Debra Linton
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Biology Education
Biosciences 3400

Dr. Linton is a professor of Biology at Central Michigan University


  • B.S., University of Akron, 1990
  • M.S., University of Akron, 1992
  • Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1999
  • Postdoc., Michigan State University, 2002-2004

Teaching Areas

  • Introductory Biology
  • Science Teaching Methods

Research Fields

  • Biology Education
  • Preservice Teacher Training

Current Research Projects

My research is focused on biology education at all levels. My lab conducts research in undergraduate biology education, including testing the effectiveness of inquiry-based instruction, cooperative group work, undergraduate research experiences, and newly designed instructional modules in promoting student learning in biology. We also work on improving K-16 teacher quality in the life sciences through research on preservice teacher training and by providing professional development workshops at all levels.​

Research is currently being conducted in my lab to describe pollen grain diversity across the Brassicaceae. Trends in pollen evolution will be examined relative to recent advances in phylogenetic reconstruction and tribal classifications within the family. Pollen morphological data from scanning electron and light microscopy will be used to examine pollen evolutionary patterns and correlated floral evolution across the Brassicaceae.


  • Speth, EB, Momsen, JL, Moyerbrailean GA, Ebert-May D, Long T, Wyse S, and Linton DL. 2010. 1, 2, 3, 4: Infusing quantitative literacy into introductory biology. CBE – Life Sciences Education 9: 323-332.
  • Ebert-May D, Linton DL, Hodder J, and Long T. 2005. Active homework – preparation for active classes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment [Pathways to Scientific Teaching series] 3(5): 283-284.