Daniel Udovic is Emeritus Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1973. He is also a member of the University’s Institute of Ecology and Evolution. He served as Head of the Department of Biology from 1989 until June 1995, as Director of the Environmental Studies Program from July, 1996 to July, 2006, and as Director of the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from its establishment in 2001 until July, 2006. From August, 2006 until January, 2009, he served as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation, in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Udovic
directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) aimed at
facilitating the construction of a nationwide "community of
practice" among the scientists, administrators, student support
specialists and evaluators involved in projects funded by the NSF’s
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Enhancement Program
(known as STEP). The goal of STEP is to increase the number of STEM graduates
throughout the nation. The project involved: (1) planning and organizing
annual meetings of the STEP community (in 2012, 2013 and 2014); and (2)
continuing to develop and expand the STEP online community by (a) increasing the
usability and usefulness of the community's website, (b) offering
opportunities for on-line training sessions and conferencing on topics of
interest to the community, and (c) encouraging the involvement of the STEP
community in these online activities.
In 2015, Dr. Udovic took a position as Senior Scholar at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., taking on a project to expand the STEP community of practice to the larger STEM community. He retired from that position in 2016.
Dr. Udovic has been a leader in science education reform and in the development of educational software in the biological sciences. As director of the Environmental Studies Program, Dr. Udovic has led efforts to introduce a new major in Environmental Science and to strengthen the current Environmental Studies major. From 1991 to 1998 he directed the Workshop Biology Project (co-funded by NSF and by the Department of Education), aimed at improving undergraduate education for non-science majors. The Workshop Biology curriculum focused on open-ended, interactive laboratory activities and de-emphasized lectures and demonstrations. Overall, the goal of the Workshop Biology curriculum was to help students actively address important scientific issues and learn to make informed, critical decisions that are consistent with their values. Although the original Workshop Biology course is no longer taught, many of the ideas and principles have been incorporated throughout the biology curriculum at the University of Oregon and elsewhere. Udovic also directed a five-year science education project funded by HHMI. He has been a pioneer in the use of the World Wide Web in his classes, and in the use of ecological simulation models in introductory and advanced ecology courses.
He has been a presenter and participant in many forums on science education and has hosted several workshops on science education at the University of Oregon. He served for many years on the Advisory Board for the BioQUEST project and has served as an external advisor for several NSF-funded projects in science education. He was involved in the Education Section of the Ecological Society of America, and served from 2001 to 2004 on the Society’s Education and Human Resources Committee.
Dr. Udovic received his B.A. degree in Zoology from the University of Texas, Austin, and his Ph.D. degree in Entomology from Cornell University. He also has an M.S. degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon. In addition to science and environmental education, Udovic’s primary ecological research interests were in population biology, particularly in plant-insect mutualisms.
University of Oregon