Bryan H. Nichols
I am an associate professor of science and environmental education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. I have a PhD in science education (University of South Florida), and masters degrees in marine science and journalism, with field research and teaching experience from British Columbia to Belize. I studied the behavioral ecology of wildlife including rockfishes and goliath grouper, and have taught students from Grade 4 up. I believe formal (classroom) and informal educators are critically important to creating and sustaining just, resilient, enriching societies; my work suggests that carefully conceived science literacy and environmental literacy can play critical roles in helping people from diverse backgrounds meet the many challenges of our changing world.
- Pragmatic frameworks for environmental and science literacy, including earth smarts, 3cScience motivation (curiosity, connections, compassion), seven qualities of great science educators, and practical science.
- The affective (emotional) and moral aspects of effective science and environmental education, including socioscientific and socioenvironmental issues pedagogy.
- Improving our relationships with the other animals we share the planet with, including ways to teach and nurture rational compassion. I have studied and encountered some amazing wildlife in the field, including wolves, bears, sharks, and orca, and know how motivating wild animals can be for learners of all ages.
- SCE 4113 Science Content & Standards for K-6 Teachers
- SCE 4350 Principles and Methods: K-9 School Science
- SCE 4360 Science: Middle and Secondary School
- SCE 6151 Science: Elementary & Middle School
- SCE 6345 Perspectives of Environmental Education
- SCE 6344 Advanced Methods of Environmental Education
- SCE 6644 Trends & Issues in Environmental Education
- SCE 6196 Capstone Study in Environmental Education
Dr. Bryan Nichols
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Office Location: EC MC12 - 207E