Kira Krumhansl specializes in developing educational tools that use real scientific data to engage students in learning science, critical thinking, and data literacy skills. She brings over ten years of prior experience in marine biology research, which she translates into innovative learning experiences for students.
Krumhansl is a curriculum designer for Ocean Tracks-College Edition. This interactive, Web-based resource promotes students’ data literacy by engaging them in analyzing the movements of large marine animals in relation to changes in their physical ocean environment. She is also a co-PI and curriculum lead on the Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data project, and is contributing to Real World, Real Science, a NASA-funded effort to foster middle schoolers’ data literacy and understanding of how their local weather relates to the larger climate.
In these and other initiatives of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, Krumhansl collaborates with scientific institutions such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Stanford University. She also has ongoing collaborative projects in marine biology research with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada and Simon Fraser University.
Krumhansl is the author of numerous publications in marine biology on subjects ranging from kelp forest ecology to white shark physiology. (Read Krumhansl's blog post about her research on kelp forests here.) She has also published articles on her work in science education in The Science Teacher and the Marine Technology Society Journal.
Currently, Krumhansl is an associate editor for the scientific journal Ecology and Evolution, and a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and numerous scientific journals. She is also a scientific advisor for the KELPEX project. Previously she was a member of a scientific working group on kelp forests and climate change at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara.
Krumhansl received a BSc in Biology from St. Lawrence University and a PhD in Biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.