‌Jane Indorf


Cox Science Center
1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
E-mail: j.indorf@miami.edu
Phone: (305) 284-9557


2015 – present, Educator Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Miami

2011 – 2015, Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Education, Department of Biology and Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Miami

2010, Ph.D. in Biology, University of Miami

2007 – 2009, National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education, Science Made Sensible program, University of Miami

2003, B.A. in Biology, Boston University


National Science Foundation (M. S. Gaines, P.I. and J. L. Indorf, Co-P.I.); Division of Undergraduate Education: Reclaiming the American Dream (RAD): A Scholarship Program for Community College Transfer Students in Biology; 2013 – 2017

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (M. S. Gaines, P.I. and J. L. Indorf, Co-P.I.); University of Miami Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program; 2012 – 2017

American Society of Mammalogists Grant-In-Aid of Research 2009

University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2006



My research interests are in science education, evolutionary biology, and population genetics. Currently, my research focuses on how students best learn core biological concepts and on the generation of evidence for effective teaching practices. At the University of Miami and Miami Dade College I facilitate and coordinate the implementation of authentic research experiences for undergraduates in their introductory biology and chemistry laboratory courses, which are a part of UM’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education grant. I lead the evaluation of the effectiveness of these labs in improving student learning. We use surveys, lab skills practicums, and student course performance to gauge student learning in these research-based laboratory courses.


Science Education, Evolutionary Biology, Population Genetics



My role as an educator is to guide and support both students and faculty. Through my teaching and research, I focus on improving science education through the implementation of evidence-based methods for effective teaching and learning. I see students as active participants in their learning and encourage this through use of collaborative learning, hands-on activities, case studies, and assignments that help students relate what they are learning to their everyday lives. My teaching focuses on applications of science to the real world; I incorporate current events and primary literature into my classes to help make abstract topics more relevant to students. As an educator, my goal is to improve student learning through implementation of active learning strategies, and integration of research and the scientific process into the curriculum.


Indorf, J. L., M. S. Gaines, J. Chmielewski, C. A. Hrycyna, K. V. Thompson, W. R. LaCourse, and K. L. Sutphin. 2013. The times they are a-changin’: new expectations in undergraduate pre-medical education and medical school admissions. Faculty Resource Network New Faces, New Expectations.

Indorf, J. L. and M. S. Gaines. 2013. Genetic divergence of insular marsh rice rats in subtropical Florida. Journal of Mammalogy 94(4): 897 – 910.

Whitlock, B. A., A. M. Hale, J. L. Indorf, and C. F. Wilkins. 2011. Polyphyly in Rulingia and Commersonia (Lasiopetaleae Malvaceae s. l.). Australian Systematic Botany 24:215 – 225.

Hanson, J. D., J. L. Indorf, V. J. Swier, and R. D. Bradley. 2010. Molecular divergence within the Oryzomys palustris complex: evidence for multiple species. Journal of Mammalogy 91(2):336 – 347.