University of Calgary

Mindi Summers

  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research interests

My research focuses on student learning and undergraduate research experiences in invertebrate diversity, evolution, ecology, behaviour and systematics.


Teaching Awards

University of Calgary Experiential Learning Teaching Award (2021)

Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Early Career Award (2020)

Student Union Teaching Excellence Award (2020/2021); Nominations (2017, 2018, 2019)

University of Calgary Sustainability Team Teaching Award (2021)


Scholarship Awards

Faculty of Science Scholarship Excellence Early Career Award (2021)

University of Calgary Sustainability Research Team Award (2021)


Peer Reviewed Publications


Altiner D, Payne JL, Lehrmann DJ, Özkan-Altiner S, Kelly BM, Summers MM, & Yu M. 2021. Triassic foraminifera from the Great Bank of Guizhou, Nanpanjiang Basin, south China: taxonomic account, biostratigraphy, and implications for recovery from end-Permian mass extinction. Journal of Paleontology.


Branchaw JL, Pape-Lindstrom PA, Tanner KD, Bissonnette SA, Cary TL, Couch BA, Crowe AJ, Knight JK, Semsar K, Smith JI, Smith MK, Summers MM, Wienhold CJ, Wright CD, & Brownell SE. 2020. Resources for teaching assessing the Vision and Change biology core concepts. CBE-Life Sciences. 19(2).


McKay DM, Summers M, Buret AG, Emmett T, & Gilleard JS. 2019. Rethinking graduate education in parasitology: a case study. Trends in Parasitology. 35(9): 665-668.


Smith MK, Holmes NG, Walsh CW, & Summers MM. 2019. Using EcoEvo-MAPS to assess student thinking across the Four Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) framework. Ecosphere. 10(9).


Smith MK, Brownell SE, Crowe AJ, Holmes NG, Knight JK, Semsar K, Summers MM, Walsh CW, Wright CD, & Couch BA. 2019. Tools for change: Measuring student conceptual understanding across undergraduate biology programs using Bio-MAPS assessments. JMBE. 20(2).


Couch BA, Wright CD, Freeman S, Knight JK, Semsar K, Smith MK, Summers MM, Zheng Y, Crowe AJ, & Brownell SE. 2019. GenBio-MAPS: A programmatic assessment to measure students understanding of Vision and Change core concepts across general biology programs. CBE-Life Sciences. 18: 1-14.


Semsar K, Brownell S, Couch B, Crowe A, Freeman S, Smith M, Summers M, Wright C, & Knight J. 2019. Phys-MAPS: A programmatic physiology assessment for introductory and advanced undergraduates. Advances in Physiology Education. 43: 15-27.


Summers MM, Couch B, Knight J, Brownell S, Crowe A, Semsar K, Wright C, & Smith MK. 2018. EcoEvo-MAPS: a tool to assess student learning in ecology and evolution through the undergraduate major. CBE-Life Sciences Education. 17: 1-12. LSE Issue Highlighted Article.


Smith MK, Toth ES, Borges K, Dastoor F, Johnston J, Jones EH, Nelson PR, Page J, Pelletreau K, Prentiss N, Roe JL, Staples J, Summers M, Trenckmann E, & Vinson E. 2018. Using place-based economically relevant organisms to improve student understanding of the roles of carbon dioxide, sunlight, and nutrients in photosynthetic organisms. CourseSource.


Trenckmann E*, Smith MK, Pelletreau KN, & Summers MM. 2017. An active-learning lesson that targets student understanding of population growth in ecology. CourseSource.


Summers MM, Messing CG, & Rouse GW. 2017. The genera and species of Comatulidae (Comatulida: Crinoidea): taxonomic revisions and a molecular and morphological guide. Zootaxa. 4268: 151-190.


Rouse GW, Lanterbecq D, Summers MM, & Eeckhaut I. 2016. Four new species of Mesomyzostoma (Myzostomida, Annelida). Journal of Natural History. 50: 1-23.


Summers MM, Pleijel F, & Rouse GW. 2015. Whale falls, multiple colonisations of the deep, and the phylogeny of Hesionidae (Annelida). Invertebrate Systematics. 29: 105-123.


Summers MM & Rouse GW. 2014. Phylogeny of Myzostomida (Annelida) and their relationships with echinoderm hosts. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14: 170.


Summers MM, Messing CG, & Rouse GW. 2014. Phylogeny of Comatulidae (Echinodermata: Crinoidea: Comatulida). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution. 80: 319-339.


Summers MM, Al-Hakim I, & Rouse GW. 2014. Turbo-taxonomy: 21 new species of Myzostomida (Annelida). Zootaxa. 3873: 301-344.


Summers MM, Katz S, Allen EE, & Rouse GW. 2013. Association of rhizobia with a marine polychaete. Environmental Microbiology Reports. 5: 492-498.


Payne JL, Summers M, Rego BL, Altiner D, Wei J, Yu M, & Lehrmann DJ. 2011. Early and Middle Triassic trends in diversity, evenness, and size of foraminifers on a carbonate platform in south China: implications for tempo and mode of biotic recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction. Paleobiology. 37: 409-425.




Arvanitidis CD, Warwick RM, Somerfield PJ …Zeidler W. 2018. Research Infrastructures offer capacity to address scientific questions never attempted before: Are all taxa equal? PeerJ Preprints - Highlighted in 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity.


Open Education Resources


Neame T*, Ritchie S, Summers MM. Bumble bees of Calgary: A key and illustrated guide.



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