Austin Leone, Ph.D. student

Major advisor: French

Science communication, program evaluation, authentic assessment, tree-thinking, and evolution education

B.S. 2014, University of Oklahoma

M.S. 2017, Texas State University

Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship winner


Specific Interests

My interests cover a variety of topics within science education. My current research interests include measuring undergraduate students’ science communication self-efficacy and science identity in Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) and using active learning & science communication tools in introductory biology courses to improve science communication. Other interests include phylogenetic tree & evolution education and how localized religiosity interacts with evolution acceptance abroad, specifically in Southeast Asia.



  • Leone, E. A., Salisbury, S. L., Nolen, Z. L., Idema, J. L., Parsley, K. M., Stefanik, K. L., & Daniel, K. L. (2019). Identifying the breakdowns in how students and faculty interpret course objectives. Bioscene 45: 16-23.

  • Daniel, K. L., Bucklin, C. J., Leone, E. A., & Idema, J. L. (2018). Towards a definition of representational competence. In K. L. Daniel (Ed.) Towards a framework for representational competence in science education (pp. 2-12). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

  • Diesmos, A. C., Watters, J. L., Huron, N. A., Davis, D. R., Alcala, A. C., Crobie, R. I., Afuang, L. E., Gee-Das, G., Sison, R. V., Sanguila, M. B., Penrod, M. L., Labonte, M. J., Davey, C. S., Leone, E. A., Deismos, M. L., Sy, E. Y., Welton, L. J., Brown, R. M. & Siler, C. D. (2015). Amphibians of the Philippines, Part I: Checklist of the species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 62(20), 457-539.