductory undergraduate biology laboratory. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Vol. 7:No. 2, Article 22.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Elisabeth E. Schussler.  (2010) Student Use of out-of-class study groups in an introductory undergraduate biology course. CBE-Life Sciences Education 10:74–82.

Schussler, Elisabeth E., Lisette E. Torres, Stephen M. Rybczynski, Gary W. Gerald, Emy Monroe, Purbasha Sarkar, Dhan Shahi, and Muna A. Osman.  (2008) Transforming the teaching of science graduate students through reflection.  Journal of College Science Teaching 38(1):32-36.

Rybczynski, Stephen M., David M. Walters, Ken M. Fritz, and Brent R. Johnson. (2008) Comparing trophic position of stream fishes using stable isotope and gut contents analyses. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 17:199-206.

Manuscripts:

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Keith Piccard (In Prep) Using Scientific Inquiry to teach Ecosystem Attributes of Aquatic Systems. To be submitted to Science Scope.

Rybczynski, Stephen M., Li Zheng, and R. James Hickey (In Prep) An Inquiry-based Lesson to Teach the Ecology of Flowering Plants, Seed Eating Beetles, and Parasitic Wasps. To be submitted to Science Teacher.

Presentations:

Rybczynski, Stephen M. (2012) The Effects of Inquiry Instruction on Student Attitude towards an Introductory Biology Lab Course. Oral Presentation as the Faculty Research Colloquium, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Keith Piccard (2012) Inquiry based learning with macroinvertebrates. Oral Presentation at Fall Science Update, Grand Rapids, MI.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. (2012) From the field to the classroom: Linking biology research with the scholarship of teaching and learning. Invited Seminar for Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. (2011) Effects of inquiry vs. direct instruction on student attitude towards biology lab. Invited Seminar for the University of Oklahoma Department of Botany & Microbiology, Norman, OK.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Elisabeth E. Schussler (2011) Effects of inquiry vs. direct instruction on student attitude towards biology lab. Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, MO.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Elisabeth E. Schussler (2010) Factors affecting student attitude: A comparison of inquiry vs. expository undergraduate biology laboratories.  Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Providence, RI.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Elisabeth E. Schussler (2009) Out-of-class Study Group Usage in an Introductory Undergraduate Biology Course.  Oral Presentation at the National Meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.

Schussler, Elisabeth E. and Stephen M. Rybczynski. (2008)  Plant versus Animal Content in Elementary Science Textbooks.  Poster presentation at National Association for Research in Science Teaching National Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Elisabeth E. Schussler. (2008) Student preconceptions of the role of pollen in the plant life cycle.  Poster presentation at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, MD.

Rybczynski, Stephen M., David M. Walters, Ken M. Fritz, and Brent R. Johnson. (2006) Effects of diet and trophic position on PCB concentration in stream fishes. Oral presentation for the Science and Mission Seminar Series, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Ecological Exposure Research Division, Cincinnati, OH.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and David M. Walters. (2006) Correspondence of stable isotope and gut contents analysis in determining trophic position of stream fishes. Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society, Anchorage, AK.

Rybczynski, Stephen M. and Mac Strand. (2005) Effects of periphyton quantity and quality on the benthic community characteristics of five south shore lake superior tributaries. Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society, New Orleans, LA.

Scientific and Professional Societies:

Michigan Science Teachers Association
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Science Teachers Association

 

 


 



 


 

 

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