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Opitz, Sebastian

Sebastian Opitz

Biology Education


phone +49-(0)431-880-5117
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room Neufeldtstr., R123


2016 Doctorate in Biology Education, Kiel University
2011 First State Examination in Biology and English, Kiel University
2006 - 2011 Studies in Biology and English (for Upper Secondary level teaching), Kiel University (Germany) and University of Aberdeen, UK
2005 - 2006 Studies in Law at the University of Jena and Kiel University, Germany

Professional Activity

2017 - present Research Scientist, IPN - Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
2016 - 2017 Research Associate, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University
2011 - 2016 Research Scientist and Doctoral Candidate, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

Research Interests

Development of the energy concept in biological contexts

Current Projects

IBOint: Research on the International Biology Olympiad

Selected Publications

Opitz, S., Harms, U., Neumann, K, Bernholt, S. (2017b). Students’ Energy Understanding Across Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Contexts. Research in Science Education. doi:10.1007/s11165-017-9632-4
Opitz, S., Harms, U., Neumann, K., Bernholt, S. (2017a). How Do Students Understand Energy in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics? Development and Validation of an Assessment Instrument. EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 13(7), 3019–3042. doi:10.12973/eurasia.2017.00703a
Opitz, S., Blankenstein, A., Harms, U. (2016, online first). Student Conceptions about Energy in Biological Contexts. Journal of Biological Education. doi:10.1080/00219266.2016.1257504
Opitz, S., Harms, U., Neumann, K., Kowalzik, K., Frank, A. (2015). Students‘ Energy Concepts at the Transition between Primary and Secondary School. Research in Science Education (RISE), 45(5), 691-715. doi 10.1007/s11165-014-9444-8
Appelhans, Y., Thomsen, J., Opitz, S., Pansch, C., Melzner, F., & Wahl, M. (2014). Juvenile sea stars exposed to acidification decrease feeding and growth with no acclimation potential. Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS), 509, 227–239. doi: 10.3354/meps10884

Publications in the research information system

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