TEACHING and MENTORING

Teaching

I have three primary teaching objectives. The first is to train students to be critical thinkers. The second is to define my role as a teacher and the role of students in the classroom. The third is to create variety in my teaching to reach an equally diverse student audience.

I have taught a diverse number of courses including General Biology, Biology for Non-Majors, Human Anatomy, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Physiology and Anatomy and Physiology, Vertebrate Zoology and Mammalogy.

Currently, I am teaching the following courses at Pacific Lutheran University:

• BIOL 205 Anatomy and Physiology I
• BIOL 352 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
• BIOL 499 Capstone


Mentoring

I find that students really enjoy geometric morphometric techniques because they not only quantify differences in shape, but they also create intuitive visualizations of those differences. 


At PLU I am currently mentoring students looking at how selection for high voluntary wheel running influences male and female skeletal morphology differently.

  • 2014: shape, size and bone density differences in pelvic elements between males and females.
  • 2015: sexual bone density differences using microCT, and morphological variation in catfish in collaboration with Dr. Jacob Egge and his students

At Cal Poly, students worked with me on various projects both as volunteers and for course credit. The following are a few examples:

• BIO 400 Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates:
    
This course gives students an opportunity to become involved in the following:
        -Involvement in my current research projects
        -Assisting in cadaver dissections

• BIO 462 Undergraduate Senior Projects
    More advanced students who did senior projects based on my research interests or did a cadaver dissection project as a senior project.

Rebecca Ur discussing her senior research project during the poster sessions at Cal Poly's College of Science and Math Research Conference in the Spring of 2012.

• BIO 450 Undergraduate Laboratory Assistantship
    This course allows former students (only in Anatomy and Physiology or the time being), to serve as Teaching Assistants in the anatomy labs. A great way to learn anatomy and physiology     in greater depth and get supported experience in teaching. • BIO 500 Graduate Individual Study
    Designed for graduate students, this course allows them to work closely with me on their research projects or facets of their research projects.

John Pamplin II (In the Morehouse shirt) working in the lab (Summer '09). Part of UCR's MSRIP (mentoring summer research internship program) (http://www.graduate.ucr.edu/APO/MSRIP.html).
John went on to present his research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).