Dr Rosanne Quinnell

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3707
Fax +61 2 9351 4771

Website Room 121, A12 - Macleay Building

Research interests

I have two research areas, one in marine photosynthetic organisms and the other in science education. My marine research has focused on characterising the symbiosome membrane of cnidarian-algal endosymbioses.
I am interested in how students learn science, including how to best use ICT in science curricula. Part of my research has been identifying where science students get stuck as we introduce them to our science discipline practices. The low level of confidence that science students appear to have when applying their numeracy skills to their science studies is alarming and I am uses the Thresholds Concepts Framework, Mindfulness in Learning and Thinking Dispositions to better understand how students develop their quantitative skills. am a senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney. I have two research areas, one in marine photosynthetic organisms and the other in science education. My marine research has focused on characterising the symbiosome membrane of cnidarian-algal endosymbioses.
I am interested in how students learn science, including how to best use ICT in science curricula. Part of my research has been identifying where science students get stuck as we introduce them to our science discipline practices. The low level of confidence that science students appear to have when applying their numeracy skills to their science studies is alarming and I am uses the Thresholds Concepts Framework, Mindfulness in Learning and Thinking Dispositions to better understand how students develop their quantitative skills.

Current projects

One of my current projects is developing an app, a Campus Flora with Matthew Pye, our eResources Unit and my Botany students.

Selected grants

2013

  • A high-throughput, bright-field and fluorescence digital slide scanning platform and service that is both research and teaching-focused and available University-wide.; King N, Graeber M, Naylor M, Slapeta J, Quinnell R, Charles (nee Slaviero) K, Owens T, Bourne R, Braet F, Hambly B, Overall R, Stone J, Twigg S, Hardikar A, Halliday G, Richardson D, Byrne M, Keay K, Marsh D, Howell V, Pollock C, Chen X; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.

2004

  • Symbiosomes and symbiosome membranes of corals and other cnidaria; Larkum A, Quinnell R, Cox G, Salih A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2003

  • Symbiosomes and symbiosome membranes of corals and other cnidaria; Larkum A, Cox G, Quinnell R, Salih A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • How do students in a science degree gain skills in understanding and interpretation of mathematical; Schneider I, Quinnell R, Sharma M, New P, O'Byrne J; Science Faculty Education Research group (SCIFER), University of Sydney/Inter-departmental Education Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R. (2010). Conceptual Intersections: Re-viewing academic numeracy in the tertiary education sector as a threshold concept. In Jan HF Meyer, Ray Land, Caroline Baillie (Eds.), Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, (pp. 147-163). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Journals

  • Starzak, D., Quinnell, R., Nitschke, M., Davy, S. (2014). The influence of symbiont type on photosynthetic carbon flux in a model cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. Marine Biology, 161(3), 711-724. [More Information]
  • Schliep, M., Cavigliasso, G., Quinnell, R., Stranger, R., Larkum, A. (2013). Formyl group modification of chlorophyll a: a major evolutionary mechanism in oxygenic photosynthesis. Plant, Cell and Environment, 36(3), 521-527. [More Information]
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R., LeBard, R. (2013). It's not maths; it's science: exploring thinking dispositions, learning thresholds and mindfulness in science learning. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(6), 808-816. [More Information]
  • Quinnell, R., May, E., Peat, M. (2012). Conceptions of Biology and Approaches to Learning of First Year Biology Students: Introducing a technique for tracking changes in learner profiles over time. International Journal of Science Education, 34(7), 1053-1074. [More Information]
  • Amoroso, S., Clarke, R., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2010). Electrogenic plasma membrane H+-ATPase activity using voltage sensitive dyes. Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, 42(5), 387-393. [More Information]
  • Quinnell, R., Russell, C., Thompson, R., Marshall, N., Cowley, J. (2010). Evidence-based narratives to reconcile teaching practices in academic disciplines with the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(3), 20-30.
  • Brawley, S., Clark, S., Cockburn, T., Cowley, J., Eijkman, H., Marshall, N., Quinnell, R., Russell, C., Thompson, R., Zamberlan, L. (2009). Learning and Teaching Fellows in the Australian Higher Education Sector. HERDSA News, 31(3), 12-14.
  • Kazandjian, A., Shepherd, V., Rodriguez-Lanetty, M., Nordemeier, W., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2008). Isolation of symbiosomes and the symbiosome membrane complex from the zoanthid Zoanthus robustus. Phycologia, 47(3), 294-306.
  • Gloag, R., Ritchie, R., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2007). Chromatic photoacclimation, photosynthetic electron transport and oxygen evolution in the Chlorophyll d-containing oxyphotobacterium Acaryochloris marina. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1767 (2), 127-135. [More Information]
  • Taylor, C., Peat, M., May, E., Quinnell, R. (2007). Does the new biology syllabus encourage students to think differently about their biology knowledge? Teaching Science, 53(3), 23-26.
  • Rodriguez-Lanetty, M., Scaramuzzi, C., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2005). Transport of symbiotic zooxanthellae in mesogleal canals of Zoanthus robustus? Coral Reefs, 24(2), 195-196. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). Chlorophyll d as the major photopigment in Acaryochloris marina. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 6, 763-774.
  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). The major light-harvesting pigment protein of Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 514(2-3), 149-152.
  • Trautman, D., Hinde, R., Cole, L., Grant, A., Quinnell, R. (2002). Visualisation of the symbiosome membrane surrounding cnidarian algal cells. Symbiosis, 32(2), 133-145.

Conferences

  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R., LeBard, R. (2012). Academic numeracy in Life Science learning: challenging perceptions. STEM Annual Conference 2012, Heslington, York, UK: Higher Education Academy, U K Centre for Bioscience.
  • Thompson, R., Quinnell, R. (2011). Looking at the whole picture: a simple solution to improve students’ understanding of research. LEARNING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH, Sydney: Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., May, E., Peat, M., Taylor, C. (2010). Approaches to learning and conceptions of biology: a perspective from tertiary educators. CONASTA 59, Sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., Hibbert, D., Frey, J., Duffy, N., Mocerino, M., Todd, M., Niamsup, P., Plummer, A., Milsted, A. (2010). Extending the science curriculum: teaching instrumental science at a distance in a global laboratory using a collaborative Electronic Laboratory Notebook. Learning Technology Research Fest 2010, Not published: Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition, University of Sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., Hibbert, D. (2010). Introducing an Electronic Laboratory Notebook to PhD Students Undertaking Chemistry Research at A Research Intensive University. International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI 2010, Online: IIIS.
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R., Micolich, A., LeBard, R. (2010). Numeracy as an obstacle to learning for students entering the discipline domains of science and medicine. Third Biennial Threshold Concepts Symposium, UNSW: University of NSW (UNSW).
  • Hibbert, D., Frey, J., Quinnell, R., Mocerino, M., Todd, M., Niamsup, P., Plummer, A., Milsted, A. (2010). Teaching instrumental science globally using a collaborative electronic laboratory notebook. 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference 2010, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R. (2010). The advantages of a discipline "tour guide" approach to teaching statistics in medicine and biology. Third Biennial Threshold Concepts Symposium, UNSW: University of NSW (UNSW).
  • Quinnell, R., Henwood, M., Brownlee, R., Hanfling, S. (2009). eBot: an image bank of Australian flora. 26th Annual Ascilite International Conference (ASCILITE 2009): Same places, different spaces, Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.
  • Schliep, M., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2008). The function of MgDVP in a chlorophyll d-containing organism.
  • Quinnell, R., Wong, E. (2007). Using intervention strategies to engage tertiary biology students in their development of numeric skills. UniServe Science 2007, Sydney, Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • May, E., Taylor, C., Peat, M., Barko, A., Quinnell, R. (2006). An application of student learner profiling: comparison of students in different degree programs. UniServe Science Symposium 2006, The University of Sydney: Uniserve Science.
  • May, E., Taylor, C., Peat, M., Quinnell, R. (2006). Applications of student learner profiling: are our teaching and assessment practices serving student cohorts from different degrees equally well? UniServe Science Symposium 2006, The University of Sydney: Uniserve Science.
  • Quinnell, R., May, E., Peat, M., Taylor, C. (2005). Creating a reliable instrument to assess students' conceptions of studying biology at tertiary level. Blended Learning in Science, Teaching and Learning Symposium 2005, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Stewart, C., Sharma, M., Peat, M., Taylor, C., Quinnell, R., Prosser, M., Logan, P. (2001). The HSC syllabus changeover and first-year student experiences in physics and biology. Proceedings of Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning, Sydney: Uniserve Science.

Other

  • Stewart, C., Sharma, M., May, E., Peat, M., Quinnell, R., Taylor, C., Prosser, M., Logan, P. (2001), How can we measure changes in students' approaches to learning and conceptions of a subject?.

2014

  • Starzak, D., Quinnell, R., Nitschke, M., Davy, S. (2014). The influence of symbiont type on photosynthetic carbon flux in a model cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. Marine Biology, 161(3), 711-724. [More Information]

2013

  • Schliep, M., Cavigliasso, G., Quinnell, R., Stranger, R., Larkum, A. (2013). Formyl group modification of chlorophyll a: a major evolutionary mechanism in oxygenic photosynthesis. Plant, Cell and Environment, 36(3), 521-527. [More Information]
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R., LeBard, R. (2013). It's not maths; it's science: exploring thinking dispositions, learning thresholds and mindfulness in science learning. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(6), 808-816. [More Information]

2012

  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R., LeBard, R. (2012). Academic numeracy in Life Science learning: challenging perceptions. STEM Annual Conference 2012, Heslington, York, UK: Higher Education Academy, U K Centre for Bioscience.
  • Quinnell, R., May, E., Peat, M. (2012). Conceptions of Biology and Approaches to Learning of First Year Biology Students: Introducing a technique for tracking changes in learner profiles over time. International Journal of Science Education, 34(7), 1053-1074. [More Information]

2011

  • Thompson, R., Quinnell, R. (2011). Looking at the whole picture: a simple solution to improve students’ understanding of research. LEARNING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH, Sydney: Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of sydney.

2010

  • Quinnell, R., May, E., Peat, M., Taylor, C. (2010). Approaches to learning and conceptions of biology: a perspective from tertiary educators. CONASTA 59, Sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R. (2010). Conceptual Intersections: Re-viewing academic numeracy in the tertiary education sector as a threshold concept. In Jan HF Meyer, Ray Land, Caroline Baillie (Eds.), Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, (pp. 147-163). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Amoroso, S., Clarke, R., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2010). Electrogenic plasma membrane H+-ATPase activity using voltage sensitive dyes. Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, 42(5), 387-393. [More Information]
  • Quinnell, R., Russell, C., Thompson, R., Marshall, N., Cowley, J. (2010). Evidence-based narratives to reconcile teaching practices in academic disciplines with the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(3), 20-30.
  • Quinnell, R., Hibbert, D., Frey, J., Duffy, N., Mocerino, M., Todd, M., Niamsup, P., Plummer, A., Milsted, A. (2010). Extending the science curriculum: teaching instrumental science at a distance in a global laboratory using a collaborative Electronic Laboratory Notebook. Learning Technology Research Fest 2010, Not published: Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition, University of Sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., Hibbert, D. (2010). Introducing an Electronic Laboratory Notebook to PhD Students Undertaking Chemistry Research at A Research Intensive University. International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI 2010, Online: IIIS.
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R., Micolich, A., LeBard, R. (2010). Numeracy as an obstacle to learning for students entering the discipline domains of science and medicine. Third Biennial Threshold Concepts Symposium, UNSW: University of NSW (UNSW).
  • Hibbert, D., Frey, J., Quinnell, R., Mocerino, M., Todd, M., Niamsup, P., Plummer, A., Milsted, A. (2010). Teaching instrumental science globally using a collaborative electronic laboratory notebook. 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference 2010, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Quinnell, R., Thompson, R. (2010). The advantages of a discipline "tour guide" approach to teaching statistics in medicine and biology. Third Biennial Threshold Concepts Symposium, UNSW: University of NSW (UNSW).

2009

  • Quinnell, R., Henwood, M., Brownlee, R., Hanfling, S. (2009). eBot: an image bank of Australian flora. 26th Annual Ascilite International Conference (ASCILITE 2009): Same places, different spaces, Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.
  • Brawley, S., Clark, S., Cockburn, T., Cowley, J., Eijkman, H., Marshall, N., Quinnell, R., Russell, C., Thompson, R., Zamberlan, L. (2009). Learning and Teaching Fellows in the Australian Higher Education Sector. HERDSA News, 31(3), 12-14.

2008

  • Kazandjian, A., Shepherd, V., Rodriguez-Lanetty, M., Nordemeier, W., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2008). Isolation of symbiosomes and the symbiosome membrane complex from the zoanthid Zoanthus robustus. Phycologia, 47(3), 294-306.
  • Schliep, M., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2008). The function of MgDVP in a chlorophyll d-containing organism.

2007

  • Gloag, R., Ritchie, R., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2007). Chromatic photoacclimation, photosynthetic electron transport and oxygen evolution in the Chlorophyll d-containing oxyphotobacterium Acaryochloris marina. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1767 (2), 127-135. [More Information]
  • Taylor, C., Peat, M., May, E., Quinnell, R. (2007). Does the new biology syllabus encourage students to think differently about their biology knowledge? Teaching Science, 53(3), 23-26.
  • Quinnell, R., Wong, E. (2007). Using intervention strategies to engage tertiary biology students in their development of numeric skills. UniServe Science 2007, Sydney, Australia: Uniserve Science.

2006

  • May, E., Taylor, C., Peat, M., Barko, A., Quinnell, R. (2006). An application of student learner profiling: comparison of students in different degree programs. UniServe Science Symposium 2006, The University of Sydney: Uniserve Science.
  • May, E., Taylor, C., Peat, M., Quinnell, R. (2006). Applications of student learner profiling: are our teaching and assessment practices serving student cohorts from different degrees equally well? UniServe Science Symposium 2006, The University of Sydney: Uniserve Science.

2005

  • Quinnell, R., May, E., Peat, M., Taylor, C. (2005). Creating a reliable instrument to assess students' conceptions of studying biology at tertiary level. Blended Learning in Science, Teaching and Learning Symposium 2005, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Rodriguez-Lanetty, M., Scaramuzzi, C., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2005). Transport of symbiotic zooxanthellae in mesogleal canals of Zoanthus robustus? Coral Reefs, 24(2), 195-196. [More Information]

2002

  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). Chlorophyll d as the major photopigment in Acaryochloris marina. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 6, 763-774.
  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). The major light-harvesting pigment protein of Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 514(2-3), 149-152.
  • Trautman, D., Hinde, R., Cole, L., Grant, A., Quinnell, R. (2002). Visualisation of the symbiosome membrane surrounding cnidarian algal cells. Symbiosis, 32(2), 133-145.

2001

  • Stewart, C., Sharma, M., May, E., Peat, M., Quinnell, R., Taylor, C., Prosser, M., Logan, P. (2001), How can we measure changes in students' approaches to learning and conceptions of a subject?.
  • Stewart, C., Sharma, M., Peat, M., Taylor, C., Quinnell, R., Prosser, M., Logan, P. (2001). The HSC syllabus changeover and first-year student experiences in physics and biology. Proceedings of Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning, Sydney: Uniserve Science.

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