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Rosanne Quinnell

Associate Professor, University of Sydney

I remember the first science project I did at school, which was about different types of flowers and fruit, and I have remained deeply curious about the botanical world since that time. Little wonder that much of my working life has been spent teaching undergraduate botany. Beyond the classroom, developing the botanical literacy of the HE community using mobile apps is my way of addressing #plantblindness - the phenomenon where human fail to see plants.

My primary research thread is science education. Here my work aims to:
1. understand the reluctance of biology students to engage in 'maths' using a series of theoretical frameworks, including 'thresholds concepts' and 'mindfulness of learning'
2. assess the use, usefulness and usage of new and emerging technologies in teaching and learning biology; this coupled with with adopting students-as-partners approaches
3. evaluate peer-editing as a strategy to improve biology students writing skills


  • –present
    Associate Professor, The University of Sydney


  • 2018 
    UK HEA, Senior Fellowship
  • 2001 
    The University of Sydney, Grad Cert Ed Studies (Higher Ed)
  • 1994 
    ANU, PhD
  • 1988 
    ANU, BSc (Hons)


Senior Fellow UK HEA