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Dr. Holly J. Travis

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BS Animal Science – Cornell University
MS Biology – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
DEd Curriculum and Instruction – Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Science Attitude and Engagement, Soil Microarthropods, Native Plants in Green Roof Applications


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


My research interests cover several areas, including the impact of formal and informal science experiences on attitudes and student engagement, soil microarthropod assemblages in various settings, and native plant species suited to long-term survival on green roofs in Pennsylvania. Current student projects include research on several native plant species on the roof of Weyandt Hall, a comparison of soil microarthropods associated with different tree species and ages at the Flight 93 Memorial, and assessment of the impact of various projects and experiences on student attitudes toward science and conservation.

Dr. Travis' Environmental Education classPublications

Travis, H.J., (in print). Mini-cover Boards for Science Inquiry. The Science Teacher, NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.

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., 2013. The Student-centered Lecture: Incorporating Inquiry in Large Group Settings. In R.E. Yager (Ed.), Exemplary College Science Teaching. 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. 2008. 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. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.

Lord, T. L., Travis, H. J. 2008. Promoting Inquiry with Pre-service Elementary Teachers through a Science Content Course. In R.E. Yager (Ed.), 6th Exemplary Science Program Monograph. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.

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.  

  • Biology Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 114
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-2352
  • Fax: 724-357-5524
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.