Teaching

community ecology

(Biol 472)

This course consists of a mix of lectures, group exercises, and discussions of primary literature. All students conduct a meta-analysis on a question of their choice. This meets the Biology and Wildlife requirement for a capstone project.

Students in Community Ecology learn sampling techniques

Introduction to plant biology (biol. 239)

This is a general plant course that includes topics like plant morphology, diversity, plant-animal interactions, and plant conservation. It includes lectures, group projects, and labs.

Students in Intro to Plants sample dishes they prepared during the "Diversity Lunch". The challenge: to include as many FAMILIES of plants as possible while keeping it edible!

Scientific writing, editing, and revising

(BIOL 604)

This course is aimed at graduate students who have completed the data analysis sections of their research and are ready to write a manuscript for publication. We also work on editing skills and learn about the publication process.


Students in Scientific Writing literally cut-and-paste paragraphs of other students' papers in one group exercise.

Fundamentals of Biology II

(BIOL 116)

This course is the second half of the introductory sequence in the Biology and Wildlife Department. I usually co-teach this course, focusing on the ecology and diversity sections. Most recently this class has been taught in a partially flipped format, where on "Flipped Fridays" students engage in group activities.

Current Topics in Scientific Teaching

(STO 692)

This course is aimed at graduate students in any of the sciences who are interested in strengthening their teaching and outreach skills and exploring science education literature that is relevant to them. . Most participants take this course as part of the Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching and Outreach; you can find out more about that program at: However, any graduate student with an interest in formal or informal education is welcome!