Evolutionary ecology: Amphibian communities, sex-determination in reptiles, speciation, and interactions among species.

Craig E. Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he has been since 1966. His biological research (60+ articles and chapters) has been on evolution and ecology, most recently on sex-determination in turtles. His articles on teaching (20+) address critical thinking and mature valuing, diversity, active learning, teaching evolution and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has presented invited workshops these and related topics at numerous national meetings and at many individual institutions (in 36 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, England, and South Africa). He has taught several courses in biology as well as intensive freshman seminars, great books and other honors courses, several collaboratively taught interdisciplinary courses (mostly in environmental studies) and regularly taught a graduate course on "Alternative Approaches to Teaching College Biology." He has been instrumental in the development of IU's award winning Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) program ( and was founding Director of environmental programs in its School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has received several awards for distinguished teaching from IU and nationally competitive awards from Vanderbilt and Northwestern. He has been a Carnegie Scholar since 2000. He was named the Outstanding Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year 2000 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He received the President's Medal for Excellence, "the highest honor bestowed by Indiana University," in 2001.
College Pedagogy, Environmental Sex Determination, Evolution and Ecology, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Teacher Enhancement Program
Biological Science
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Zoology, 1966
education science education teacher education classroom instruction educational evaluation or assessment undergraduate education professional development natural and physical sciences, mathematics and technology biological sciences ecology herpetology vertebrate physiology zoology evolutionary biology evolution

President's Medal for Excellence, University President (Indiana University), 2001

Outstanding Research And Doctoral University Professor Of The Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2000

Carnegie Scholar (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2000