1991 -- M.A. in Zoology, University of Montana (Missoula, MT), Thesis topic: Red Squirrel Cache Sites and Cache Pattern in Pattee Canyon, Montana
1986 -- B.S., The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA), Research topic: Sarcomere Length in the Fifth Periopod of Callianassa gigas
2012 to present --
Professor, Dept. of Biology,
2005 to 2012 --
Professor, Dept. of Biology,
1998 to 2005 --
Professor, Dept. of Biology,
1996 to 1998 -- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Santa Barbara/National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
1993 to 1996 -- Teaching Assistant, Div. of Biology, Kansas State University
1994 -- Instructor, Kansas State University Continuing Education
1991 to 93 -- Research Assistant I, Montana State University
1989 to 91 (summers) -- Science Team Leader/Anatomy Instructor, University of Montana Upward Bound
1990 to 91 -- Assistant in Toxicology, State of Montana, Div. of Forensic Science
1986 to 89 -- Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Zoology, The University of Montana
1981 to 90 (summers) – Girl Scout camp staff and trainer, Utah Girl Scout Council
Burton, R. S. 2014. Readability, logodiversity, and the effectiveness of college science textbooks. Bioscene, 40: 3-10.
Burton, R. S. 2014. Using Owl Pellet Analysis to Explore Space Use and Productivity EcoEd Digital Library resource, a peer-reviewed online education resource portal of the Ecological Society of America.
Burton, R. S. 2011. Bridges or Barriers: An analysis of logodiversity in college biology textbooks. Bioscene 37:3-7.
Gram, W. K., E. T. Borer, K. L. Cottingham, E. W. Seabloom, V. L. Boucher, L. Goldwasser, F. Micheli, B. E. Kendell, and R. S. Burton. 2004. Distribution of plants in a California serpentine grassland: are rocky hummocks spatial refuges for native species? Plant Ecology 172:159-171.
Seabloom, E. W., E. T. Borer, V. L. Boucher, R. S. Burton, K. L. Cottingham, L. Goldwasser, W. K. Gram, B. E. Kendall, and T. Micheli. 2003. Competition, seed limitation, disturbance, and reestablishment of California native annual forbs. Ecological Applications 13:575-592.
Gerber, L.R, E.W Seabloom, R. Burton and O.J. Reichman. 2003. Translocation of an Imperiled Species: Integrating Spatial and Habitat Patterns. Animal Conservation 6:309-316.
Burton, R. S. and O. J. Reichman. 1999. Does immune challenge affect torpor duration? Functional Ecology,13:232-237.
Burton, R. S. 1998. Attributes of red squirrel caches in a non-serotinous conifer forest. Northwestern Naturalist, 79:108-112.
Paden, C. M., X. Zhou, J. A. Watt, R. Burton, J. Pickett, and M. M. Oblinger 1995. Coordinated upregulation of aI- and bII-tubulin mRNAs during collateral axonal sprouting of central peptidergic neurons. Journal of Neuroscience Research 42:402-412.
Paden, C. M., Xinrong Zhou, John A. Watt, Rebecca Burton, Judith Pickett, and Monica M. Oblinger 1995. Distribution of growth-associated Class I a-tubulin and class II b-tubulin mRNAs in adult rat brain. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 362:368-384.
February, 2014—Carmen High School: Assessment and Rubrics (with M. Czarnik and others)
March, 2013—Carmen High School: Higher-level Inquiry (with M. Czarnik and others)
April, 2012—Greendale High School: Effective Science Education with Inquiry (with C. Young)
March, 2011— Kettle Moraine High School and Middle School: Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills (with M. Czarnik and J. Savagian)
August, 2010 – Carmen High School: Problem Solving (with M. Czarnik)
January, 2010 -- Waterford High School: Using rubrics effectively (with M. Czarnik)
December, 2009 -- Lemoyne-Owen College: Transforming the Educational Environment at LeMoyne-Owen College (with M. Czarnik)
November, 2009 -- Waterford High School: Assessing student learning (with M. Czarnik)
August, 2009 -- Olive-Harvey College: Outcomes and Assessment (with M. Czarnik)
January, 2006-–Fairmont College: Teaching and Assessing Higher Thinking Skills (with A. van Heerden. & J. Moore)
March, 2005-–Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education: Creating Seamless P-16 Education in Wisconsin: Examples of Success in the Midwest
May, 2004 -- Delaware Valley College: Implementing Outcome Assessments (with D. Lieberman)
July, 2003 -- Freodtert Memorial Hospital Beginning Manager Training Series: Problem Solving Parts 1 and 2
August, 2002 -- Audubon Middle School Faculty: Using Inquiry to Teach Science (with L. Truchan)
April, 2002 -- Freodtert Memorial Hospital Intermediate Manager Training Series: Problem Solving
February, 2002 -- U. of Denver: Teaching to elicit higher levels of thinking: Self assessment (with L. Ehley and D. Leister)
August, 2001 -- Gilmour Academy: From institutional outcomes to effective student assessment (with D. Leister)
March, 2000 -- Bellarmine College Guarnaschelli Lecture Series: Seminars in Assessment (with M. Diez)
April, 2000 -- U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Food Management by Eastern Woodrats: Behavior and Physiology
October, 2009 -- Association of College and University Biology Educators: Student working groups: Pitfalls and lifelines.
October, 2008 -- Association of College and University Biology Educators: Effective Learning Outcomes.
October, 2007 -- Association of College and University Biology Educators: Bridges or Barriers: An analysis of logodiversity in animal behavior textbooks.
October, 2005 -- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics: Chocolate: An Integrated Unit in Math and Science
November, 2004 -- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics: Chocolate: An Integrated Unit in Math and Science (with G. M. Burton)
June, 2003 -- American Association of Higher Education: Teaching and Assessing Problem Solving: How students learn to do it (with J. Abromeit & Students)
August, 2002 -- Ecological Society of America: Institutional Transformation of Curriculum: What does it take?
June, 2001 -- American Society of Mammalogists: Spatial Considerations in Translocation Efforts: Identifying Optimal Configuration of Artificial Dens for Endangered Woodrats (Neotoma fuscipes riparia)
August, 2000 -- Ecological Society of America: The mock EIS: A problem-based learning activity
June, 1998 -- American Society of Mammalogists: Immune challenge affects torpor duration in Mesocricetus brandti
October, 1997 -- UCSB EEMB Seminar: Woodrat Energy Management: Fasting and Immunosuppression
August, 1996 -- Animal Behavior Society: Food rationing by the eastern woodrat
March, 1996 -- Kansas Academy of Sciences: Food rationing by the eastern woodrat
February, 1996 -- KSU Student Research Forum: Food rationing by the eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana)
February, 1995 -- KSU Student Research Forum: Assessing immunological function in the eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana)
April, 1991 -- Montana Wildlife Society Nongame Symposium: Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) cache sites and cache pattern in Pattee Canyon, Montana
April, 1989 -- Montana Wildlife Society Nongame Symposium: Identifying Montana chipmunks