Teaching


Courses Taught
2014                           Foundations in Biology II (Lecture -- 3 sections), LIU-Post 
2013                           Marine Ecology (graduate level), BIO 609 (Lecture), LIU-Post 
2013-2014                 Foundations in Biology II (Lecture & Lab), LIU-Post 
2012-2014                 General Biology II, BIO 104 (Lab), LIU-Post 
2011-2014                 Ecology, BIO 109 (Lecture & Lab), LIU-Post 
2011-2014                 Foundations in Biology I (Lab), LIU-Post 
2011                           Belize I: Forest & Marine Ecology (Field Course), Miami University (Miami, OH) 
2010-2011                 Issues in Biodiversity, Miami University 
2010-2011                 Issues in Evolution, Miami University 
2009                           Ecology and Evolution (Lecture), Goucher College (Towson, MD) 
2005                           Writing Consultation Across the Curriculum, University of New Hampshire (Durham) 


Mentoring Experience 

As Graduate Advisor:

1) Michael Roy, a Biology master’s student, 2013-present

2) Martha Sanderson, a Biology master’s student, 2014-present

3) Leidy Leon, a Biology master’s student, 2012-2014. Leidy successfully defended her master’s thesis on 5/27/14. Thesis title: “Phenotypic, genetic, and ecological differences in two major ecotypes of North American Littorina saxatilis.”

 

As Undergraduate Mentor:

   1) Laura Moritzen (Ryder University), Summer Undergraduate Intern, Biology, LIU-Post, Summer 2014

2) Kelley Kroft, Undergraduate Research, LIU-Post, 2012-present. I will be Kelly’s faculty mentor for her honors

       tutorial and thesis in the Biology Department during the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

3) Javier Ticona, Undergraduate Research, LIU-Post, 2012-present.

4) Kelly Bartley, Undergraduate Research, LIU-Post, 2013-present

5) Jack Morrow, Undergraduate Research, LIU-Post, 2013-2014.

6) Meyglys Mateo, Undergraduate Research, LIU-Post, 2013-2014

7) Rabeel Ahmad, Undergraduate Research, LIU-Post, 2014

8) Zachary Holmes (UGA student), Summer Undergraduate Intern, Biology, LIU-Post, Summer 2013. Partially due to

      Zack’s experiences with parasite ecology in my lab, he has been offered and has accepted a prestigious fellowship in

      disease ecology with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2014-2015.

9) Cristian Dimitrescu, Undergraduate Research, Biology, LIU-Post, 2012      

10) Melanie Bram, Undergraduate Honors student and Summer Intern, Biology, LIU-Post, 2011-2012    

11) Anne Phillip, Intern, Marine Invasions Lab, SERC, 2011

12) Linsey Haram, Intern, Marine Invasions Lab, SERC, 2010

13) Kristin Maglies, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Intern, SERC, 2010

14) Jessica Dawson, Visiting Student, University of Cape Town, NSF Research Coordination Network, 2010

15) Caitlin Hamer, Intern, Marine Invasions Lab, SERC, 2008-2009

16) Carolyn Keogh, REU Intern, Shoals Marine Laboratory (Appledore Island, ME), 2007

 

As High School Mentor:

        1)   Ben Lahoud, Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District (Merrick, NY), 2014-present.

2)   Sylvette Diaz, Valley Stream Central High School (Valley Stream, NY), 2014-present.

3)   Isabella Kernin, High School student, Herricks High School (Searingtown, NY), 2013-present.

4)   Jaclyn Onufrey, High School student, Wantagh High School (Wantagh, NY), 2013-2014. Jaclyn was a semifinalist for the National Intel Talent Search Program for Science & Engineering for the 2013-2014 competition. Her manuscript for the research she performed in my lab is entitled: “Invasion of the Asian shorecrab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus) to Eastern USA: Population Genetics, Distribution, and Abundance” (https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-sts-2014-semifinalists).

Undergraduate and Graduate Thesis Committees and Reader:

1) Peter Hong, Biology master’s thesis committee, LIU-Post, 2014-present.

2) Ingrid Frangos, Biology master’s thesis committee, LIU-Post, 2014-present.

3) Krystin Phelan, Biology master’s thesis committee, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 2013-present.

4) Mica McCarty-Glenn, Ecology and Evolution doctoral dissertation committee, Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), 2013-present.

5) Lin Wang, Biology master’s thesis committee and reader, LIU-Post, 2014.

6) Chao Zhang, Biology master’s thesis committee and reader, LIU-Post, 2014.

7) Hui Yang, Biology master’s thesis committee and reader, LIU-Post, 2014.

8) Lin Wang, Biology master’s thesis committee and reader, LIU-Post, 2014.

9) Stephanie Minero, Forensic Sciences master’s thesis committee and reader, LIU-Post, 2013-2014

10) Nicole Chodkowski, Biology master’s thesis committee and reader, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 2012-2013.

11) Catherine Avelar, Biology undergraduate student, reader for honors thesis, 2013.

12) Lisa-Marie Nisbett, Biology master’s thesis committee and reader, LIU-Post, 2012.