William C.
Beckerson, Ph.D.

William C. Beckerson is an NSF Postdoctoral Research  Fellow trained in molecular biology and genetics. His research interests include Zombie Ants and Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER for short) in Biology. Check out the ABOUT section more information!

Department of Biology, Utrecht University, NL
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Dr. Beckerson has two major fields of research, molecular genetics work with zombie-making entomopathogens, primarily Ophiocordyceps and Zombie Ants, and discipline-based education research (DBER) working with students to identify best practices for implementing active learning in the biology classroom.


Read more about his work in the RESEARCH section!

Fungal Genetics Research

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DBER Research

2020 An Introvert' Perspective - Analyzing the Impact of Active Learning on Multiple Level


Here are two of Dr. Beckerson's most recent publications, one from his fungal genetics research and one from his discipline-based education research in biology! If you would like to read more of his work, check out the PUBLICATIONS section!


Dr. Beckerson is an active member of the community and has several media outlets dedicated to helping educate others about various topics in biology, including TikTok, Skype-a-Scientist, and even a Zombie Ant VR video game!


You can also check out his interview with UCF about his recently awarded NSF Fellowship, or watch his latest science presentation with Taste of Science on the MEDIA page!

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Dr. Beckerson is the creator of The Zombie Fungus Foray, a community science project. As part of this work, he frequently volunteers to speak with K-12 classrooms about biology. Click on the OUTREACH button  to learn more!

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