Professor, Biology

Matthews, Dorothy
Science Hall 205, Troy

Research Interests

  • Assessment of scientific inquiry
  • Teaching evolution for conceptual change
  • Use of computers in biology instruction
  • Antibiotic resistance


Matthews, D.M. & Jenks, S.M. (2013). Ingestion of Mycobacterium vaccae decreases anxiety-related behavior and improves learning in mice. Behavioural Processes, 96, 27-35

Serafini, A. & Matthews, D. M. (2009). Microbial resistance to triclosan: A case study in natural selection. American Biology Teacher, (71), 9, 536-540.

Day, H.L. & Matthews, D.M. (2008). Do large-scale exams adequately access inquiry? An evaluation of the alignment of the inquiry behaviors in New York State’s Living Environment Regents Examination to the NYS inquiry standard. American Biology Teacher.

Day, H.L. & Matthews, D.M. (2006). An evaluation of the alignment of New York State’s living environment mandated lab activities to the MST standards. The Science Teachers Bulletin (69), 2, 33-40.

Matthews, D.M. (2006) Ethnology of a Nature Center’s Exhibit Room. Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference, Burlington, VT.

Matthews, D. (2001). Effect of a curriculum containing creation stories on student attitudes about evolution.American Biology Teacher (63), 6, 404-409.


Jenks, S. M. & Matthews, D. M. (2010, July). Ingestion of Mycobacterium vaccae influences learning and anxiety in mice. Paper presented at the meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Williamsburg, VA.

Matthews, D. M. & Jenks, S.M. (2010, May).  Investigation of the effect of Mycobacterium vaccae on learning in mice: Can bacteria make you smarter? Poster presented at the ASM Conference, SanDiego, CA. Available at

Matthews, D. M. & Matthews, M. J. (2009, July). Landscaping for wildlife with native plants.  Talk presented at Heldeberg Workshop, Voorheesville, NY.

Matthews, D. M. (2009, May). Open Inquiry Project: A Model for Teaching the Process of Science. Poster presented at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators,    Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.

Matthews, D. M. (2006, April).  Ethnography of a Nature Center’s Exhibit Room.  Poster presented at the Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference, Burlington, Vermont.

Barcomb, W., Breisch, A., Matthews, D.M., Matthews, M. & Morrison, W. (2006). Poster session. Heldeberg workshop: a model for grassroots based environmental education. Hudson River environmental Society conference, Hudson, NY.

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, The Heldeberg Workshop, Adult Program Coordinator
  • American Education Research Association
  • Field trip Organizer, Northeast Natural History Conference
  • National Biology Teachers Association
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Science Teachers Association of New York State
  • Recipient of several faculty development grants