Dr. Anna S. Grinath

Assistant Professor

Dr. Anna S. Grinath
(615) 898-2847
Room 2147, Science Building (SCI)
MTSU Box 60, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Florida State University (2017)
  • M.S., Florida State University (2012)
  • B.A., Middlebury College (2007)

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A., Sampson, V.D., Enderle, P.J., Grooms, J., (2017). Promoting equitable biology lab instruction by engaging all students in a broad range of science practices: An exploratory study. School Science and Mathematics, 117: 92–103. doi:10.1111/ssm.12212.  

Swain, T. D., Strimaitis, A. M., Reuter, K. E., & Boudreau, W. (2016). Towar...

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Refereed Journal Articles

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A., Sampson, V.D., Enderle, P.J., Grooms, J., (2017). Promoting equitable biology lab instruction by engaging all students in a broad range of science practices: An exploratory study. School Science and Mathematics, 117: 92–103. doi:10.1111/ssm.12212.  

Swain, T. D., Strimaitis, A. M., Reuter, K. E., & Boudreau, W. (2016). Towards integrative systematics of Anthozoa (Cnidaria): evolution of form in the order Zoanthidea. Zoologica Scripta, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/zsc.12195.  

Swain, T.D., Schellinger, J.L., Strimaitis, A.M., Reuter, K.E. 2015. Evolution of anthozoan polyp retraction mechanisms: convergent functional morphology and evolutionary allometry of the marginal musculature in order Zoanthidea (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hexacorallia). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15 (123). DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0406-1  

Strimaitis, A.M., Schellinger, J., Jones, A., Grooms, J. and Sampson, V. 2014. Development of an instrument to assess student knowledge necessary to critically evaluate scientific claims in the popular media. Journal of College Science Teaching, 43 (5), 55-68.  

Strimaitis, A.M. and Sheldon, S.P. 2011. A comparison of macroinvertebrate and epiphyte density and diversity on native and exotic complex macrophytes in three Vermont lakes. Northeastern Naturalist, 18, 149-160.    

Books

Schultz, C and Strimaitis, A.M. BSC1005L General Biology Laboratory Manual (5 ed.). Michigan: Hayden-McNeil, 2016.  

Dixon, K., Brown, G., Underwood, N., Winn, A., Moscarella, R., Garcia, B., Kim, T., McNutt, D., Strimaitis, A.M., Pearson, V., and Landy, A. Investigations in Biology: Biological Science II Laboratory Manual. Michigan: Hayden-McNeil, 2015. 

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Presentations

Refereed Papers Presented at Conferences

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A., Kraft, B., Schultz, C. (2017, April). Relationship between enacting ambitious instruction and developing sophisticated conceptual frameworks of biological knowledge. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.  

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Refereed Papers Presented at Conferences

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A., Kraft, B., Schultz, C. (2017, April). Relationship between enacting ambitious instruction and developing sophisticated conceptual frameworks of biological knowledge. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A. (2017, April). “Tell me why”: Eliciting and responding to student ideas in an undergraduate biology laboraotry course. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A. (2017, April). “I know that’s a weird question”: How undergraduate biology laboratory teaching assistants elicit student explanations. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A. (2016, August). Developing ambitious biology teaching practices to become a sophisicated scientist. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Fort Lauderdale, FL.  

Schultz, C., Strimaitis, A.M. (2016, June). Authentic ecology field investigation for large (or small) general biology lab courses. Major workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), Houston, TX.  

Strimaitis, A.M. (2016, April). Enactment of ambitious instruction in an undergraduate general biology laboratory course for nonscience majors. Poster presented in the Sandra K. Abell Institue for Doctoral Students Symposium at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.  

Whittington, K., Gooden, S., Bowen, M.B., Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A. (2016, April). Validation of the Science Wrap-Up Observation Protocol (SWOP). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.  

Enderle, P. J., Strimaitis, A. M., Grooms, J.A., Sampson, V.D., Southerland, S. A. (2016, April). Comparing laboratory instruction for differently tracked groups of students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.  

Strimaitis, A. M., Browning, K. M., Southerland, S.A., Schultz, C. (2016, April). Reconciling “Everyday Talk” with “Science Talk” in an undergraduate biology laboratory course for nonscience majors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Whittington, K., Southerland, S. A., Schultz, C., (2016, April). Reconciling “Everyday Talk” with “Science Talk” in an undergraduate biology laboratory course. Poster presented at the Council on Research Education (CORE) 2016 Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference, Tallahassee, FL.  

Schellinger, J., Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S.A. (2015, October). Assessing secondary student knowledge necessary to critically evaluate scientific claims in the popular media. Paper presented at the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference, Tallahassee, FL.  

Southerland, S.A., Strimaitis, A.M., Hester, M. (2015, October). Challenging the idea that ADIs are only for “high achievers”: Comparing the success of different acheivement groups. Workshop presented at the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference, Tallahassee, FL.  

Strimaitis, A. M., & Browning, K. M. (2015, August). Discursive interactions about ecological interactions: Making student thinking about trophic relationships visible. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Baltimore, MD.  

Strimaitis, A.M. and Wulff, J.L. 2015. Reciprocal relationships: Responsive removal of picoplankton resources by Caribbean coral reef sponges. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Baltimore, MD.  

Southerland, S.A., Strimaitis, A.M., Enderle, P.J., Sampson, V.D., Grooms, J.A. (2015, May). The Effectiveness of Argumentation in Fostering Science for All: Examining the Effects of Ambitious Instruction in Biology Laboratories. Annual UTeach Conference, Austin, TX.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Enderle, P., Grooms, J., Sampson, V., and Bremer, M., (2015, April). How Teachers Promote Scientific Argumentation Between Students During School Science Laboratories. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S. A., Grooms, J., Enderle, P., and Sampson, V., (2015, April). Structuring Chemistry Laboratories around Argumentation:  Examining the Effectiveness of Argumentation in Fostering Science for All. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S. A., Grooms, J., Enderle, P., and Sampson, V., (2015, April). Structuring Chemistry Laboratories around Argumentation:  Examining the Effectiveness of Argumentation in Fostering Science for All. Paper presented at the Council on Research Education (CORE) 2015 Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference, Tallahassee, FL.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S. A., Grooms, J., Enderle, P., and Sampson, V., (2015, April). The Potential of Ambitious Instruction for Fostering Science for All: A Comparative Case Study. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Enderle, P., Grooms, J. and Sampson, V., (2015, April). Validation of New Biology Instruments that Assess Three Aspects of Science Proficiency. Poster presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.  

Browning, K.M., Strimaitis, A.M., Schellinger, J., Gooden, S.L., and Southerland, S.A., (2015, April). Science Teachers' Beliefs About the Practices of Science as they Relate to Classroom Teaching. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S. A., Enderle, P., Grooms, J., and Sampson, V., (2014, April). The Effectiveness of Argumentation in Fostering Science for All: Examining the Effects of Ambitious Instruction in Biology Laboratories. Paper presented at the Council on Research Education (CORE) 2014 Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference, Tallahassee, FL.

Strimaitis, A.M., Southerland, S. A., Enderle, P., Grooms, J., and Sampson, V., (2014, April). The Effectiveness of Argumentation in Fostering Science for All: Examining the Effects of Ambitious Instruction in Biology Laboratories. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA.  

Enderle, P., Strimaitis, A.M., , Grooms, J. and Sampson, V., (2014, April). Validation of new chemistry instruments that assess three aspects of science proficiency. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Pittsburg, PA.  

Strimaitis, A.M., Schellinger, J., and Swain, T.D., (2011). Evolution of form in Zoanthidea. Poster presented at the annual Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM), Mobile, AL.  

Biggs, B. and Strimaitis, A.M., (2011). Assessing change in sponge community composition after a disturbance: A case study of the Florida Keys 2010 Cold Shock. Presentation at the annual Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM), Mobile, AL.  

Biggs, B. and Strimaitis, A.M.. (2010). The effect of a cold water shock on the coral reef sponge fauna of the Florida Keys, USA. Presentation at the 8th International Sponge Conference, Girona, SPAIN.  

Strimaitis, A.M. and Biggs, B. (2010). Cold shock event reinforces value of monitoring coral reef sponges. Poster presented at Linking Science to Management: A Conference and Workshop on the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem, Duck Key, FL.

Strimaitis, A.M. (2010). Patterns of polychaete preference for mangrove sponge hosts. Poster presented at the 8th International Sponge Conference, Girona, SPAIN.  

Strimaitis, A.M. (2010). Mangrove sponge host preference of a surface dwelling polychaete. Poster presented at the annual Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM). University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC. 

Strimaitis, A.M. (2007). Differential colonization of macrophytes with similar architecture by invertebrates and epiphytic algae in Vermont Lakes. Presentation at the Lake Champlain Research Consortium Student Symposium. Saint Michael’s College, Winooski, VT.    

Invited Lectures

Strimaitis, A.M. 2016. “It’s hard to predict what students will say”: The relationship between ambitious instruction and teaching assistant knowledge integration of biological concepts. School of Teacher Education Colloquium Series. College of Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.  

Strimaitis, A.M. 2012. Filter feeding ecology of erect branching sponges on Caribbean coral reefs. Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series. Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Strimaitis, A.M. 2007. Differential colonization of macrophytes with similar architecture by invertebrates and epiphytic algae in Vermont Lakes. Biology and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry senior thesis presentations. Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

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