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Dr. Holly J. Travis

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B.S. Animal Science – Cornell University
M.S. Biology – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
D.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction – Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Science Education, Environmental Education, Phasmid (Stick Insect) Reproduction and Development, Native Plants in Green Roof Applications


BIOL 471/571 Dendrology of the Eastern US
BIOL 473/573 Seedless vascular Plants: Ferns and Allied Flora
EDUC 451 Teaching Science in the Secondary School


My research interests cover several areas, including best practices in science teaching, authentic assessment practices, the effects of environmental and science education on attitudes, and several arthropod species. I have been involved in many studies comparing traditional and inquiry teaching in science classrooms at the secondary and college levels. I have ongoing research looking at the effects of long-term and short-term environmental programs on the attitudes and awareness of participants. I currently have students involved in research on phasmid development, the impact of deer on success of native and invasive forest plants, various native plants and substrates suitable for local green roofs, and the effect of field experiences on science and conservation attitudes.

Dr. Travis' Environmental Education classPublications

Travis, H.J., 2013. Children and the Human-Animal Bond: Minimizing Pet Loss during Disasters. In M.R. Jalongo (Ed.) Teaching Compassion:  Humane Education in Early Childhood.Springer, New York, NY.

Travis, H.J., 2012. The Student-centered Lecture: Incorporating Inquiry in Large Group Settings. In R.E. Yager (Ed.),  Exemplary Science Program Monograph. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.

Lord, T. L. and Travis, H. J., 2011. Schoolyard Science:101 Easy and Inexpensive Activities. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.

H.J. Travis, P.N. Angel, and E.J. Fees, 2010.  Engaging Pre-service Teachers and Elementary School Students in the Forestry Reclamation Approach Through Earthworm Inoculation, Proceedings for the 2010 National Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, Pittsburgh, PA Bridging Reclamation, Science and the Community. R.I. Barnhisel (Ed.) Published by ASMR, 3134 Montavesta Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.

Travis, H. J. 2009. Authentic Assessment: Using 5-E Lesson Plan Development to Evaluate Science Content Learning With Pre-service Teachers. In L. W. Crow, D. French, and T. R. Lord, (Eds.) College Science Teacher’s Guide to Assessment. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, p. 81-86.

Lord, T. L., Travis, H. J. 2008. Promoting Inquiry with Pre-service Elementary Teachers through a Science Content Course. In R.E. Yager (Ed.), Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, p. 95-113.

Lord, T. L. and Travis, H. J., 2006. Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania. Pinelands Press, Pemberton, N.J.

Travis, H. J., 2005. The Effect of Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacasoma americanum) Infestation on Fall Webworm (Hyphantria cunea) Selection of Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) as a Host Tree. The American Midland Naturalist, 153(2), 270-275.

Travis, H. J. and Lord, T.L., 2004. A Comparison Between Traditional and Constructivist Teaching Techniques In College Biology Labs. Journal for College Science Teaching, 34(3): 12-18.

Travis, H. J. 2003 Pheromone Trail Following: An Easy Lab Activity for the Classroom. The American Biology Teacher, 65(6): 456-461.

  • Biology Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 114
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-2352
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  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.