Travis Lund was born and raised among the redwoods in Crescent City, CA, before he headed north to Oregon to study chemistry and biology as a first-generation college student at George Fox University. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder for various kinetic studies of DNA replication enzymes, as well as the organic synthesis of interesting (to him, at least) nucleotide analogues. While in graduate school at CU, he also first became involved in the discipline-based education research community, including undertaking an analysis of question-order effects in chemistry concept inventories. Deciding that he enjoyed chemistry education research as much or more than "bench" chemistry research, he decided to pursue it full-time as a postdoctoral researcher, studying the awareness and adoption of evidence-based instructional practices among university STEM faculty.
Travis is married to Eva-Lynn, a nurse originally from Burns, OR. Together, they love Euro-style board games, tasty microbrews, and corny action movies (ideally all in the same evening). Like many Oregonians, they enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling the country and the world. The son of small business owners in the tourism industry, Travis has long been a travel addict; to date, he has visited 33 US states (and 8 of the 13 Canadian provinces/territories), 26 of the 59 US national parks, 19 countries (22 if you count airports, which you shouldn't), and 6 continents (Antarctica is still on his bucket list).
Beginning in fall 2014, Travis is excited to extol the wondrousness and relevance of chemistry to Oregon Tech health science students as an Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences Department. He and Eva-Lynn are both quite thrilled to be returning to rural, Pacific Northwest living.