Content by Mark Bloom, PhD
Mark Bloom, Ph.D. is a Professor of biology and science education at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) in Dallas, Texas. He has a B.S. in biology from DBU, a M.S. in biology from Baylor University, a Ph.D. in science education from Texas Christian University (TCU), and is currently in the dissertation writing phase of a Ph.D. in leadership studies from DBU. His dissertation, entitled “When science and faith collide: Pathways of reconciliation forged by Christian leaders in the scientific community,” investigates how Christian leaders in various fields of science have navigated the perceived conflicts between their faith and science. Mark’s research interest focuses on socio-scientific issues including origins (physical and biological), biomedicine (stem cell therapy, CRISPR), and environmental stewardship (climate change). His interest in the intersection of science and faith really took off in his early twenties after hearing, in a Sunday morning sermon, that he could not “be a Christian, and have any integrity, if [he] accept[ed] evolution!” – he continues to think otherwise. In his current position at DBU, Mark strives to show students that science and faith do not have to conflict with each other. Mark is also Co-Editor of the Electronic Journal for Research in Science and Mathematics Education (EJRSME), Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE), and Co-Executive Director of the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education (ICRSME). One of his favorite pastimes, when not pursuing his academic work, is watching creature features (especially those including dinosaurs). Mark lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Macy.