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Martin Storksdieck



  • Researcher, Evaluator 


Martin Storksdieck, PhD, is the director of Oregon State University's Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning and a professor in the College of Education and the School of Public Policy. The Center works to improve understanding of how all people learn STEM throughout the lifespan, in formal and informal settings. Prior to joining OSU, Martin directed the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. There he oversaw studies that addressed a wide range of issues related to science education and science learning in formal and informal environments, and provided evidence-based advice to decision-makers in policy, academia and educational practice. His own research focuses on what and how we learn when we do so voluntarily. This includes connections between school-based and out-of-school learning. Martin's research also focused on the role of science-based professionals and science hobbyists in communicating their passions to a broader public. He has previously worked for education research and environmental policy non-profits in Germany and the United States, and served as environmental science educator and producer at a planetarium. He holds Master's degrees in biology and policy, and a Ph.D. in education. 


Martin's areas of interest and expertise include factors that influence what and how we learn when we do so voluntarily in our spare time and how this "learning" impacts our behaviors, identities and beliefs; the role of volunteerism, serious leisure, and citizen science in a lifelong learning society; the role of personal and perceptual filters in science learning, particularly of controversial topics such as climate change or evolution; how schools and out-of-school learning can be mutually enhancing in creating and sustaining lifelong interest in (science) learning; and ways to involve researchers in the natural and physical sciences, and engineers in public outreach and education. 


Storksdieck, M, Shirk, J L, Cappadonna, J L, Domroese, M, Gbel, C, Haklay, M, Miller-Rushing, A J, Roetman, P, Sbrocchi, C and Vohland, K (2016). Associations for Citizen Science: Regional Knowledge, Global Collaboration. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 1(2): 1, pp.1-10.

Storksdieck, Martin (2015). Critical information literacy as core skill for lifelong STEM learning in the 21st Century: Reflections on the desirability and feasibility for widespread science media education. Cultural Studies of Science Education 11(1): 167-182. 10.1007/s11422-015-9714-4.

Bresley, J.D., Dudo, A. & Storksdieck, M. (2015). Scientists' Views about Communication Training. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 52(2): 199-220.

Storksdieck, M. (2014). Everyone a scientist? Opening scientific research to a broader public. ASTC Dimensions 5/6: 27-29.

Selvakumar, M. & Storksdieck, M. (2013). Portal to the Public: Museum educators collaborating with scientists to engage museum visitors with current science. Curator: The Museum Journal 56(1): 69-78.