I am the Assistant Curator of Museum Education at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. My research focuses on a variety of aspects surrounding learning in museum settings. This includes research on museum educators' professional pathways and self-efficacy related to teaching in informal settings. Additionally, I explore the influences of museum-based programs on the STEM interests and career aspirations of underrepresented youth and adult participants. 

Honors and Awards

2019       Sigma Xi North Carolina State University Chapter Graduate Research Award
2019       NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium- First Place College of Education 
2018       National Science Foundation ITEST Fellow
2017        William & Ida Friday Graduate Student Fellowship
2017        Agnes & Garfield Stiff Scholarship
2017        NCSU Graduate Student Association Travel Award
2017        National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide: Australia
2017        Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning (ARIEL) AERA SIG Best Paper Award
2017        Informal Learning Environments Research (ILER) AERA Special Interest Group Travel Award
2016        National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2016        North Carolina Science Leadership Fellow
2016        Ecology Project International Research and Education Fellow
2014        Educators of Excellence, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


Jones, M. G., Corin, E., Ennes, M., Cayton, E. Childers, G., (2019). Discovery Engineering: Physical Science Case StudiesNSTA Press
Hite, R., Childers, G., Ennes, M., Jones, M. G. (2019). Discovery Engineering: Biology Case Studies. NSTA Press
Book Chapters
Ennes. M., Jones. M. G. (2020, in press). Connecting underrepresented families to their local environment. In How Communities Thrive. Ed. James Gruber.
Jones, M. G., Ennes, M. (2018) High-stakes Testing. In Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Ed. Anne Hynds. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756810-0200
Scholarly Publications
Jones, M. G., Ennes, M., Weedfall, A., Chesnutt, K., Cayton, E. (2020). The development and validation of a measure of science capital, habitus and future science interests. Research in Science Teaching. doi: 10.1007/s11165-020-09916-y
Jones, M. G., Lee, T., Chesnutt, K., Carrier, S., Ennes, M., Cayton, E., Madden, L., Huff, P. (2019) Enclothed cognition: Putting lab coats to the test. International Journal of Science Education.
Carrier, S.J., Jones, M.G., Ennes, M., Lee, T., Madden, L., Cayton, E. (2019, In Press). Stereotypes of scientists and strategies for teachers. Science Educator
Hite, R., Jones, M. G., Childers, G., Ennes, M., Chesnutt, K., Pereyra, M., Cayton, E. (2019). Investigating Potential Relationships Between Adolescents’ Cognitive Development and Perceptions of Presence in 3-D, Haptic-Enabled, Virtual Reality Science Instruction. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
Chesnutt, K., Jones, M. G., Corin, E., Hite, R., Pereyra Perez, M., Cayton, E., Ennes, M. (2018). Crosscutting Concepts and Achievement: Is a Sense of Size and Scale Related to Achievement in Science and Mathematics?. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi: 10.1002/tea.21511
Chesnutt, K., Jones, M. G., Hite, R., Cayton, E., Ennes, M., Corin, E. (2018). Next Generation Crosscutting Themes: Factors that Contribute to Students’ Understandings of Size and Scale. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi: 10.1002/tea.21443
Ennes, M., Jones, M. G., Kubasko, D. (2017). Inquiry into Action: Ecosystems and Animals. Science Scope, 41(3), 28-40.


Other Publications
Ennes, M. & Jones, M. G. (2018). Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientistsThe Conversation.
Ennes, Megan E. (2014). We Sea Change: Climate Change Education at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. InterpNews: The International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine. 3(5), 37-39.
Ennes, Megan E. (2013). Little Ripples Cause a Big Wave of Change. Conservation Education Committee Newsletter, 7(3), 10.
Ennes, Megan E. (2011) We Sea Change. Masthead: Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association Newsletter, 31(1), 1-6.
Ennes, Megan E. (2010) Seagrass Classroom Activity. Masthead: Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association Newsletter, 30(1), 6-7


44 National and International Conference Presentations

27 Regional, State, and Local Conference Presentations

13 Teacher In-Service Presentations

8 Invited and Campus Presentations