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Vanessa Svihla

  • Learning Scientist
  • Assistant Professor
  • University of New Mexico
  • 2PublicationsNumber of items in Vanessa's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 14Followers

Research interests

especially complex systemsScience educationIdentity and learningcollaborationDesign learning


Dr. Svihla is an assistant professor in Teacher Education at the University of New Mexico. She received an M.S. in Geology (2003) and a Ph.D. in Science Education (2009) from The University of Texas at Austin. Vanessa has taught high school environmental science in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and at the University of Texas, she taught in the geology department and in the natural sciences teacher education program, UTeach. She helped draft the successful grant extending the UTeach program into engineering. She was a visiting intern at the University of Washington Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center and most recently a post doc at in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where she designed and researched assessment integrated within science learning and co-taught video analysis. She serves as the 2011-2012 chair of the AERA special interest group, Learning Sciences. Dr. Svihla applies integrated methods (qualitative analysis, statistical modeling, temporal analysis, and network analysis) towards understanding complex learning in natural settings.

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Publications (2)

  • Collaboration as a dimension of design innovation

    • Svihla V
  • Contingent Identification in a Biomedical Engineering Classroom.

    • Svihla V

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

The University of New Mexico

August 2011 - Present

Post Doctoral Scholar

University of California, Berkeley

July 2009 - July 2011(2 years)


Ph.D., STEM Education

The University of Texas

September 2004 - May 2009(5 years)

M.S., Geological Sciences

Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

August 2000 - August 2003(3 years)