Teaching

Humans dominate the Earth, impacting it in ways that threaten the ecosystems that sustain us. I teach students the fundamentals of environmental science so that they can participate in solving environmental problems by making educated decisions in their lives and for their communities.

Current Courses - Temple Univeristy

Spring 2017 BIOL 2227 – Principles of Ecology
This course provides an overview of ecology from the level of the individual organism to populations, communities and ecosystems. It examines the physical, chemical, and biological components of ecological interactions, and includes a comparative treatment of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Credit Hours: 3.000 Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Base Lecture

Experience

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Introduction to Biology I - I TAed (1 semester) a lab section for this majors course on evolution, genetics, behavior.
Introductory Biology II - I TAed (4 semesters) discussions and labs for this majors course on evolution, ecology and physiology.
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution - I TAed (2 semesters) discussions for this non-majors course on biodiversity and global problems.

University of Central Arkansas
Principles of Biology II - I TAed (1 semester) labs for this majors course in ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior.

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Advanced Field Ecology and Conservation - I gave biometry lectures, R tutorials, and mentored students on how to analyze data from their mini-research projects performed in the field (5 week course).

What you can expect from me in my courses

I strive for a classroom environment that fosters active learning where students interact with each other and are engaged in their own education. I believe this engagement is possible regardless of class size. In large courses, I achieve active learning through dynamic, interactive lectures. In smaller courses, I incorporate small group activities where students discuss and debate conservation issues. I teach students that the scientific method is both accessible to everyone and a strong framework to make sense of the world and its environmental problems. I develop class projects that push students to use the scientific method to derive their results. I help students to refine their analytical and writing skills so that they can interpret and clearly present their findings such that a general audience can understand their conclusions. Students leave my courses as well-trained scientists ready to make a positive impact on the world.