I feel that teaching is one of the most important components to my professional life because it is the avenue for which I can engender others to appreciate our natural world. I hope that my students will become more knowledgeable about the organisms with which we share this earth, and that this knowledge will lead to fostering a greater appreciation for the natural world. One of the most rewarding and satisfying aspects of teaching is the moment when the student's light comes on and when this happens I feel one would be hard-pressed to find equal satisfaction in any other profession. See my teaching philosophy statement for more on this.
|I truly enjoy teaching students of all ages. I realized this when I was young and I would enjoy, rather than despise, helping peers with homework. I enjoyed working in groups and assisting others find solutions. One of my greatest passions is teaching in the outdoors. In the photo to the right I am showing my daughter how to use binoculars to look at a Pinon Jay in Cave Creek Canyon, AZ.||
My experience in Teaching
Courses I have Instructed:
DNA Techinques (hands-on course covering DNA extraction, purification, amplification and sequencing)
Undergraduate Research (one-on-one mentoring of undergraduates)
Courses I have taught as a Teaching Assistant:
Principles of biology
Courses I have guest lectured in:
While conducting research in Belize and Honduras, I have supervised two undergraduates from Auburn University and four undergraduate students from various universities in the United Kingdom. These students were working on their own independent projects that were developed through proposals at their home institutions. Two of these students are now pursing graduate work: one is in Bruce Kingsbury's lab at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and another is in the Durell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent.