Julia Gouvea

Julia Gouvea

Associate Professor, Department of Education
Associate Professor, Department of Biology (Secondary appointment)
Paige Hall, Room 310
12 Upper Campus Road, Medford, MA


Julia Gouvea's research explores the learning and teaching of biology across many grade levels and settings. Her research investigates model-based reasoning as a biological practice that can support deep understanding and thinking in biology students. Her scholarship intersects with the philosophy of biology to explore what makes biology unique and how the biological sciences interface with other disciplines within STEM and across the social sciences and humanities to solve complex problems. Julia holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biology.


  • PhD, University of California, Davis, Science Education
  • MA, University of California, Davis, Population Biology
  • BA, Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology