Teaching

Courses and Topics I Could Teach, Based on Knowledge and Experience

Biology     Ecology     Wildlife Biology     Wildlife Ecology     Human Anatomy and Physiology                             Intro to Statistics     Scientific Communication     Genetics     Evolution     Population Genetics             Population Dynamics     Environmental Science     Ornithology     Mammalogy                                                         Global Environmental Issues      Wildlife in America     Global Wildlife     Intro to German                                   Field Techniques for Ecology    Landscape Ecology     Landscape Genetics     Urban Ecology                       Applied Genetics     Animal Behavior     Behavioral Ecology     Zoology     Conservation Genetics     Conservation Biology     Human Genetics     Our Natural World     …and many more!

Teaching Experience as a visiting lecturer in the Biology Department at Indiana University South Bend, 2013-2014

2014 – L102 – Biology Lab for Biology Majors

Topics covered included photosynthesis, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, embryonic development, among others. Working alongside other biology faculty, I taught standard biology lab methods. I emphasized the importance of superior writing skills within a scientific framework, which students could demonstrate through lab reports and a semester project. I provided specialized guidance to a few struggling students, in regards to language and home-life challenges.

What the critics had to say: Evaluations_IntroBio2014_IUSB

2014 – N190 – Life Sciences for Elementary Teachers

Topics covered included evolution, basic anatomy and physiology, genetics, the nitrogen and carbon cycles, meiosis and mitosis, modern environmental issues, climate change, native wildlife, among others. I led the lecture and lab for this course. The purpose of this course was to teach basic tenets of biology and the physical sciences to future elementary teachers. I incorporated a range of teaching methodologies, including class discussion, pop quizzes, think-pair-share, and projects. Working with two staff members that had previously taught the course, I reorganized the material, updated the labs, and incorporated two natural resources labs: one focused on native plant species, and the other on native animals and animal behavior.

What the critics had to say: Evaluations_IntroBioTeachersLecture_IUSB

2014 – P262 – Anatomy and Physiology Lab

The topics covered included the circulation system, muscle identification, the reproductive system (including the female cycle and birth control), the urinary system, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, the digestive system, the immune system, among others. I taught two lab sections per week. This entailed a 1 hour lecture to provide background on the topic, then guiding the students through dissections and identifying parts of specimens and models. Teaching methodologies included pop quizzes, teaching mnemonics for help with memorization, and encouraging students to find answers for themselves (independent study).

2013 – L101 – Biology Lab for Biology Majors

Topics covered included plant systems and functions, bacteria and adaptation to antibiotics, meiosis and mitosis, population demographics, among others. Working alongside other biology faculty, I taught standard biology methods, while emphasizing sterile lab technique. I intensively taught writing skills within a scientific framework. I led the students on field trips, and demonstrated proper techniques regarding bacteria cultures and microscope use. I guided students through an intensive research-oriented group project, which culminated in a presentation.

What the critics had to say: Evaluations_IntroBio_IUSB

2013 – N190 – Animals Among Us

This course served as a gen ed science requirement for non-biology majors. Essentially, I included basic principles of biology and then used those as a springboard to teach intro to zoology. Topics covered included biological principles (the scientific method, what makes something “alive”, what makes something an “animal”), sexual and asexual reproduction, embryonic development, the taxonomic system, a simplified review of each phylum (description and example members thereof), speciation, population genetics, evolution, native wildlife identification, among others. I constructed lectures, exams, quizzes, and labs, incorporating a range of teaching styles, including pop quizzes, periodic feedback from students, think-pair-share, guest lecture by a scientist that studies a threatened species, a field trip to the zoo to engage in ethology, and individual projects with a final presentation.

What the critics had to say: Evaluations_AAU_IUSB

2013 – N190 – Life Sciences for Elementary Teachers (Lab)

Topics covered included evolution, basic anatomy and physiology, genetics, the nitrogen and carbon cycles, meiosis and mitosis, modern environmental issues (climate change, pollution, human population, loss of biodiversity), native wildlife, among others. I taught two labs per week, emphasizing basic tenets of biology. Students were introduced to teaching material for science courses that are appropriate and engaging for elementary students. In the labs, I emphasized proper lab techniques, including microscope use, DNA isolation, principles of the scientific method, careful observation, and accurate reporting of findings.

What the critics had to say: Evaluations_IntroBioTeachers_IUSB

Teaching Experience as a PhD candidate in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University

2013 – FNR373 – Summer Wildlife Practicum

I demonstrated mist-netting and bird handling techniques to students. I provided guidance to students regarding visual and audible bird identification. Instructor: Dr. Barny Dunning

2011 – FNR348 – Wildlife Investigational Techniques

I prepared specimens, graded exams, and trained students on trapping and handling techniques of mammals in the field. I set up a trapping grid and performed maintenance on traps of various ages. I presented lectures when the instructor was unavailable. Instructor: Dr. Harmon Weeks

2009, 2011 – FNR488 – Global Environmental Issues

I prepared materials for class, guided discussions and graded exams. Instructor: Dr. Barny Dunning

Teaching Experience as a Masters Student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at THE Ohio State University

2006 – SENR624 – Wildlife Identification and Management

I taught lab, created and graded quizzes and exams, managed the sample collection, and assisted students with identification of wildlife sign and samples. I also guided students through necropsies of Canada geese, and provided assistance with trapping small mammals and demonstrating radiotelemetry in the field. Instructors: Drs. Stan Gehrt, Robert Gates, and Paul Rodewald

2004, 2005 – SENR222 – Natural Resources Data Analysis

I taught recitation and lab, graded homework, and helped students with problems. Instructor: Dr. Bill Christenson

Teaching Experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria

2002-2003 – Fulbright Scholarship – Gymnasium und Volksschule Maria Regina der Kongregation der Schwestern vom Armen Kinde Jesu, Billrothgymnasium

As a native speaker of English, I created novel lessons for elementary and high school students. This included demonstrating songs, dialogue, and American customs. I also coordinated with several teachers at each school to best serve their interests.

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