Advancing the Study of Lab Education

In my lab, we work on both basic evolutionary ecology research and pedagogy research related to inquiry-based learning in laboratory courses. Recently, students in my lab have been investigating the role of diet on the microbiome in the bean beetle (Callosobruchus maculatus) model system.

My pedagogy research has focused on faculty professional development and using the bean beetle as a model system for guided inquiry labs in collaboration with Dr. Larry Blumer at Morehouse College. In addition, I collaborate with Dr. Rachelle Spell on the Research Experiences in Introductory Laboratories (REIL) Biology project that has pulled together a network of faculty interested in authentic research experiences in introductory biology laboratory courses.

Finally, I am the lead editor of Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE), a peer-review journal of practice in ecology education, and the president of the Association for Biology Education (ABLE), an international professional organization for faculty who teach biology laboratory courses at the college and university level.


For more details on bean beetles as a model system in teaching, see

For information on the REIL-Biology project, see

To learn more about TIEE, see

If you teach a biology lab course and want to join a community of practice, check out ABLE.


Dr. Christopher Beck
Professor of Pedagogy
Department of Biology
Emory University
1510 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30322

christopher [dot] beck [at] emory [dot] edu