Teaching

Working at universities for 7+ years I've had the opportunity to share some of the knowledge I've learned through my experiences. Some of the courses I've co-taught include Ecotechniques - an undergraduate course on quantifying common variables in environmental science (e.g., production & respiration), Water Pollution - a graduate course where I covered aspects of aquatic toxicology, Ecosystem Ecology - a graduate course covering topics included watershed processes, metabolism, subsidies, mass balance, and disturbance events. At VCU and UVA I have taught sections of Ecology Lab, where I lead groups (5-14) of junior-senior level undergraduate students in field and laboratory exercises on fundamentals of Ecology, data collection, statistical analyses, data interpretation, and scientific writing. Currently, I help teach Limnology - a combined graduate/undergraduate course on the study of inland waterways.

My broad view/goal of teaching is to build a strong foundation of the concepts and material being covered, rather than to quickly cover a breadth of topics. At a finer, lecture scale I follow the advice of my father, Craig Tassone, a retired public school teacher with 30+ years teaching experience, "tell [the students] what you're going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them." The end goal is that by applying these broad and narrow methods of teaching, students come away feeling they have learned the material rather than memorizing the material.