Contact Information
Phone:  617-353-2030

Educational History

  • Ph.D., Clark University, Biology
  • MA, Clark University, Biology
  • BLS., Boston University Metropolitan College, Biology
  • BS, Boston University, Public Communication
  • AA, Worcester Junior College


I am consistently motivated by the need to have as many students, faculty, citizens everywhere to be more connected to their only home, earth. I work to show that the process of science can actually provide solutions, ideas, and direction, especially in critical themes such as climate change and tropical rainforest conservation. This is best exemplified by the new degree program which I am initiating for Fall, 2011, a Masters in Global Ecology Education.  This timely offering is particularly geared to science teachers, university instructors, informal educators, environmental advocates, and science media writers and broadcasters.

I am also committed to bringing the long-overlooked realm of symbiosis into the lives of students, teachers, teachers-to-be, and researchers. Thus, I spend a lot of energy on my Symbiosis and Global Ecology courses, as well as in my role of Vice-President of the International Symbiosis Society, a group of accomplished life science researchers and educators from over thirty countries. Lastly, I direct the MAT program in science education, including overseeing the development of students toward the goal of being versatile and innovative teachers. This teacher development focus is crucial if we are to make in-roads in making for a healthier, more informed populace in the future. I am consistently guided and inspired by the stories of Nature – all organisms that have lived and live on the planet have a story, that is a history and experience, from which we can all learn and often be appropriately humbled.

Courses Taught

  • SED SC511/571  Bio/Science Materials (Science Methods I)
  • SED SC572  Special Methods in Science Education (Science Methods II)
  • SED SC509/510  Student Teaching Practicum, Science
  • CAS BI503  Symbiosis
  • SED BI117  Global Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Zook, Douglas, 2010. Tropical rainforests as dynamic biospheres of life, Symbiosis 51:27-26
  • Zook, Douglas, 2002. Prioritizing symbiosis to sustain biodiversity: Are symbionts keystone species? In Symbiosis: Mechanisms and Model Systems, edited by Joseph Seckbach, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 3-12
  • Zook, Douglas, 2002. Symbiogenesis as a partner in mutation, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 45(2), pp. 287-291.
  • Zook, Douglas, 1999. Organisms living inside others, the symbiotic wonders. In Enigmatic Microorganisms and Life in Extreme Environments, edited by Joseph Seckbach, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 575-584.
  • Zook, Douglas, 1998. Symbiosis education: The Challenge before us, Symbiosis 25, pp. 349-355.
    • Zook, Douglas, 1995. Confronting the evolution education abyss, Journal of Research in Science Teaching 32(10), pp. 1111-1120.
  • Zook, Douglas, 1994. Integrating symbiosis into mainstream science education: Penetrating the curricular membrane, Symbiosis 17, pp. 117-126.
  • Zook, Douglas, 1995. Inner Space Journeys to Life on Earth: A standards-Based Companion for Science Educators, Kendall/Hunt Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Zook, Douglas, 1992. The Microcosmos Curriculum Guide to Exploring Microbial Space, Kendall/Hunt Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Schenk, H.E.A., Manfred G. Bayer, and Douglas P. Zook, 1987. From Symbiont to Organelle. In Proceedings of Endocytobiology III, pp. 151-167, New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 503, John J. Lee and Jerome F. Fredrick, editors.
  • Zook, Douglas and H.E.A. Schenk, 1986. ” Lipids in Cyanophora paradoxa: III. Lipids in Cell Compartments,” Endocytobiosis and Cell Research vol. 3, 203-212.
  • Zook, Douglas, H.E.A. Schenk, D. Thiel, K. Poralla, and T. Hartner, 1986. Lipids in Cyanophora paradoxa II: Arachidonic acid in the lipid fractions of the endocyanelle. Endocytobiosis and Cell Research vol. 3, pp. 99-104.
  • Zook, Douglas, 1987. Lipids and Fatty Acids of Cyanophora paradoxa, Ph.D. dissertation, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA and the University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Selected Awards/Honors/Special Recognition

  • Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, 2010, Jagiellonian University Institute of Environmental Science, Kraków, Poland
  • Vice President, International Symbiosis Society
  • University representative on the Council for Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), Washington, DC
  • Selected member of the University Sustainability Steering Committee, Boston University
  • National Academy of Sciences’ Science Education Standards, Select Member
  • Ashby Harper Visiting Scholar for the State of New Mexico by Albuquerque Academy
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Tuebingen
  • David C. Potter award for study in marine biology, Clark University

Additional Information

  • Co-founder and Co-Chair of sedGreen, a unique collective of students, faculty and staff based at the School of Education who volunteer time to educate the SED and B overall Boston University community about how to build healthier relationship between human beings and the earth that sustains us.
  • Organizer and lead instructor of approximately 480 workshops on central themes of the importance of microbial life, symbiotic systems, and global ecology. Intensive multi-day or multi-week sessions conducted at Boston University to teachers from throughout the United States and presented in other countries, including Spain, Oxford University in England, New Zealand, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
  • Invited featured speaker at 140 life science or science education meetings, conferences worldwide from 1988-present

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.