Teaching Experiences 

Penn State, St. Lawrence University

Penn State University: Biology 110 Summer 2005

The summer following my doctoral graduation, I taught a summer session of General Biology to a large audience of undergraduates at PSU. Topics covered included photosynthesis, respiration, species interactions, biodiversity, conservation, nutrient cycling, etc. In addition, I served as course coordinator for labs which covered topics from antibiotic resistance to genetic mutation transmission.

St. Lawrence University:  Vertebrate Natural History Fall 2005

VNH at SLU focused attention on getting students aware of the natural world around them. We learned specific techniques to handle and observe animals as well as communicate observations in natural history journals. Students collected animal tracks throughout the semester and developed independent research projects that focused on observations of their favorite animal in the North Country woods. Labs included practice with radio-telemetry, trapping minnows, glow-dusting rodents, birding, canoeing, and numerous nature walks.

 Canoeing on the Little River fall 2005










Tree frog at Indian Creek Nature Preserve.




 Field trip to Walden Pond, MA.





Field trip to Harvard Natural History Museum, Boston, MA.



  Lab at Massaweepie Mire, Gale, NY.




Herp hunting at Massaweepie Mire.




Carly Frasier and Lauren Jaquin setting traps for a night of rodent trapping.




St. Lawrence University: Conservation Biology

Spring 2006 

Conservation Biology at SLU  was a course that covered numerous topics including biodioversity threats such as habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, conservation genetics, over-exploitation etc. Labs included visits to a windfarm and maple sugar grove, salamander experiments in silviculture treatments in the Adirondacks, meetings with the local land trust members, and guest lectures from local conservation researchers.

Lowville, NY windfarm field trip Spring 2006.





Lab at Adirondack Visitors Center: salamander hunting in silviculture treatments Spring 2006.



Lab at the sugar bush. Canton, NY spring 2006.

Lab at the Watertown Zoo, NY.


 Porcupine denning lab on the Kip tract of SLU campus.




St. Lawrence University: Desert Ecology Spring 2006

Desert Ecology is a course that covers all 4 SW deserts (Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave, Great Basin) in depth to create a backdrop for the cross-country field excursion at the end of the semester. Topics covered in class were animal and plant adaptation to harsh conditions, geology, micro-organisms, conservation, culture, and climate to name a few. 7 students and I travelled cross-country for 21 days and stopped at numerous locations to observe characteristic desert species. Students spent several days exploring their independent research experiment in the Sonoran Desert near Saguaro National Park as well as at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. 

Nick Mills and Lauren Jaquin at the Living Desert Museum in the Chihuahuan Desert. May 2006.



 Carlsbad Cavern, NM.




 White Sands National Monument, NM.




 Saguaro National Park West, Tucson, AZ.



Biosphere II, Oracle AZ.




Walter Scherer setting pit-fall traps at OPCNM.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ.

Devils golf course, Death Valley, CA.

Joshua Tree National Park, CA.

Mesa Verde National Monument, CO.

Willis Creek Slot Canyon, Escalante Grand Staircase.

Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante Grand Staircase.