Barry Golden grew up overseas in a military family. Prior to joining the UT faculty, he worked at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he received his PhD in Science Education. While at FSU, he served as the Project Manager for an NSF project investigating the effects of RET programs on Science teachers’ understandings about inquiry. Barry taught high school and middle school science for nine years, focusing mostly on Physical Science and Earth-Space Science. He went to FSU for his BS (Psychology) and his M.S. (Science Education) degrees. His areas of interest include climate change education, conceptual change, the nature of science, argumentation, and inquiry. He is particularly interested in investigating how children come to understand complex scientific concepts such as climate change. In his teaching, he tends to emphasize the big ideas of science, philosophy of science, and the construction of evidence-based explanations.