Teaching

The natural world and the mechanisms at work in it are exciting and relevant to every person's life, whether they pursue biology as a career path or not.  Subjects such as evolutionary biology provide a foundation for understanding everyday problems such as antibiotic resistance.  Natural history subjects such as ornithology, mammalogy, and herpetology enhance everyday enjoyment of wildlife and the outdoors.  An understanding of ecological principles enables people to make informed choices about natural resource use and conservation decisions they face every day.  Formal classes are an important method for conveying this information, especially for those pursuing biology as a career.  However, most people will develop and interest and learn about these issues through community outreach programs.  The goal of teaching and outreach is to help people become informed and curious citizens who will search out reliable information on their own, thereby enabling them to make good choices individually and help to shape conservation practices and policy at a local, state, and national level in a positive way.