Charbel Niño El-Hani


Biology Teaching Lab. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Biology from Federal University of Bahia, in 1992; his Master degree in Education from Federal University of Bahia, in 1996; his Doctoral degree in Education from University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2000. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with Claus Emmeche, from 2003 to 2004. He coordinates the National institute of Science and Technology in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies in Ecology and Evolution (IN-TREE), supported by CNPq and CAPES, which gathers together 240 researchers from 31 Brazilian and 35 foreign institutions. He coordinates the science popularization initiative Cafe Scientifique Salvador ( and writes in the Blog Darwinianas (, linked to IN-TREE. The lab is linked to two communities of practice, a virtual community of practice (ComPratica) devoted to biological education and a community of practice with basic education teachers from the municipality of Conde, Bahia, who work in schools located in traditional fishing communities. It is also linked to a collaborative research group involving primary and high school teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, preservice teachers, and researchers. Main research interests: Science Education Research, Philosophy of Biology, Theoretical Biology (especially linked to Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Conservation and Animal Behaviour) and History of Biology.