Dr. Judy Diamond

University of Nebraska State Museum, 307 Morrill Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0374


Research Programs

Sociality and Cognition in Parrots
Visual Search and Prey Evolution

Outreach and Exhibits

Dr. Diamond is Professor and Curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum. A Fellow of the AAAS, she led the NSF-funded multi-institutional Wonderwise, Women in Science project and the Explore Evolution exhibitions, as well as the National Institute of Health-funded Biology of Human and World of Viruses projects. She co-authored the 2012 comic book, World of Viruses, the 2013 Belknap/Harvard University Press Book, Concealing Coloration in Animals, and most recently, the University of Chicago book, Thinking Like a Parrot: Perspectives from the Wild.

Publications list:

Bond, A.B., & Diamond, J. (2019). Thinking Like a Parrot: Perspectives from the Wild. Chicago, IL: U. of Chicago Press. Link to Book

Hill, P.W., McQuillan, J., Spiegel, A.N., & Diamond, J. (2018). Discovery orientation, cognitive schemas, and disparities in science identity in early adolescence. Sociological Perspectives 6: 99-125. doi:10.1177/0731121417724774.

Hill, P.W., McQuillan, J., Talbert, E.J., Spiegel, A.N., Gauthier, G., & Diamond, J. (2017). Science, possible selves, and the desire to be a scientist: Mindsets, gender bias, and confidence during early adolescence. Social Sciences, Special Issue, Gender and STEM. 6: 55. doi:10.3390/socsci6020055.

Gauthier, G., Hill, P.W., McQuillan, J., Spiegel, A.N., & Diamond, J. (2017). The potential scientist's dilemma: How the masculinization of science shapes friendships and science job preferences. Social Sciences 6: 14. doi:10.3390/socsci6010014.

Hall, B., West, J., Zimmer, C., & Diamond, J. (2017). Carnival of Contagion. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. Link to Book

Horn, M.S., Phillips, B., Evans, E.M., Block, F., Diamond, J., & Shen, C. (2016). Visualizing biological data in museums: Visitor learning with an interactive tree of life exhibit. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 53: 895-918.

Diamond, J., McQuillan, J., Hill, P.W., Spiegel, A.N., Smith, R., West, J., & Wood, C. (2016). Viruses, vaccines and the public. Museums and Social Issues 11: 9-16.

Allison, L., Smith, R., & Diamond, J. (2016). Watch Your Mouth! And Discover your Amazing Microbes. Altadena, CA: Bitingduck Press. Link to Book

Diamond, J., Horn, M., & Uttal, D.H. (2016). Practical Evaluation Guide: Tools for Museums and Other Informal Educational Settings. Revised 3rd edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Link to Book

Diamond, J., Martin, L., & Weiss, M. (eds.) (2016). Museums, health, and medicine. Museums and Social Issues. Vol. 11.1. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc.

Diamond, J., Jee, B., Matuk, C., McQuillan, J., Spiegel, A.N., & Uttal, D. (2015). Museum monsters and victorious viruses: Improving public understanding of emerging biomedical research. Curator 58: 299-311.

Jee, B., Uttal, D., Spiegel, A., & Diamond, J. (2015). Expert-novice differences in mental models of viruses, vaccines, and the causes of infectious disease. Public Understanding of Science 24: 241-256.

Block, F., Hammerman, J., Horn, M.S., Phillips, B.C., Evans, E.M., Diamond, J., & Shen, C. (2015). Fluid grouping: Quantifying group engagement around interactive tabletop exhibits in the wild. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’15), ACM Press, 867-876.

Davis, P., Horn, M., Block, F., Phillips, B., Evans, E.M., Diamond, J., & Shen, C. (2015). “Whoa! We’re going deep in the trees!”: Patterns of collaboration around an interactive information visualization exhibit. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 10: 53-76.

Novick, L.R., Pickering, J., MacDonald, T., Diamond, J., Ainsworth, S., Aquino, A., Catley, K.M., Dodick, J., Evans, E.M., Matuk, C., Sacco, J., and Scott, M. (2014). Depicting the tree of life in museums: Guiding principles from psychological research. Evolution: Education and Outreach 7: 1-13. PDF

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (2014). The visual trickery of obscured animals. American Scientist 102: 52-59. Online Access

Diamond, J. & Bond, A.B. (2013). Concealing Coloration in Animals. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Link to Book

Spiegel, A.N., McQuillan, J., Halpin, P., Matuk, C., & Diamond, J. (2013). Engaging teenagers with science through comics. Research in Science Education 43: 2309-2326.

Davis, P., Horn, M.S., Leong, Z.A., Block, F, Diamond, J., Evans, E.M., Phillips, B.C., & Shen, C. (2013). Going deep: Supporting collaborative exploration of evolution in natural history museums. Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) June 15-19, Madison, WI.

Diamond, J., & P. Kociolek. (2012). Pattern and process: Natural history museum exhibits on evolution. In: Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice., K.R. Rosengren, Brem, S., Evans, E.M., & Sinatra, G. (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Diamond, J., Floyd, T., Powell, M., Fox, A., Downer-Hazell, A., & Wood, C. (2012). World of Viruses. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. Link to Book

Diamond, J., Evans, M., & Spiegel, A. (2012). Walking whales and singing flies: An evolution exhibit and assessment of its impact. In: Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice. K.R. Rosengren, et. al. (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spiegel, A.N., Evans, E.M., Frazier, B., Hazel, A., Tare, M., Gram, W., & Diamond, J. (2012). Changing museum visitors' conceptions of evolution. Evolution Education & Outreach 5: 43-61.

Chua, K.C., Qin, Y., Block, F., Phillips, B., Diamond, J., Evans, E.M., Horn, M.S., & Shen, C. (2012). FloTree: A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes (and video). ACM ITS (Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces) Nov 11-14, 2012. Cambridge MA.

Block, F., Horn, M., Phillips, B.C., Diamond, J., Evans, E.M., & Shen, C. (2012). The deep tree exhibit: Visualizing the great tree of life to facilitate informal learning. IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) Conference. October 14-19, 2012. Seattle WA.

Horn, M.S., Leong, Z.A., Block, F, Diamond, J., Evans, E.M., Phillips, B.C., & Shen, C. (2012). Of BATs and APEs: An interactive tabletop game on evolution for use in natural history museums. Paper accepted by the Assn for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. May 5-10. Austin, TX.

Tare, M., French, J., Frazier, B.N., Diamond, J., & Evans, E.M. (2011). The importance of explanation: Parents' scaffold children’s learning at an evolution exhibition. Science Education 95: 720-744.

Evans, E.M., Spiegel, A., Gram, W., Frazier, B.F., Thompson, S., Tare, M. and Diamond, J. (2010). A conceptual guide to museum visitors' understanding of evolution. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 47: 326-353.

Evans, E.M., Spiegel, A., Gram, W., & Diamond, J. (2009). Integrating developmental and free-choice learning frameworks to investigate conceptual change in visitor understanding. Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education’s BriefCAISE, January/February, Issue 5.

Diamond, J., & Scotchmoor, J. (2008). Animal Coloration: Activities on the Evolution of Concealing Coloration in Animals by R. Stebbins, G. Gillfillan, & D. Ipsen. Revised Edition. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press. PDF

Diamond, J., & E.M. Evans. (2007). Museums Teach Evolution. Evolution 61: 1500-1506.

Diamond, J., & Scotchmoor, J. (2006). Exhibiting evolution. Museums & Social Issues 1: 21-48.

Spiegel, A.N., Evans, E.M., Gram, W., & Diamond, J. (2006). Museum visitors’ understanding of evolution. Museums & Social Issues 1: 69-86.

Diamond, J. (Ed). (2006). Museums and public understanding of evolution. Museums & Social Issues 1. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Diamond, J., Eason, D., Reid, C. & Bond, A.B. (2006). Social play in kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) with comparisons to kea (Nestor notabilis) and kaka (Nestor meridionalis). Behaviour 143: 1397-1423. PDF

Diamond, J., Zimmer, C., Evans, E.M., Allison, L., & Disbrow, S. (2005). Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Assn Press. Link to Book

Spiegel, A.N., Rockwell, S.K., Acklie, D.S., Frerichs, S.W., French, K., & Diamond, J. (2005). Wonderwise 4-H: Following in the footsteps of women scientists. Journal of Extension 43: 4FEA3. Online

Diamond, J., & D. Banks Beane (Eds.) (2005). Youth and science. Curator, Special Issue 48. 1-220.

Bond, A.B., & Diamond, J. (2005). Geographic and ontogenetic variation in the contact calls of the kea (Nestor notabilis). Behaviour 142: 1-20. PDF

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (2004). Social play in kaka (Nestor meridionalis) with comparisons to kea (Nestor notabilis). Behaviour 141: 777-799. PDF

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (2003). A comparative analysis of social play in birds. Behaviour 140: 1091-1115. PDF

Diamond, J., & Bond, A. (2002). Observing play in parrots. Interpretive Birding 3: 56-57.

Diamond, J. (2000). (Ed.) University natural history museums. Curator Special Issue 43, 180 pages.

Diamond, J., & Bond, A. (1999). The parrot that plays. Australasian Science 20: 17-19.

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (1999) Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot. Berkeley, CA: U. of California Press. Link to Book

Diamond, J., Hochman, G., Gardner, S., & Schenker, B. (1996). Multimedia science kits: Museum project on the research of women scientists. Curator 39: 172-187.

Diamond, J., Bond, A., Schenker, B., Meier, D., & Twersky, D. (1995). Collaborative multimedia. Curator 38: 136-149. PDF

Diamond, J. (1994). Sex differences in science museums. Curator 37: 17-24.

Diamond, J. (1992). New directions for research. In: Patterns in Practice, S. Nichols (Ed.). Washington, D.C.: Museum Education Roundtable, pp. 187-190.

Bond, A.B., & Diamond, J. (1992). Population estimates of kea in Arthur's Pass National Park. Notornis 39: 151-160. PDF

Diamond, J. (1991). Prototyping interactive exhibits on rocks and minerals. Curator 34: 5-17.

Feher, E., & Diamond, J. (1990). Science centers as research laboratories. In: What Research Says About Learning in Science Museums, B. Serrell (Ed.). Washington, D.C.: Association of Science and Technology Centers.

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (1991). Social behavior and the ontogeny of foraging in the kea (Nestor notabilis). Ethology 88: 128-144. PDF

Bond, A.B., Wilson, K.J., & Diamond, J. (1991). Sexual dimorphism in the kea (Nestor notabilis). Emu 91: 12-19. PDF

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (1989). Lasting responsiveness of a kea (Nestor notabilis) toward its mirror image. Avicultural Magazine 89: 92-94. PDF

Diamond, J., Bond, A.B., & Hirumi, A. (1989). Desert Explorations - A videodisc exhibit designed for flexibility. Curator 32: 161-173. PDF

Diamond, J., Smith, A., & Bond, A. (1988). California Academy of Sciences discovery room. Curator 31: 157-166.

Diamond, J., St. John, M., Cleary, B., & Librero, D. (1987). Exploratorium's explainer program: long-term impacts on teenagers of teaching science to the public. Science Education 71: 643-656.

Diamond, J. (1986). The behavior of family groups in science museums. Curator 29: 139-154.

Diamond, J. (1986). Museum learning: where learning and play go hand in hand. Lawrence Hall of Science Quarterly Spring: 34-35.

Diamond, J., & Bond, A.B. (1983). The transmission of learned behavior: an observational study of father-child interactions during fishing. Ethology and Sociobiology 4: 95-110. PDF

Diamond, J. (1982). Ethology in museums: understanding learning. Roundtable Reports 7: 13-15.

Semper, R., Diamond, J., & St. John, M. (1982). The use of exhibits in college physics teaching. American Journal of Physics 50: 425-430.

Diamond, J., Virgason, T., & Ramey, G. (1981). Medical technology and the public: An experiment in participation. Curator 22: 281-298.

Bekoff, M., Diamond, J., & Mitton, J. (1981). Life history patterns and sociality in canids. Oecologica 50: 386-309.

Laetsch, W.M., Diamond, J., Rosenfeld, S., & Gottfried, J. (1980). Children and family groups in science centers. Science and Children 17: 14-17.

Bekoff, M., & Diamond, J. (1976). Precopulatory and copulatory behavior in coyotes. Journal of Mammalogy 57: 372-375.