Research

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Master of Science in Palaeontology

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Anthropology

Theses

  • Ph.D. Evolutionary tree design: An exploratory study of the influence of linear versus branching format on visitors’ interpretation and understanding across age groups. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, 2014
  • M.Sc. Late Paleocene (Tiffanian) mammal-bearing localities in superposition, from near Drumheller, Alberta. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1996
  • B.A. (Hons) Vocalization patterns of lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus). University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada, 1993

Publications & Conference Presentations

  • Novick, L.R., Pickering, J., MacDonald, T., Diamond, J. et al. (2011, manuscript under review). Depicting the Tree of Life: Guiding Principles from Psychological Research. Curator.
  • MacDonald, T. (2012). Falling Anvils, Nano-bits and Photons: Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy Outreach. Poster at the Annual Kansas NSF EPSCoR Statewide Conference, Wichita, KS, June 10 - 12.
  • MacDonald, T. (2012). Communicating Phylogeny: Understanding Evolutionary Trees Graphics. Presentation for Evolution and Human Affairs KU course, University of Kansas Natural History Museum, Lawrence, KS, April 19.
  • MacDonald, T. and E. O. Wiley. (2012). Communicating phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Evolution Education and Outreach, 5:14-28. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-012-0387-0.
  • MacDonald, T. (2012). Falling Anvils, Nano-bits and Photons: Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy K-12 Outreach. Presentation at Annual Kansas NSF EPSCoR Statewide Conference, Wichita, KS, January 12 -13.
  • MacDonald, T., and Bean, A. (2011). Adventures in the Subatomic Universe: An exploratory study of a scientist-museum physics education project. Public Understanding of Science, 20(6): 846-862. DOI: 10.1177/0963662510361417.
  • Bean, A, and MacDonald, T. (2011). The Multimedia Project Quarked! Proceedings of the DPF-2011 (Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society) Conference, Providence, RI, August 8-13, 2011.
  • MacDonald, T. (2011). Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy: K-12 Outreach. Poster presented at NSF EPSCoR Program Review Meeting, Manhattan, KS, June 12 -14.
  • Kirchner, D., and MacDonald, T. (2010). Matter, Mammals and Molecules: Adventures in Science Education. Keynote Speaker for Women in Science Day, Association for Women in Science, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, October.
  • MacDonald, T. (2010). Communicating Phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Paper presented at NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, March.
  • Donovan, S., Matuk, C.F., MacDonald, T., Diamond, J., et al. (2009). Understanding the tree of life. Poster presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference (http://www.nabt2009.org). Denver, CO, November.
  • MacDonald, T., and Bean, A. (2009). Get Quarked! NSTA Science Scope, 33(4), 43-47.
  • MacDonald, T., and Bean, A. (2009). Quarked! Adventures in physics education. The Physics Teacher, 47:38-41. DOI: 10.1119/1.3049879.
  • MacDonald, T., and Kirchner, D. (2008). Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe. Presentation at SMARTT (Science and Mathematics: Assessment, Research and Technology Together) conference, November.
  • MacDonald, T. (2008). Fruit-Flavored Folding, RCSB (Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics) Protein Data Bank Newsletter, Winter, 36: 5-6.
  • MacDonald, T. (2007). Review of Dinosaurs Under the Big Sky Palaios, DOI: 10-2110/palo.2007.BR05.
  • MacDonald, T. (2007). Review of Ice Age Mammals of North America], Palaios, DOI: 10-110/palo.2007/BR06.
  • MacDonald, T. (2005). Dead as a Dodo? Part of a series of online articles on the rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, August. (http://www.nhm.ku.edu/woodpecker/dodo.shtml).
  • MacDonald, T., and Wolvington, J. (2004). New Education Programs at the KU Natural History Museum. Presentation at the KACEE (Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education) annual conference, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS, April.
  • MacDonald, T. (2001) Late Paleocene mammals from the Hand Hills. Poster presented at the Alberta Paleontological Society Fifth Annual Symposium, Calgary, Canada, January.
  • MacDonald, T. (1995) Late Paleocene mammals from the Hands Hills. Poster presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, November.

Professional Development for Educators and Youth Workshops

  • MacDonald, T., and Kirchner, D. (2007/2006). Exploring Evolution. Teacher professional development workshops, KATS (Kansas Association of Teachers of Science) conference, April; KU Natural History Museum, Lawrence, KS, December.
  • MacDonald, T., and Kirchner, D. (2007/2006). Quarked! particle physics education programs. Teacher professional development workshop for QuarkNet program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, February & June.
  • MacDonald, T., and Kirchner, D. (2006). Exploring Evolution. Youth workshop, KU Natural History Museum, Lawrence, KS, June.