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Krista Larsen

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Science Education Resource Center
K-12 Education and Evaluation Associate

I began working for SERC in the fall of 2010. While my work consists of maintaining the K-12 educators portal and various web development projects, the bulk of my work involves project evaluation. The evaluation projects I work on tend to involve interview studies and I am involved in all areas of this work- writing interview protocols, conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data and generating reports of findings. I have conducted interview studies for a wide variety of projects. Some of the interview projects I have been involved in have focused on interviewing the following groups of individuals to address a wide range of goals:

Before working for SERC, I was a middle and high school science teacher for 4 years. I taught Physics, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Biology at levels ranging from general courses to AP/IB courses. Prior to teaching, I worked as an educational researcher for Colorado State University, a conservation educator in forestry for Colorado State University Extension, and as a water quality educator for Utah State University Extension. I enjoy learning new skills and am always thinking of ways to incorporate my background in education to my work.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 young boys.


B.A. Biology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 2001.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2007. Thesis title: Using reflective journaling in physics class to increase student comprehension of physics content and nature of science concepts.

Publications and Presentations


Ryker, Katherine, Iverson, Ellen, Bruckner, Monica Z., McConnell, David, Manduca, Cathryn, and Larsen, Krista. Connecting Beliefs to Action: How Geoscience Faculty Perceptions of Their Professional Environment Impact Teaching. GSA Abstract #249563 - 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014)

Monica Z Bruckner, O'Connell, K., McDaris, J., Kirk, K., Larsen, K., Kent, M., Manduca, C., Egger, A., Blockstein, D., Mogk, D., Taber, J. Infusing Sustainability Across Disciplines to Build Student Engagement. 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec.


Larsen, K, Kirk, K B, Manduca, C A, Ledley, T S, Schmitt, L. The SERC K12 Educators Portal to Teaching Activities and Pedagogic Approaches. Abstract ED53A-0628 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec. Abstract

Ellins, Katherine K., Serpa, Laura F., Riggs, Eric M., Pennington, Deana, Fox, Sean P., Larsen, Krista, Ledley, Tamara, Mosher, Sharon, Miller, Kate C., and Stocks, Eric. DIG Texas Earth and Space Science Instructional Blueprints. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 2013 Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 65


Iverson, E.,McMartin, F., Morgan, G., Morrill, J., Larsen, K. Evaluating Faculty and Student Use of Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning. Evaluation 2012: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.

Bruckner, M. Z.; Larsen, K.; Buhr, S. M.; Kirk, K. B.; Ledley, T. S.; Manduca, C. A.; Mogk, D. W.; Savina, M. E.; Tewksbury, B. J. On-line Resources for Teaching Sustainability. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, Abstract #ED53F-0947

O'Connell, Kristin, Monica Z. Bruckner, Susan M. Buhr, David C. Gosselin, Karin B. Kirk, Krista Larsen, Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Cathryn A. Manduca, David W. Mogk, and Katryn Wiese (2012) Sustainability and Climate Change Teaching Resources. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 371 Abstract

McDaris, John R., Larsen, Krista, Baer, Eric M.D., Bledgett, Robert H., Hodder, Jan, MacDonald, R. Heather, Van Der Hoeven, J. Katrien, Maier, Mark, Online Resources for Geoscience Instructors at Two-Year Colleges. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 2012 Vol. 44, No. 7, p.431 (Abstract)


Larsen, Krista, Peter H. Bohacek, Karin B. Kirk, Cathryn A. Manduca, Tamara Shapiro Ledley, and Lee Schmitt (2011). K-12 Science: A New SERC Portal to Classroom Activities and Pedagogic Guidance. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 536. (Abstract)

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